In spite of the health crisis and the economic crisis which the pandemic has provoked across the whole world, Galland has stayed on course. In this difficult context, the company has adapted itself and reacted with agility. Interview with Dominique Bec, head of Strategy and Development.

After the shock of the first lockdown, Galland reacted. The first decision taken: invest in the material necessary so that some of the employees could work from home. On the manufacturing site, everything was set up so that production could continue. “Honoring our deadlines means honoring our clients” insists Dominique Bec. “There were many ongoing orders and we had to fulfill them. Accumulating delays was out of the question”. Fortunately, the company has at its disposal a big stock of parts that makes it possible to work without interruption and based on voluntary participation: “The courage and commitment of the employees who accepted to continue working on site must be recognized”.

“We don’t leave anything to chance”

Protective measures were strictly applied, masks and hand sanitizing gel were distributed, social distancing was respected and soap dispensers were installed at all strategic points of the company. The lunch break hours were adapted so that employees could eat in the canteen but at staggered hours due to the circumstances.

“We don’t leave anything to chance: every morning, the employees take their temperature and the offices are disinfected at the end of the day. Even the goods carriers who deliver to us must follow a health protocol” says Dominique Bec.

A crisis is also the opportunity to change

For manufacturers concerned about the environment like Galland, labelled ISO 14001, working from home, online training and the rationalization of movements have been looked into carefully by those in charge. This pandemic is a hard blow, but it’s also an opportunity to learn to work differently, taking into consideration sustainable development. In this way, the company wants to pursue its projects without reducing its output. “2020 was at least a good year in economic terms. We continue to recruit personnel, in particular in the digital domain, and we have perspectives of expansion for our offices and our production equipment. We are beginning 2021 with the same amount of operational optimism.”