John Baker is the epitome of a trendsetter. The Zurich-based bakery returned to traditional methods even before sustainability became fashionable. Instead of using bread mixes and industrial yeast, John Baker opts for sustainable ingredients, all of which are either organic or Demeter-certified products.
Another difference is the dough proofing. The dough is given a lot of time to rise. The shopping experience, too, is matchless. When entering one of the two locations, you enter the actual bakehouse. Customers can watch the bakers while they do their work. No wonder that John Baker is considered Zurich’s "cult bakery".
John Baker was incepted by Jens Jung. After coming up with the idea of a sustainable organic bakery back in 1995, he founded the company with three friends in 2013. Today they run the two bakeries John Baker and Jung & Jung AG with a total of 120 employees at two locations in Zurich (Stadelhofen and Helvetiaplatz) and four additional points of sale.
Focus on the employees
Insurance partner from the outset: Zurich
Workshops to promote personal initiative
The defined objective is to boost the employee satisfaction, thereby reducing the fluctuation rate and promoting personal initiative. For example, this is done with the help of regular workshops that John Baker conducts with its employees in collaboration with Schuler.
This is a win-win situation. "Evidence has shown that companies in which the employees are satisfied and are able to be creative experience fewer sickness-related absences. That is something we all benefit from," says Schuler.
Of course, such a process does not end on a specific day. "This is a permanent task. Obviously, it requires a lot of commitment on the part of the management," says König. What is more, the points of contact need to be harmonious on both sides.