Human Resources Awards Blog

How HR Award Winner's "One Company" Vision Increased Employee Retention Rates

Posted by Liz Dean on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

Aygaz of Istanbul, Turkey, received the Stevie® Award for Human Resources Team of The Year in the HR awards categories of The 2011 International Business Awards. (Entries are now being accepted for The 2012 International Business Awards, the world's premiere business awards program. Get your entry kit here and submit entries by the April 11 early-bird deadline for discounted entry fees.) Here we look at the steps the HR Team took to pull Aygaz and its subsidiaries together under a “one company” vision.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Aygaz is the main provider of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in Turkey, and is one of the largest LPG providers in Europe. In addition to producing and selling gas appliances, Aygaz has a subsidiary portfolio ranging from liquid petroleum gas trade to electricity generation, natural gas distribution, and maritime logistics. Led by Yagiz Eyüboglu, Aygaz's General Manager, the HR team was charged with adopting a single management policy to accommodate their numerous subsidiaries.

Integration Yagiz Eyüboglu
The human resources awards winning team at Aygaz seized the single-management policy as an opportunity to derive extra benefits through an integrated HR management within the new structure. The aim was to create synergy in HR through a shared vision and to provide benefits for all the new group’s stakeholders.

“One Company” Approach
The Aygaz Group’s HR processes were overhauled with the participation and contribution of all its subsidiaries.  The resulting “One Company” shared vision of HR processes followed five steps: 

1. Recruitment Process
The first step was improvement of the recruitment process. Interviews were integrated for similar vacant positions. This saved time for the HR team and provided candidates with information about different positions within the Aygaz Group. (The HR team also integrated their recruitment process with an internal job-posting system within the Koç Group of Companies, of which Aygaz is one.) This has allowed employees to manage their own careers, and in turn led to reduced employee turnover and increased employee motivation.

2. Training Program
Costs were significantly reduced through an integrated training program, while the average training time per employee increased. (In 2009, the average number of training hours per employee per year was 18; in 2010, this increased to 21 hours; and the current training time per employee is 25 hours.)

The HR team also designed an orientation program that provides information about all the group’s companies to more rapidly integrate new employees into the company.

3. Performance Management
The integration and “one company vision” necessitated an overhaul of the performance management system. This system now enables top management to share its objectives with all employees—and at the same time recognizing their achievements. Since 2009, all personal scorecards have been prepared in conjunction with Aygaz Group goals.

4. Compensation
Compensation management policies were also reviewed. New adjustments meant that Aygaz determined salary levels of employees by considering similar positions at other companies in the group. An “Equal Pay for Equal Work” policy was adopted.

5. Internal Mobility
Internal mobility has been actively encouraged and employees are now given the opportunity to move to other positions in the group without losing any of their rights.  A Social Activity Club was also launched to increase interactivity between Aygaz and its subsidiaries.

A Better Place to Work
By 2010 employee turnover at the Aygaz group had dropped to 2.5%, compared to the average rate of 9% in Turkey. 

The steps taken by the human resources award winning team to serve the bigger picture have resulted in Aygaz winning the Turkish Personnel Management Association’s Best Practice Award in Human Management in 2010.

About Yagiz Eyüboglu:
Yagiz Eyüboglu is the General Manager of Aygaz. Eyüboglu started his professional life as a Management Trainee at Arcelik in 1991. In 1993, he was transferred to Koç Holding Headquarters, where he worked for more than 10 years, finishing as a Financial Coordinator. Between 2004 and 2009, Eyüboglu assumed several different responsibilities within the Koç Group including CFO of Arcelik, CEO and Board Member of Beko Elektronik, and Human Resources Director of Koç Holding. Eyüboglu is a member of several boards, including the Turkish Confederation of Employer Associations and the Turkish Employers’ Association of Metal Industries. He is also the Chairman of LPG Assembly at The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey and is Vice President of the World LPG Association.

