Plant & Food Research is a New Zealand-based science company providing research and development that adds value to fruit, vegetable, crop and food products.
With over 800 people based at sites globally, at the heart of Plant & Food Research is a goal to underpin the growth of plant and marine-based industry through the successful application and commercialisation of research-based innovation.
A review of Plant & Food’s workforce demographics demonstrated that a significant proportion of their senior science leaders can be expected to transition to retirement within the next decade. It became critical to develop people at the organisation’s mid-level, so that they are well prepared for more senior roles now and ensure they have the leadership capabilities required for the future.
Understanding and articulating personal ambitions, desires and possible career pathways is typically challenging for people, requiring a shift in thinking from the immediacy of day-to-day activities to a one that is more holistic, complex and longer term.
Since Fuel50 was implemented, Plant & Food saw a vast reduction to 0% in turnover from critical talent.
During the project timeframe they saw a 7.5% increase in revenue, highlighting the related increases in productivity and efficiency with motivated, career-driven people.