Human resources management

Highly skilled and motivated employees are the foundation for sustained growth. The ever-increasing globalization of our markets has changed the parameters for human resources management at Fresenius. This involves factors such as demographics, the transformation toward a service society, and the compatibility of job and family. These issues are set to play an even greater role in the coming years and present new challenges for human resources management.

We are constantly adapting our human resources tools to future needs. For instance, in addition to the established internal HELIOS Mentor Network for women, we are now collaborating with a mentor network for women in science and technology at universities in the state of Hesse. This network supports female undergraduate and postgraduate students of science and technology subjects and furthers their personal and professional development. We see the opportunity to combine professional career and personal family planning as a key factor in attracting employees and keeping them with the Company. We have extended the child daycare schemes offered at HELIOS, for instance.

In 2010, we introduced life work time accounts to supplement our work time models in some business segments in Germany. Under this scheme, employees can also credit their own contributions, such as holiday leave or parts of their compensation, into a life work time account in addition to their collectively bargained employment benefits. This life work time account can then be used flexibly later on for sabbaticals for personal higher education or further training plans, for nursing leave to look after family members, or for phased early retirement. By using such modern human resources tools that cater to present-day needs, we wish to bind our employees to the Company for the long term.

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