How to stand out from other employers and offer your employees exactly what will best meet their needs and encourage them to join the cargoGO logistics group of companies, where they can see the prospects for success and growth. Over the last couple of years, the number of employees in the company has grown five times. This is both a challenge and a great growth opportunity.
Osvaldas Švitra, CEO of cargoGO, firstly emphasises that the company focuses on young, ambitious future professionals who are currently students and are still looking for their career path. The organisation actively cooperates with various higher education institutions in the country and regularly presents its activities, professional development, and career growth prospects to students.
Career opportunities for motivated young people
“We welcome people with no experience who have a ‘burning desire’, motivation, ambition, and goals. Careers in our group of companies often start with an apprenticeship for future professionals. We invite students from different disciplines to do an internship to make sure that they have chosen the right path and that they find opportunities for growth in cargoGO,” says O. Švitra, “The fact that work and career opportunities in our companies are attractive to young people is evidenced by the fact that around 90% of future professionals who have completed their internship get a job in the cargoGO Group and continue to climb the career ladder. A large number of department managers are also young professionals.”
Another large part of the workforce comes to cargoGO through recommendations from existing employees. This shows that employees have a good microclimate, are heard, and are given the opportunity to express themselves and actively participate in the life of the company, contributing in every way to its growth.
“Therefore, it is not surprising when we receive friends, acquaintances, and former colleagues of existing employees who apply for a job because they have heard that the cargoGO group of companies has created a favourable environment to work and develop their professional competencies, as well as to develop their career”, says the CEO of cargoGO Logistics.
The organisation places great emphasis on creating and maintaining the emotional well-being of its employees. “We are well aware, and the results prove, that this is directly linked to employee performance: a good emotional state correlates with intrinsic motivation and the achievement of goals and the discovery and growth of talents,” says O. Švitra.
A leader, not a boss
O. Švitra emphasises that managers at different levels also contribute to the collegial climate in the organisation, which employees value.
“In our organisation, managers are true team leaders, not just managers or organisers. The qualities of a leader are manifested in an understanding of the need to focus on goals and results rather than on time. In our office, there is no strict control. No managers are standing behind colleagues and checking who is doing what,” says the CEO of cargoGO.
It’s no secret that nowadays, it’s not just the employer who chooses the professional but also the prospective employee who evaluates the employer and the opportunities offered. “In our organisation, employees have a wide range of options to choose from, such as the location of the workplace, the time they want to work, and the option to work either in the office or remotely,” says the company’s CEO. In times of crisis, it is also important to provide employees with something that helps them feel like a team: we organise joint events, including team-building and various types of training for our growing, young team.”
Career opportunities are the biggest benefit
O. Švitra, CEO of cargoGO, points out that the group’s employees often cite the career opportunities they find when they start working as one of the biggest benefits.
“Over the past year, many processes in the company have been digitised, which has reduced the amount of technical, routine work for specialists and allowed them to spend more time on work that adds more value and requires more creativity,” says the CEO, “This allows employees to demonstrate their skills and professionalism better.”
In today’s modern organisation, it is the norm to encourage employees by offering insurance, health care, professional development and training opportunities. “But what makes us unique is that each employee can choose these benefits according to their personal needs, for example, to learn a language that would be useful to them in their professional life, to attend a course of their choice, to attend international events abroad, etc.,” says O. Švitra.
In recent years the cargoGO group has been growing rapidly. While expansion has been limited by the challenges of the pandemic and, more recently, the war in Ukraine, the office staff alone has grown from 40 to 200 in just a couple of years from the beginning of 2020. The company’s restructuring has led to the creation of new divisions and positions, giving ambitious, intelligent employees the opportunity to prove their abilities and move up the career ladder within the organisation. Some employees have changed positions three times in just one year.
New office for further growth
Over the past few years, the cargoGO group companies have recruited the most transport managers due to the rapid growth of the truck fleet and freight forwarding managers. By the way, the successful expansion of the Forwarding Department, which also works with other logistics companies, was only created a couple of years ago, while the equally fast-growing Sales Department celebrates its second anniversary this summer. In the last year, IT and Customer Service departments have also been created.
The expansion of the administration has prompted cargoGO to seek more spacious and modern premises. At the beginning of April, the logistics company moved into Business Garden Vilnius, a business park being developed on Laisvės Ave. in the capital. The new 2,000 m2 office will accommodate 150 employees, with further expansion and greater prospects for the future.
The digitalisation of business processes, the focus on improving working conditions, and the acquisition of new companies and trucks increased the turnover of cargoGO from EUR 58 million to EUR 78 million in 2021, while the fleet of trucks grew by 65% in a year, from 340 to 560. As a logistics group, cargGO has been in operation for more than twenty years.