VAUDE employees can become actively involved and participate in the company in a number of ways. We believe that well-informed employees who participate in internal company communications will become more motivated and competent.
Within our culture of trust, we communicate transparently regarding as many operations and decisions as possible throughout the company, sometimes via company-wide events, but primarily using our internal communication platform Camp. This platform offers many ways for our employees to participate actively on issues and to contribute their own content.
The transparent process of review, development, implementation or rejection is supported by 13 company trained "idea coaches" and provides each employee the opportunity to join the discussion and participate in the realization of their ideas.
The response to this has been very positive: In 2016, immediately after "Steps" was launched, over 200 ideas were submitted, processed and 30 of them were implemented. In 2017, we received 62 ideas, of which 10 have already been implemented and 31 are still in progress. The reduction in the number of submissions and ideas implemented in the second year is due to the fact that those issues close to our employees' hearts could already be viewed by everyone via the Camp platform. The number of ideas (21 in 2017) rejected is also primarily due to the fact that they were very similar to ideas that had already been submitted by other employees. We are proud of the commitment of our employees and see this as an important driver of innovation at VAUDE.
Turnover is an important metric for VAUDE because it can provide information about employee satisfaction. As a general rule, the lower the rate, the higher the level of employee satisfaction.
The external turnover rate is calculated using the “BDA-Formel” (a formula from the Association of the German Federation of Employers) and is of particular interest to us because it is considered an important indicator of employee satisfaction. In this calculation, relationship between the workforce and employee-initiated departures is considered. During the reporting period, this resulted in a figure of 5.5 % (Status 2016: 4.4 %). With reference to the German average (2013: 14 %*), we can say that our employees are extremely loyal to VAUDE.
As an employer, we are committed to a good employment policy and continually undergo evaluations by independent external authorities.
For example, in 2016, our company was reaffirmed by the A.T. Kearney Family Award Together with the Kindernothilfe (a children’s charity organization), VAUDE scored well. We are especially proud because this award is based on a survey of employees. It shows us that our commitment to our employees is perceived and valued!
In addition, many health-promoting aspects were realized during the remodeling projects See Health Promotion as a Matter of Course
»We wanted to create an optimal working environment that responds to individualized professional and personal needs. The new premises foster communication, creativity and teamwork.«
The entire reconstruction took place in accordance with the strictest environmental criteria. The result is a "Green Building" with DGNB certification, in which all aspects of sustainable building are realized, such as ecological building materials or a maximum of energy-efficient building structure. Read more Future-oriented Work Environment.
* Source: http://www.haygroup.com/de/press/details.aspx?id=38211