Ergonomics in the dishwashing area facilitates inclusion
The Fair Resort in Jena benefits doubly from MEIKO technology
Inclusion – the employment of severely disabled people in a working environment – represents a major challenge. In Thuringia, for example, only just under 25% of the approximately 4,600 companies comply with the legal obligation to integrate a person with disabilities into their work processes. The Sport and Wellness Hotel Fair Resort in Jena is one of those companies.
In a place where managers meet for conferences that also features wellness and spa facilities, there is a prime example of inclusion, collegiality and smooth cooperation between public authorities and the private sector – behind the scenes and completely unnoticed by guests. The M-iClean H hood type dishwashing machine made by MEIKO also makes a major contribution. It is one of the most advanced of its kind in terms of efficiency and ergonomics – and it unleashes great integrative forces. Ivo Knoll, director of F&B at the Fair Resort, explains how: "We are always on the lookout for efficient personnel for dishwashing area. We thought it was great when Leon K. applied as a specialist in the hospitality industry five years ago." At the interview, however, the 22-year-old concealed one thing: his severe disability. "He didn't want us to think of him primarily as the handicapped colleague. It was important for him to earn his apprenticeship by his own efforts." And he did just that!
At first this meant more bureaucracy for the hotel management – but it brought new opportunities as well! "We had to make some investments in the dishwashing area." We knew MEIKO as a reliable manufacturer of the best dishwashing technology. The M-iClean H was a perfect match for Leon's and our needs and the Integration Office contributed financially to the investment costs." The newly hired handicapped colleague also received wage subsidies and there is financial support for his special requirements.
Die M-iClean H hood type dishwashing machine not only keeps operating costs low. It also ensures the workplace is suitable for the disabled. It is not only Leon K. who is responsible for a good working atmosphere. The M-iClean H hood type dishwashing machine produces less steam and – thanks to the automatic hood system and automatic rack detection – enables smooth and time-saving processes.