A global team

  • 5% rise in training opportunity uptake
  • New target for women in management positions
  • Number of workplace accidents per million hours worked reduced
Employees (photo)

Over 50,000 people are the driving force behind our global success. Our long-term HR strategy focuses on winning and developing the best talent for our global team and building long-term loyalty to the company. In return, we provide safe and fair working conditions, invest in employee training and reward outstanding performance. The diverse mix of cultures and experience of our employees is crucial to our success.

Employees

The Linde Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

at 31 December

 

2011

 

2010

 

2009

 

2008

Gases Division

 

39,031

 

37,603

 

37,362

 

41,109

EMEA

 

20,920

 

20,575

 

20,952

 

22,838

Asia/Pacific

 

10,868

 

10,051

 

9,440

 

10,390

Americas

 

7,243

 

6,977

 

6,970

 

7,881

Engineering Division

 

6,319

 

5,811

 

5,716

 

5,951

Other activities

 

5,067

 

5,016

 

4,653

 

4,848

Group

 

50,417

 

48,430

 

47,731

 

51,908

As of 31. December 2011, we had 50,417 employees – almost 2,000 more than at the close of 2010. The average duration of employment amounted to 9.8 years. We hired over 6,000 new people in 2011. Over 25 percent of these new hires were in emerging economies in Asia. The proportion of employees who voluntarily left our company in 2011 was on average 6.3 percent across the entire Group. This turnover rate varied from 2.4 to 11.3 percent from region to region. Personnel expenses at The Linde Group came to EUR 2.653 billion for the period under review.

Priorities of our HR strategy

Our HR strategy, People Excellence, is a central cornerstone of our High Performance Organisation (HPO) efficiency programme. This strategy focuses on three main areas – long-term talent development, corporate culture and empowering our employees to reach their full potential. During the period under review, our HR activities focused in particular on further developing our People Excellence programme. We incorporated the results of our 2010 global employee survey into our activities here. In 2011, we also continued to expand our Group-wide performance management system, which helps harmonise key HR processes worldwide.

Social challenges

Our HR strategy addresses the challenges presented by demographic change, including increased competition for qualified talent in some industrialised countries and aging workforces. We continually work to increase our appeal as an employer and step up the efficiency of our recruitment efforts. At the same time, we are adapting workplace environments to meet the needs of older workers.

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