Involving employees

Involving employees

We rely on the experience of our employees and dialogue with our staff to help us improve and respond to change. With our People Excellence initiative, we support the willingness of our employees at all levels of the company to engage in continuous learning and change. Among other things, this programme aims to provide professional development opportunities for managers and to devise schemes which recognise exceptional performance. Between November 2014 and February 2015, we trained around 180 employees as People Excellence Champions. Their expertise should help managers to plan and implement measures which will contribute towards enhancing employee commitment and performance. We award employees around the world who make a particular effort to uphold our corporate goals and corporate values. One of the prizes we awarded in 2015 was to a project team in China and Korea. The team, which runs numerous talent and employee development schemes, contributed to us being selected as one of the 50 best employers in those countries by the Top Employers Institute.

We strive to work together with employee representatives and trade unions on the basis of partnership and trust, aiming to reconcile the interests of the Group and the workforce. Linde’s system of employee representation in Germany is two-tiered, consisting of a central works council for the Group as a whole and works councils in the decentralised units. Cross-border issues are dealt with by Linde‘s European Works Council, which currently has 27 members and protects the rights of employees in Europe to information, consultation and advice. There are regional-level works councils in many other countries.

Employee satisfaction is a key factor in our success. Open feedback from staff enables management and the Group to continue to develop. We therefore conduct global employee surveys on a regular basis. We also encourage our employees to play their part, bringing their knowledge and ideas to the company to introduce improvements and innovations. A cross-departmental team in Germany developed a new concept for ideas management in 2015. This comprises a new process to select those ideas for improvement which will be implemented from the suggestions submitted by employees as well as the rewarding of ideas. This new concept should be introduced in 2016.