About Aygaz:
Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Aygaz manufactures and sells LPG devices and distributes LPG as auto gas, cylinder gas, and bulk gas to customers in 81 Turkish provinces as well as exports LPG devices to 22 countries in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Listed as Turkey’s 7th largest industrial company by the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce, Aygaz delivers gas cylinders to over 100,000 homes, and more than one million vehicles travel with Aygaz’s auto gas product, Aygaz Euro LPG+ every day. Aygaz has more than 15,000 personnel working at its headquarters and at its facilities and dealerships around Turkey. The organization sees these employees as key to delivering its promise to consumers to provide quality products and services—and to the community to use sustainable business practices.

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3 Best Practices for Leadership: Q&A with Jim Gillece, Senior VP of Human Capital Management at AlliedBarton

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Fri, Apr 15, 2011 @ 10:29 AM


Jim Gillece will chair the final judging committee for the human resources awards categories of The 2011 American Business Awards. April 27 is the final entry deadline for this year's ABAs.

Jim GilleceWhat are your top tips on best practices in Leadership?
At AlliedBarton Security Services we are strong believers in the culture of leadership, and three ways we encourage this are:

Mentoring: Those who have worked their way up to management or executive positions are encouraged to reach out and help others do the same. 

Training: Organizations that value leadership at all levels ensure that development opportunities are available for employees at all levels. Our front line employees and security officers complete voluntary training because they want to increase their knowledge and further their careers.

Recognition Programs: Employees must know what is expected of them and know that their company will support them as they perform their duties. If you have well-trained, empowered, and engaged employees, you will have satisfied customers who keep coming back.  

What item of news recently caught your eye and why?
Japan's earthquake and tsunami. I continue to be impressed by the global outpouring of assistance to this nation for the devastating losses it has suffered. I have also observed the unique role played by social media and technology in communication, relief, and response to this disaster.     

If you could choose another profession, what would it be?
I would be involved in some sort of nonprofit organization that could help provide more opportunities for children with autism or developmental disabilities.

What quality or qualities do you most value in your business associates?
Integrity, organization, and tenacity.

What do you think is the worst bad habit to have at work?
Saying “Yes” to everything, and procrastination.

As someone at the top of your profession, what keeps you inspired or makes you hit the ground running in the morning?
I really enjoy and am challenged by what I do, but I feel there is much more that needs to be improved and accomplished. Our security officers protect and secure the families and employees of our clients every single day. It is an honor to facilitate processes and programs for our “Everyday Heroes.” 

About Jim Gillece
Jim Gillece joined AlliedBarton Security Services in 2006 as Vice President, Learning and Organizational Effectiveness.  He was appointed Senior VP of Human Capital Management in 2007. Gillece oversees all human capitalmanagement including learning and development, organizational effectiveness, human resources, compensation, benefits, and recruitment.

Before joining AlliedBarton Security Services, Gillece worked for nine years at Pfizer, Inc., first as Specialty Division Manager in Union, Kentucky; then as Director, Global Leadership Education and Development in New York City, where he was responsible for the leader-of-leaders education level at Pfizer.

About AlliedBarton Security Services
AlliedBarton Security Services is a provider of highly trained, responsive security personnel. More than 50,000 employees and 100 offices provide security for several thousand clients in many industries, including approximately 200 Fortune 500 companies. AlliedBarton has been recognized by Training magazine, ASTD, Corporate University Xchange, Leadership Excellence, and the American Business Awards, among others. For more information visit

Want to win human resources awards in The American Business Awards or another Stevie Awards competition? Check out our free tipsheet, 10 Tips for Winning HR Awards in the 2011 Stevies.

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HR Award Winner Jeffrey Shuman Named to NAM Board

Posted by Michael Gallagher on Thu, Nov 04, 2010 @ 01:44 PM

CongratulatJeff Shumanions to Jeff Shuman, senior vice president of Human Resources and Corporate Relations for Harris Corporation, for being named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers. Read the press release here...

Jeff won the Stevie Award for Human Resources Executive of the  Year in The 2007 American Business Awards, has since then been a judge of the human resources awards categories in the ABAs, and is an all-around good guy. 

You can read Jeff's Stevie Award-winning nomination from 2007 on The American Business Awards web site.

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