“My first contact with FTG was a conversation with CEO Wim van der Plas. What struck me immediately was the warm reception, the openness in the conversation and the trust placed in them. Three elements that made me feel immediately included and that my contribution was appreciated. That invites you.
That warm feeling is reinforced when you notice later that the approachable and informal go hand in hand with treating each other with respect. Without regard to the person or position you hold. Everyone feels safe, valued and respected”.
Togetherness and sociability
The regional aspect means that many people know each other. This brings togetherness and even sociability, especially among young people, even when it comes to work. Even retirees like to come because of the social contact and to continue to contribute
These are important cultural characteristics to cherish and to realise the long-term ambition, “sustainable continuity” of the family business.
These are important cultural characteristics to cherish.
Building on the foundation of the past is important; understanding what history teaches us about the present helps us to see into the future. Even though FTG focuses on the future and the long term, the stories of the past must not be forgotten and must continue to be told.
FTG is an inquisitive company. Whereas in the past decisions were probably made more on intuition, nowadays modern techniques and systems are also used. FTG has the power to learn to deal with (and apply) new developments and techniques and to combine these with the intuitive, the strength of the family business. This makes FTG absolutely distinctive from many other companies.
Committed, connecting and enterprising
The pride in the family business is palpable across the generations. And also the will to contribute to the further development of the organisation. I like to see the older generation taking care of the younger generation, without favouring the family. After all, there is work to be done.
In order to take the next step as a company, it is important to continue to create the right conditions that align the above points with the company values. We want committed employees who remain cooperative and enterprising.