Flexibility, training, care – Germany’s largest personnel departments see these trends for 2020
Lazar Backovic, Anne Koschik, Claudia Obmann and Michael Scheppe
The Handelsblatt article, "Flexibility, training, care – Germany's largest personnel departments see these trends for 2020," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Immo Futterlieb on how companies are forging deeper ties with their employees. The article is excerpted below.
Shortly before Christmas, software giant SAP gave its employees a special gift: Fathers could reduce their working time by 20 percent in the first eight weeks after the birth of their child – without loss of salary.
Benefits such as these "make companies attractive employers and make it easier for them to keep employees," says Immo Futterlieb, Consultant at Russell Reynolds Associates, a leadership advisory and executive search firm.
According to experts, this trend is likely to continue in 2020. The futurologist Sven Gabor Janszky assumes that companies, particularly those located outside of the big metropolitan areas, are developing more and more in the direction of "caring companies" – in which "ties are built to the social environment of the employee: to their children, their parents, their life partner and their sports, cultural and leisure interests."
VW, for example, today supports a private school at the Wolfsburg company location. BASF offers employees and their families company apartments. Hewlett-Packard and Nestlé pay fathers and mothers full salary for several months during their parental leave.
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