Time and again we hear that our industry is revolutionising. Our continuous quest for improvement results in faster and faster innovation. What is currently the biggest challenge for companies? Not just optimising their processes but also – and perhaps more importantly – ensuring employees are and remain committed. And that is where Human-Centred Production comes in.


The fact that employee commitment is crucial to the success of your company may sound logical, but not all companies are aware of this or know how to secure their commitment. 

After having organised several successful boot camps in Flanders – in cooperation with Flanders Synergy – Valérie Debois and Robrecht Janssens developed a programme for Wallonia. 

"Our point of departure makes our boot camp unique: we start with a company's policy foundation and vision."

Valérie Debois: "The small details make the difference. When visiting a company, you can immediately tell if they are people-orientated or not. Does management exchange greetings with employees? Do people address each other by their first name? Informal behaviour at the workplace is often an indication of the corporate culture, and indirectly of the commitment of the employees." 

Therefore, Agoria developed a boot camp for small and medium-sized companies. And it truly is a boot camp: the sessions are thorough, intensive and primarily led by the participating companies. 

Robrecht Janssens: "Our point of departure makes our boot camp unique: we start with a company's policy foundation and vision. Where is your company going? Will you be focusing on a specific product or service? Do you intend to focus on digitisation of the internal processes? Or on something else? In order to stimulate employee engagement, you need to be fully aware of your goal." 

"Our objective is to truly redevelop the company and to have a human-centred transformation plan ready when boot camp is over."

During the first few sessions of the boot camp, various companies are brought together to make that first, important step through cross-pollination; without competing with each other. Next, they develop a strategy and plan of action. 

Robrecht: "Our objective is to truly redevelop the company and to have a human-centred transformation plan ready when boot camp is over. Participation of the following three key players is, therefore, essential: management, the production manager and the personnel manager. They all have a crucial role to play." 

A total of eight boot camps have been organised, seven in Flanders and one in Wallonia. The intention is to continue organising these boot camps in both regions. 

More information can be found here: https://www.agoria.be/nl/Bootcamp-Betrokkenheid-en-Duurzame-Inzetbaarheid-2019