ABOUT PETERSEN INC.:
Petersen Inc. is a state-of-the-art facility, offering complete fabrication, advanced manufacturing, and machining services that are ideal for nuclear, petrochemical, aerospace, mining, and industrial projects, equipment, and parts. They are headquartered in Ogden, Utah, and are proud to be an employee-owned business with approximately 600 employees.
Petersen Inc. is very employee conscious and remains focused on the ever enhanced and improved employee experience. In part because of their desire to provide their employee’s valuable ongoing learning experiences and strengthening, Petersen Inc. was seeking an effective team- building exercise that would also bring about added benefits to enhance their financial strength and align all employees effectively to the Petersen Operating Way. Petersen Inc. opted to have each of their 600 employees participate in a team-building training offered by iMpact Utah, a sub-recipient partner of the University of Utah (UofU) MEP and part of the MEP National NetworkTM.
MEP CENTER’S ROLE:
iMpact Utah embarked on a partnership with Petersen Inc. to conduct their Pit Crew Challenge – Building High-Performance Teams – training with all 600 employees. In a pit crew challenge, teams work together seamlessly to accomplish meaningful goals. Participants learn continuous improvement and accountability principles through a hands-on pit crew simulation, developing the capacity to apply these principles to their company’s production, strategy, execution and leadership development challenges through a logistical challenge exercise. Training sessions were conducted with employee groups of 24 individuals over several weeks. Sessions were done to accommodate day, swing, and grave shifts.
- Improved alignment and engagement in the Petersen Operating Way
- Sharpened employee interaction skillset (thinking on your feet, own voice)
- Empowered employees to think differently by eliminating waste and non-value activities
- $80,000 in training with state partnerships
- Employee suggestions exceeded 2100 ideas implemented over a 25% increase from previous year.