Our Ket­tel­hack Team

Our grea­test asset: is not only first-class pro­ducts and deca­des of exper­ti­se. But abo­ve all, the peo­p­le who sup­port and car­ry this com­pa­ny for­ward with toil and dedication.

Not only do we want to be a high-per­for­mance com­pa­ny, we also want to be an attrac­ti­ve employer.

To enable par­ti­ci­pa­ti­on, to invi­te ever­yo­ne to think and play a role in sha­ping things! Becau­se achie­ving top per­for­mance, tap­ping poten­ti­al and deve­lo­ping crea­ting solu­ti­ons takes more than know­ledge and skills. A good working atmo­sphe­re is important to us – for this reason, new col­le­agues are always assi­gned a men­tor. This faci­li­ta­tes fami­lia­ri­sa­ti­on and inte­gra­ti­on into the new working environment.

“It’s a love­ley fee­ling to expe­ri­ence so much trust every day. Here I am seen as a human being.”

Con­tri­bu­ting, par­ti­ci­pa­ting, shaping!

Only satis­fied employees put their heart and soul into their work. The key to this tre­asu­re: Trust, free­dom – and sus­tainable appreciation.

Whe­ther for­mal co-deter­mi­na­ti­on by our works coun­cil or issue-rela­ted working groups: It is important to us that our employees are actively invol­ved in the company.

We have abo­lished the typi­cal com­pa­ny meeting!

When we meet for dis­cus­sions the­se should be shaped by a dia­lo­gue ins­tead of mono­lo­gues. So speech is not reser­ved for the manage­ment team to inform ever­yo­ne else about new deve­lo­p­ments. Employees can also report on pro­jects that they have col­la­bo­ra­ted on. We also like to invi­te experts. With lec­tures, for exam­p­le, on nut­ri­ti­on or health at work, they have alre­a­dy pro­vi­ded us with many exci­ting food for thought.

Coming to work with a smi­le in the mor­ning – and lea­ving with a smi­le in the evening …

The Smi­ley pro­ject group is com­mit­ted to this belief. The par­ti­ci­pan­ts chan­ge with each com­ple­ted pro­ject. Employees deci­de them­sel­ves whe­ther they should join. One suc­cessful­ly imple­men­ted pro­ject and a real asset for all fresh air lovers is the green break area on the com­pa­ny pre­mi­ses. The idea and orga­ni­sa­ti­on of a com­pa­ny par­ty also came enti­re­ly from a Pro­ject Smi­ley group.

All employees who still have their 30th bir­th­day ahead of them are invi­ted to regu­lar­ly exch­an­ge ide­as and net­work in this group. The aim of the get-tog­e­ther is to deve­lop sug­ges­ti­ons that will sus­tain­ab­ly enrich our sen­se of tog­e­ther­ness. This has resul­ted, for exam­p­le, in the pro­gram­me entit­led “And what do you do?”. This invol­ves employees swap­ping places for a day and fami­lia­ri­sing them­sel­ves with other com­pa­ny divisions.

Employee repre­sen­ta­ti­ve, cont­act per­son for all cases and invol­ved in many are­as: The five mem­bers of our elec­ted works coun­cil have an open ear for all col­le­agues! At the com­pa­ny level, the works coun­cil is invol­ved in all essen­ti­al areas.

“A lec­tu­re on the topic of trust or a tas­ter ses­si­on of Tai Chi in our dis­patch hall: We invi­te a wide varie­ty of experts for our “Treff­punkt Dialog”.

Hea­ding into a Good Tomor­row, together!

The inter­ac­tion bet­ween the Smi­ley and Sus­taina­bi­li­ty Ambassa­dor pro­ject groups led to a gre­at syn­er­gy effect in 2018: The sus­taina­bi­li­ty ambassa­dors pro­po­sed the aboli­ti­on of dis­posable cof­fee cups, which had been com­mon in many are­as of the com­pa­ny up to that point. At the same time, the Smi­ley pro­ject group deve­lo­ped the idea of reno­vat­ing the out­da­ted break rooms. The result is impres­si­ve: Aes­the­ti­cal­ly plea­sing break rooms with a modern look, whe­re ful­ly auto­ma­tic cof­fee machi­nes with por­ce­lain cof­fee cups and car­bo­na­ted water taps are available to all staff and visitors.

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Par­ti­ci­pa­ting and shaping

Jan Ket­tel­hack per­so­nal­ly taps the first glass of water from the water foun­tain tap

Num­bers, data, facts

Our team con­sists of about 100 employees with strong tex­ti­le exper­ti­se. We offer our employees fle­xi­ble working hours (whe­re pos­si­ble), finan­cial secu­ri­ty through coll­ec­ti­ve bar­gai­ning and various oppor­tu­ni­ties to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the deve­lo­p­ment of the company.



Shop flo­or workers
Exe­cu­ti­ve employees
Paren­tal leave
under 30 years
30 — 50 years
over 50 years
Per­son­nel profile
“Among the 17 new col­le­agues sin­ce 2017, we were plea­sed to wel­co­me 8 young trai­nees who star­ted their app­ren­ti­ce­ship with us.”
The Ket­tel­hack team is also in a con­stant sta­te of chan­ge. The staff tur­no­ver rate in 2019 was 4 per cent. 
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