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We put great effort into understanding our customers’ needs. We believe that facilities operational plans, objectives and targets have to be directly driven by customer needs.
ISS is a leading global provider of facility services, offering services on an international scale with leveraged knowledge and experience.
We have years of experience of helping our customers focus on their core business, by making their non-core jobs our speciality.
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Founded in 1901, ISS has grown significantly with presence worldwide and remarkable revenues and margins.
We strongly believe that the long term success of our company depends on the balance of social, environmental and economical aspects of our business.
Strong leadership skills and people management is essential at ISS because people are the source of our personal and business energy. This understanding is fundamental to the way we work and it governs how we relate to each other.
The ability of our leaders, at all levels, to guide and motivate must be based on human understanding, respect and responsibility – what we term The ISS Way.
The ISS way of management is described in 9 Leadership Principles. These set out how we relate to our clients, how we bring out the best in our people, and how we ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect. Together, the principles help create a working environment that benefits our people and the clients we serve.
You can study your customers. You can listen to your customers. But it’s not until you actually become your customer that you can really offer excellent service – when you live and breathe your customers’ needs, knowing what they want even before they do, anticipating their ever changing needs. It’s almost like having a sixth sense.
If you want great performance, motivation is the fuel you need. When you listen, encourage, advise, smile and motivate, you can be sure everybody will be prepared to walk that important extra mile with you. We all want to be part of a success, and creating high performance teams is the fuel that drives success in ISS.
Change happens - even if you don’t want it to. It’s a rule of the world, so why not get one step ahead? Make change, encourage change, drive change and your competitors will be the ones gasping to catch up. Don’t look for status quo, look for openness, adaptability and creativity in yourself and your employees.
Have you ever had a teacher in school who never yelled, but who everybody respected? There’s a good chance that the teacher showed a natural authority and combined it with a deep respect for the students. That’s exactly the leader you want to be: eye to eye with your employees but with a birds-eye view of the road ahead.
The great kings of ancient times were always the first to ride out, leading their army against a fierce enemy. Luckily, daily leadership in ISS is a more peaceful job, but role models are still needed. If you take responsibility and lead from the front then you can motivate your collegues and together you will in a cohesive way perform better.
Trust is the hardest thing to give away. It is giving away power. But as a leader you must be able to do just that. Give your employees on all levels the power to act. Encourage them to act, and you will see that your gift is treated with respect and responsibility. Actually, you will be the one receiving: commitment, loyalty and performance.
If you want a plant to grow, you don’t contain or restrict it. You give it lots of space, light and nurturing. And even though it sounds like a cliché, these are the exact same things your employees and you need to develop: room to move, space to unfold your potential, an eye for talent and lots of nurturing through coaching.
Everyone can gather a group of strong and talented people, but making them “play” together is a totally different task. Just ask any major club football coach. But as an ISS leader, that’s exactly what you are expected to do. By treating everybody as an individual and recognising their personal potential, you will be able to put together the best possible team.
It may sound like a contradiction, but only by showing a deep respect for differences and encouraging local initiatives can you truly build a global company with a united heart and soul. No matter how different we areacross all borders, we share the same values and principles. We lead, guide, act and do business under the umbrella of the ISS Brand and by emphasising the Human Touch.
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