An analysis by the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen has confirmed it: the Felix Schoeller Group is one of the best medium-size companies in Germany to work for. 27 June 2014 we were presented with a “Top Job” award in Essen at the Deutscher Mittelstands-Summit, a top-level conference of medium-sized companies in Germany. Germany’s former Minister of Economics and Labour Wolfgang Clement, as a mentor for the Top Job scheme, presented the seal of quality, which since 2002 has been awarded annually to medium-sized companies for outstanding HR management. It is a nationwide scheme and covers all sectors.
The Felix Schoeller Group was one of 77 medium-sized companies to receive the “Top Job” seal. A total of 103 companies had submitted applications. Almost three quarters of the top employers are family businesses. Of these, ten are world market leaders and 19 domestic market leaders. “Both today and in the future our employees’ knowledge and commitment are the life blood of our family business,” said CEO Dr Bernhard Klofat. “For us this award reaffirms that we are on the right track with our concerted efforts – and it motivates us to continue down that track.”
Two years ago, the Felix Schoeller Group got over a hundred employees together to draft its mission statement. They came from all the company’s German sites and represented all levels of the corporate hierarchy. Fairness, respect and reliability are prominent features of the mission statement, as is sustainable growth. Since then, we have launched numerous processes to improve the work environment – with great success, as the survey carried out by the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen confirmed.
Amongst others the concerted efforts included expanding the corporate health management scheme and re-launching FIT, the in-house suggestions programme. We also have a range of different models for promoting young talent. But these were not the only things for which we got good scores on the “Top Job’” survey comparing different companies. Employees gave us particularly good scores on questions relating to their level of identification with the company and its products, its culture of innovation, opportunities for personal development, and how easy it is to combine career and family.
“Basically we have noticed a positive response to the changes in our company” says Dr Klofat. “We are delighted that our employees have endorsed us in this way. It shows us that many of the measures we have put in place have been accepted by our employees and are having the desired effect. That is important to us. But being named one of the best employers among Germany’s medium-sized companies is just an interim goal for us. “The “Top Job" survey gives us valuable tips about areas where there is still room for improvement. We will seize the opportunity this offers and act on it.”