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.
With our new idea management program Steps, employees can quickly and easily contribute their own ideas and suggestions by publishing them on Camp where every idea is welcome to be shared and developed.
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.
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 5.97 % (Status 2017: 5.5 %). With reference to the German average (2013: 14 %*), we can say that our employees are extremely loyal to VAUDE.
We regularly conduct company-wide employee surveys. At the end of 2018, we conducted the "Employee Barometer" for the first time in cooperation with the Institut für betriebliche Gesundheitsberatung and the Techniker Krankenkasse.
The differentiated results from this survey, which have been available to us since the beginning of 2019, confirm that in general, the our employees’ level of satisfaction with their work at VAUDE (in comparison with the German average and with selected comparable companies) is above average and that their employer loyalty is far above average.
We are proud of the high level of satisfaction and well-being of our employees and at the same time are happy to take the opportunity to uncover further improvement potential.
For 2019, we are planning appropriate measures on the part of our company health management and personnel development to effectively cover the most important needs.
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