I had a pretty busy start to my time here in Sri Lanka, thrown in at the deep-end, that’s for sure. Within a day’s arrival, I had a 5am start to attend a training session for BIZ+ partners, on productivity principles. The session was in Matara which is what allowed us to scout around and find my home away from home over the next month or so.
As you can see the session was well attended and included a partnership with the Sri Lankan Government’s Dept of Productivity – making it easy for the businesses to establish and maintain important connections long after the BIZ+ project finishes.
As part of my Great Place To Work Certification preparation (GPTW), I visited a few businesses in the north and east of country – a whirlwind two-day tour with about 20 hours of traveling for 4 hours of meetings – phew! There is no other way to get there other than by car or bus ….
We visited a soya meat producer and a polysack manufacturer among others during this trip and of course I took some photos. I’ll be returning to a few of the businesses again this week to commence preparation for GPTW certification.
On Friday, I was asked to do an assessment of HR practices along with any obvious health & safety concerns at a few of the local businesses in Matara. Ajantha and I traveled with Dishan a digital marketer who will assist these businesses secure an online presence for their products. Very interesting to visit these small family run businesses, to learn how they started their businesses and the challenges they face: from cashflow to hiring skilled staff to connecting to markets. It;s the same issues all over the world.
Although I do not claim to be a health & safety expert, I posses oodles of common sense and this was put to good use, identifying areas for immediate fix at these factories!!
My visit to the shoe factory is up first.
Natural cosmetic business is next.
And finally the family run batik operation …. a tad primitive but really, just gorgeous work!
Long hot days is the trend, thank goodness for the opportunity for a cooling swim at the end of the day. And the business owners make my heart melt – they are passionate in what they do, are keen to learn and do better and treat their staff so well.
Sri Lankans really have hearts of gold, there is no doubt about it.