Our vision is to be a credible business partner in the field of employee engagement,
meaningfully and sustainably improving climate, culture and contribution,
to the benefit of organisations and their people.
Since 1994 our programmes have been implemented in more than 1 250 organisations in 32 countries reaching over 95 000 people.
The what and why of what we do
We strengthen the connection between organisations and their people, and people and their organisations. Through this we help shape organisations where people – and the business – thrive.
We therefore help organisations strengthen the psychological contract with their people, fulfilling the potential of both.
Employee engagement makes business sense. It:
increases employee wellbeing and work satisfaction,
strenghtens the Employee Value Proposition enabling the organisation to attract and retain key talent,
builds a culture condusive for peak performance and active participation, and
positively impacts the bottom line.
We impact engagement from two angles:
Aligning hearts and minds of employees to what is important to the organisation so that they are prepared to go the extra mile to help the organisation achieve success
Lighting a fire within leaders and equiping them with the skills to build and sustain a high engagement culture, making work a meaningful and positive experience.
We offer our clients:
23 years experience gained through working with more than 1 250 organisations in 32 countries,
representation throughout SA and in 8 African countries,
programmes and expertise to meaningfully impact all levels in the organisation, and
tools to sustain positive change.
How we work
Employee engagement is a journey and not an event. Collaboration and co-creation with our clients forms the core of our tried and tested 5 E approach. We do not provide solutions for clients, we shape solutions with them.
“I was amazed with how far we have come through the process My people are on board like never before.”
Lotta Sylwander, Country Representative, UNICEF Vietnam
“Your programmes and facilitators are amazing and made a huge contribution. Your team is probably the most responsive and most professional I have ever worked with.”
Lydia Rolanda, AME HR Director
“Feedback from line managers is that there has been a significant change in the employees. They have become more pro-active and have taken ownership and accountability for their performance. ‘The smell of the place’ has become extremely pleasant and more positive.” 9 months later: “Previously Pabod’s results in the employee engagement survey were far lower than our other breweries in Nigeria. This time it was on par with the others. Our performance has been the best it has ever been for a number of reasons, including the work done with Free To Grow.”
Yolande Chirwa, HR Director, Nigeria Breweries (at the time)
“Free To Grow supported the brewery teams at the different levels to mend the communication channels through open, honest and frank discussions. They provided a safe environment and earned the trust of people through their conduct to encourage employees to open up and share issues and barriers that kept the business from performing at the required levels. Feedback from employees at all levels of the business indicates a dramatic positive change in the way people communicate and interact.”
Johan Gouws, Technical Director, Nile
“One of the most important changes we have seen in the organisation is a dramatic improvement in the trust relationship between management and workers. Free To Grow also helped employees step up and play their part. This, together with other changes we brought about totally changed the landscape and impacted productivity positively,”
Willem Bernhard, General Manager, Blue Ribbon Mill and Bakery
“Free To Grow stands out from other providers:
Iconic organisation: They set a new standard in all that they do: the design of their programmes, how they engage people in the learning experience, quality of facilitators, how they create buy-in and raise awareness before the programmes and the quality of their feedback during and after the programmes.
Professional service: The ease of doing business with Free To Grow is outstanding. Their service is of a level we have never experienced before
Amazing results: The programmes touch everybody’s hearts. We stand amazed at the impact Free To Grow has had on our business.”
Jacque Matthee, Organisational Development Manager, APL Cartons
“We had the best season ever, in spite of all our people attending the programme during peak season. Free To Grow, coupled with the operational improvement, had a positive impact on OTIF Performance, Internal rejects as a % of production, Annual Sales & EBIT and Operating profits/Payroll.”
Wicus Maritz, MD, Rotolabel (Division of Bidvest)
"I really want to thank you for the Free To Grow training conducted at Peninsula during 2017. You and your team have done an excellent job to roll out the training while we were also implementing LEAN. The impact on our people is visible in the way they now talk and it clearly indicates that the effect is lasting. Not all training has this effect on so many people. I received only positive feedback from all staff who were part of the sessions, I can also see the change in some them even during very short interactions.
The Shape session showed us as leaders in the Cape region how important organizational culture is and how leaders are influencing the culture and therefore our people’s behaviour."
“Free To Grow as a service provider and the impact of their programmes are, in one word, phenomenal!”
Reubenette Motloheloa, Learning and Development Manager, MultiChoice Africa (at the time)
“We were particularly impressed with Free To Grow’s approach to the leadership training which was complemented with coaching circles to facilitate transfer of learning back into the workshop. The methodology kept participants active and engaged throughout the sessions and provided an open, enjoyable environment. Free To Grow has positively impacted on our people and contributed to their growth. We value Free To Grow as a partner and would not hesitate to recommend them.”
Irene Kamau, Group Head of Human Resources, Commercial Bank of Africa
“Free To Grow worked like magic. The level of commitment and ownership of our staff and team leaders increased dramatically. Performance is much, much better than before and the past season was the best we have ever had. We now e.g. deliver 21% more cases than in the previous financial year and our PD Turnaround time is 57% faster. Relationships – including that with the unions – are much more collaborative then before. There has indeed been a remarkable transformation here.”