What topics were most important for you as CHRO in 2017?
— Katharina Herrmann: Clearly, the issue of occupational safety is the most important concern for
me. In 2017, we laid a lot of new groundwork so that all 50Hertz employees and our partners can go
home from work healthy and happy. Together with our contractors, we actively worked on the topic
of occupational safety. After three years of preparation and a mutually instructive, joint growth
process, we have been able to integrate the basics of occupational health and safety as a relevant part
of the new contracts with our partners. We developed a point system with an escalation model which
also means that the high occupational safety requirements are visible to and complied with by our
partners. So we can now make sure that, even in the financial accounting of projects, our requirements
are implemented by our partners.
50Hertz also engages in open and honest dialogue within the company. How does this work in detail?
— Katharina Herrmann: Our “Say it!” employee survey was conducted
in November 2017 for the third time already, with a detailed
assessment in the first quarter of 2018. The intensive dialogues on this
began immediately afterwards. This also includes reflecting within the
team on the effects of the measures implemented after the previous
survey. What do we do well and where can we improve? What topics
are important to us all? An employee survey is always a good reason for
team development, too. I was particularly pleased that the employee
commitment had remained at the same high level as the 2014 employee
survey. This is particularly impressive against the background of the
strong growth of 50Hertz in recent years. We have convinced all of
our new colleagues that it is a pleasure to work at 50Hertz, shaping
the energy transition.