A successful Darlington cleaning business has been sharing its experiences with a high profile delegation from Singapore. MJF Cleaning Services was approached by members of the Singaporean Government after they read about the company's recent success at the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) People Management Awards where MJF was highly commended for its 'Focus on our people' project, an ongoing project to nurture staff and grow the workforce.
Tan Ying Shi and Ow Seng Fong, from Singapore's Ministry of Manpower, spent a day at MJF to learn more about how they implement HR initiatives such as appraisals, staff newsletters, options to study for industry qualifications, and the 'employee appreciation award scheme' to reward staff through incentives.
MD of MJF, Martin Ferguson, said: “The call from the Singaporean Government came out of the blue and it was a real honour to host the two representatives. We discussed common workplace issues and exchanged a number of ideas - it was amazing to meet people from a very different country but with such similar SME issues. It was a great opportunity to share knowledge and both parties learnt a lot from the experience. No matter where you are in the world, SMEs all share similar challenges and it was so useful to look at new ways of addressing them.”
Photo shows: Tan Ying Shi (left) and Ow Seng Fong from Singapore's Ministry of Manpower, with Martin Ferguson, MD of MJF.