Life at GA
GA is a family-owned and family-run business. Every colleague is seen as an extension of the family.
To reward all their hard work, GA has committed to enriching our colleagues’ lives by implementing Team Bonding Events such as an annual Family Fun Day, Christmas Parties, Sports Teams and Team Bonding Days Out. Yet that’s not all, read on to find out what life is like at GA.
GA has many Apprentices engaged throughout different areas of the business including Engineering, Human Resources, Accountancy and Business Administration. There are currently ten Apprentices employed at varying stages in their study programmes. These courses are completed at Runshaw College, Preston College, Southport College and St Helens College.
Furthermore, a new partnership has been launched between Runshaw College and GA. Runshaw College’s strategic partnership with GA was set up by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce Young Chamber programme, which works to increase engagement for students within the local business community to gain work skills, knowledge and experience to complement their academic qualifications.
Best Companies One To Watch Award
GA Pet Food Partners is proud to have been awarded the Best Companies One To Watch Award. The b-Heard Survey invites our colleagues to score 70 statements about their wellbeing, pay and benefits, personal growth, their team, the leadership and much more. It is scored on a seven-point scale that allows for more nuanced responses than an agree/disagree model or five-point scale. This, combined with Best Companies unique 8-factor model, provides GA with a structured and accurate insight into how our colleagues feel. The b-Heard Survey is strictly confidential, allowing our colleagues to give honest responses without fear of reprisal.
Once the survey is complete, GA receives a Best Companies Index (BCI) score which measures workplace engagement. If the BCI score is high enough, GA earns an accreditation. One to Watch is a special status awarded to organisations where workplace engagement shows promising signs for the future. Achieving a One to Watch status requires a minimum BCI score of 600 and reflects organisations with ‘good’ levels of workplace engagement.
GA has several colleagues who began their journey at GA working in the production areas of the company before progressing into office-based roles.
Diana Stan, who works within the Human Resources Department, began her journey working in the Small Pack Department before progressing to becoming a key member of the Human Resources team. Diana is from Romania and came to the UK in July 2014 with her husband, Alin.
Diana brings all the skills and knowledge of the production teams to the HR Department and offers guidance on what will improve the happiness and well-being of those working within the production areas. Diana is a huge advocate of the English Lessons, having studied herself at Preston College following her 12-hour shifts within the Small Pack department. Diana has found that having good English language skills has helped her develop herself within both GA and the UK. When asked about her GA journey, Diana said…
GA has set up a Colleague of the Quarter scheme which allows colleagues to nominate their peers to be recognised for going ‘above and beyond’ in their role. This award allows colleagues to be celebrated for their achievements and awards them with a £500 prize which is to be spent on a weekend away of their choice.
GA is keen to recognise colleagues and has also set up the Chairman’s Award which allows Managers and Directors the opportunity to present colleagues the recognition that they deserve as valued members of the GA family.
GA has recently appointed an independent English Teacher to provide English lessons to our European colleagues. The uptake for this has been fantastic, with 230 colleagues currently signed up. Improving their English language skills is vital to those wanting to create their own path within the UK. GA wishes to support colleagues of all nationalities in providing a stable and supportive life for them and their families. By offering English lessons, free of charge, GA can assist colleagues in achieving their goals and aspirations.
GA Sports & Team Building
From the four teams in the GA Football League to the Go Karting and Fishing clubs, we are keen to encourage and support any team building activities and clubs, with GA providing financial sponsorship to encourage our colleagues to join in. This allows them to socialise and grow closer with their teammates as well as with colleagues from other departments, further helping to improve the morale and physical and mental well-being of our colleagues.
GA Christmas Parties
Christmas would not be Christmas without a staff party, and at GA we are keen to ensure everyone can join in. That is why we have two parties to accommodate colleagues whose shift patterns restrict their availability. Each party is ensured to be a fun, informal experience, with live music acts, free food and drink and transport provided for our colleagues as our way of saying thank you for all their hard work throughout the year.
GA Family Fun Days
GA has also organised an annual family fun day to bring our colleagues closer together for a day of fun and festivities shared with their families. This great event allows colleagues that would not regularly socialise together to spend quality time getting to know each other informally with all activities and facilities paid for by the company.
Each fun day is themed around a fun event with 2019 based on the TV show; It’s A Knockout! Our colleagues organised themselves into teams of seven and competed against each other in a series of fun-packed games ranging from Wet Sponge Relay Races to the slip and slide inflatable obstacle course – complete with foam!