« We are particularly focused on having equal professional development and equal pay for equal work between genders. »
What can you say about joining the PA program?
What would our company do without women? My answer is that we would be far from our current potential as here in the hairdressing business we have a majority of women, 112 women and 53 men. We are particularly focused on having equal professional development and equal pay for equal work between genders.
We also put focus on reconciling our employees’ private and work lives. The Positive Actions program helped us work on job classifications with a description of tasks, and we set up a system of equal bonuses for equal base salaries. Every individual knows that if he works well, the pay will follow in a proportionate and equal way for all.
In addition, we set up a special bonus for those who contribute to team spirit and team cohesion. Because we are stronger together. We gave a sense of responsibility to our managers and co-managers and raised awareness about equal opportunity and team spirit, the kick-off being a seminar in Durbuy, followed by coaching sessions. We set up professional interviews with every employee (only 36.8% of our employees reported having had an interview beforehand), which include training programs and career plans.
We hired someone in HR to help managers improve schedule management and take every employee’s preferences into consideration.
Focus on the company
We were founded in 1928 by my great-grandmother Mary Keiser, we are a family-owned company operating in hair and beauty. My brother and I are now the 4th generation to carry on the family tradition after both our parents. Our values are team spirit, integrity, honesty and client satisfaction through personalized advice. Today we have 13 salons and employ 165 people. We recently launched an independent hairdressing academy: Hair’cademy, 300m2 dedicated to professional training, for which we were awarded the craft Innovation Prize.