The development and advancement of our personnel in terms of their professional and personal growth and their health is closely linked to our business success. In our Sustainability Strategy 2015 – 2017, which has been approved by the Executive Board, we therefore again set ourselves concrete goals and we are constantly working to accomplish them. In 2015, for example, we expanded the range of training opportunities and for the first time surveyed our employees on a Group-wide scale about their satisfaction.
The focus of our (further) training activities in the year under review was on our experienced personnel. With this in mind, we are pressing ahead with our specialist training programmes and individual supporting activities on a worldwide basis. Since 2015 we have simplified access to our range of further training options through a learning management system, which is available online to all employees of the Group. Our staff can use the system to view and book available in-house seminars.
In order to assure the individual advancement of our employees we offer them annual performance reviews with their direct supervisor, which highlight not only their strengths but also potential areas for development and support measures. In addition, with a view to consistently improving the quality of our leadership shown by our managers, we conduct a management appraisal every two years and organise suitable advanced training measures.
A standardised process for succession planning prevents the emergence of gaps when senior executives leave the company. Every two years we hold discussions with the two highest levels of management so as to identify potential successors for all positions.
In order to keep our staff healthy, we are maintaining our commitment to health management with a focus on prevention. Given that most of our staff work at a desk, good ergonomic working conditions as well as relief from eye and back strain are particularly important, although in more general terms we also address the ability to cope with stressful situations.