Atterbury has recently launched its groundbreaking innovation, AttNovate; a platform with the intention of nurturing new and inventive ideas from the group’s employees to improve business.
The company’s vision to channel ‘the power within, AttNovate began with Armond Boshoff, Deputy CEO whom passionately believes that innovative thinking is a necessary business skill which should be encouraged and developed. Armond recently completed a Masters degree of Business Administration (Cum Laude) from the University of Oxford and upon his return to Atterbury, AttNovate was one of the first initiatives launched.
“We have amazing staff and because they know our business so well, they are in a great position to identify opportunities to improve, advance and evolve. Now, we are providing them a way to put their creative thinking into action. I believe there are already many innovative ideas within the business,” says Boshoff.
Any employee can propose an idea, no matter how unusual or ‘out-of-the-box‘ which they believe has real potential for the business. There are no opening or closing dates; the initiative is ongoing with ideas evaluated as they are submitted. Every idea presented and assessed (which will create value through innovation) will receive a prize.
These ideas are just the starting point: these seeds of inspiration and innovation need to be nurtured and cultivated and AttNovate is the fertile ground to incubate, develop and test these ideas.
The big reward for Atterbury’s employees comes in the form of sharing in the benefits stemming from their idea, with a monetary amount linked directly to the economic value creation which their innovation produces.
“It inspires our employees to think creatively, whether their ideas are incorporated into the business or not. This way of thinking creates an even more stimulating and rewarding workplace and, thus benefitting our people and business overall,” highlights Boshoff.
AttNovate was presented to Atterbury personnel in mid-March and officially launched at the beginning of April, with several ideas being currently evaluated for implementation.
Boshoff is particularly interested in finding new ways to make construction cheaper and faster while maintaining or improving its quality. Also, he’s eager to receive ideas for ways to do things differently that reduce operating expenses within Atterbury’s property assets, while creating an excellent experience for building users and upholding, or even extending, the property’s life cycles.
“I’m already impressed with what I have seen so far … AttNovate has ignited a new passion in our business and increased the level of engagement generated by staff. I’m sure it will spark many more great ideas and I’m fired up to see what our staff come up with next.”