The aim of human resources development at VAUDE is both the personal and professional development of our employees, as well as genuinely embodying and anchoring our corporate culture throughout the company at all levels. We offer training courses and workshops in our VAUDE Academy to help us achieve this. The VAUDE Academy also gives our employees a chance to exchange information and develop relationships. The Academy program is available to all employees via our social intranet. Specific groups of employees can also take advantage of highly targeted specialist training and further training in methodological skills. A few examples:
Our focus in 2017 on target groups with specific needs meant that in this year, more men than women took advantage of our training opportunities. On average, our male employees participated in 15.9 hours of training and our female employees in 6.8 hours. This is because the professional development groups we focused on in this year had a higher concentration of men than our overall company workforce. For example, a time-consuming "German as a foreign language" course for Manufaktur employees was mainly attended by male refugees. In most other groups, however, there were equal numbers of male and female participants, and our Talent Program (see below) consisted of six women and two men.
The differences in the distribution of professional training hours among employee categories can also be explained by our precise priorities within the year. For example, while in some years we support our strategy of leadership and organizational development with intensive training for managers, in other years the focus is particularly on topics that affect all levels of the hierarchy equally. In 2017, this was particularly beneficial to employees without management responsibility.
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These figures are based on the professional development offered as part of the VAUDE Academy program. Not currently included in the evaluation are training courses autonomously organized by the company divisions, as well as external professional training courses for individuals supported by VAUDE both financially and with paid leave for the duration of the training.
Our values and understanding of leadership, which is based on trust, can only be anchored in the company when it is borne and lived by the company’s executives. Therefore, the various foundations and facets of a culture of trust, above all the concept of self-efficacy, form decisive focal points, for example in training courses for managers.
We also offer training courses on these topics for all employees without management responsibility, for example in internal one-day intensive workshops. Our goal is that all employees at VAUDE share the same understanding and can exchange ideas as equals. In this way, we want to further develop and sustainably strengthen our culture of trust and innovation. MANEMO eG has been supporting us in this process since 2013.
»Trust-based cooperation requires a very personal commitment. Trust can only be created by people – the effect then unfolds, for example, into innovation.«
See also Trust as the foundation
In this way, employees receive comprehensive feedback from their managers. They receive orientation as to which skills they can further develop and what opportunities exist at VAUDE. In addition, personal annual targets are agreed in these meetings. Our target agreements and appraisal interviews are based on templates that are available to all managers and employees.
These meetings are documented, the goals are defined and possible action for the coming year is determined.
Once per year at the beginning of the new academic year, we have “Azubi-Tage” to prepare our trainees for their time together at VAUDE. For three days, our trainees experience the outdoors, get to know each other, participate in team building exercises and become familiar with the essence of the VAUDE Spirit that will accompany them throughout coming years.
During their training period at VAUDE, they regularly attend feedback sessions with our consultant for personnel development, where they cover issues of academic performance, work at VAUDE and commitment within the VAUDE Community.
Throughout the training period, VAUDE provides extensive insight into the sustainability activities of the company. In this way, trainees can regularly participate in projects on sustainability topics and thus distinguish themselves particularly well.
Since 2016, we have been offering dual study placements in cooperation with a regional institute, DHBW Ravensburg University of Applied Sciences. In 2016 and 2017 we hired one student for each of the following fields: Business Information Systems, Business Administration Industry and Business Administration Retail Textile Management.
At VAUDE, a good training program is not just about professional development; it’s also about personal growth.
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