Talent management

Modern talent management is becoming ever more important given the global market changes that are taking place. This means designing components such as:

  • attractiveness as an employer,
  • personnel development,
  • performance appraisal, and
  • successor planning

in a way that we are able to meet future challenges. Our focus is on the professional development of employees in an international and dynamic environment marked by change and the resulting opportunities. Since the demands of our business segments with respect to personnel development concepts and measures differ – depending on their customer and market structure – they are coordinated, developed, and executed on a segment-specific basis. All measures are oriented to overarching corporate goals on the one hand, and to individual development needs on the other.

We support the development of our employees’ professional and personal skills through a wide-ranging offering of internal training measures as well as through personal career talks. The strengths of each individual employee are deliberately furthered and tapped. Through the specific transfer of know-how within the framework of our successor planning, we ensure that valuable expertise is not lost.

An outstanding example is our innovative program for the development of dialysis nursing staff. In 2008, the first entrants began their dialysis nursing training at the Fresenius Medical Care Institute of Dialysis Nursing (F.I.D.N.), the world’s leading education center of its kind. The training program lasts twelve months and includes theoretical courses at the academic level as well as practical experience in a teaching clinic. The institute began regular operations in 2009.

The Fresenius Advanced Management Program, which has been conducted for many years in cooperation with the INSEAD business school, is a firmly established component in our development of top management executives. In 2009, the focuses of this program were on imparting leadership skills in a global corporate context and facing challenges constructively – against the backdrop of the current economic situation.

Within the framework of our efforts to attract and further young talents, our trainee program offers promising university graduates the opportunity to start a successful career with the Fresenius Group alongside the classic channel of direct job entry. The program combines challenging on-the-job assignments with internal and external training modules.

The HELIOS trainee programs, which were considerably widened in 2008, serve to prepare university graduates for future management positions within the HELIOS-Kliniken Group so as also to meet the demand for management resources created by the Group’s ongoing growth. The trainees spend their two-year training at different hospital locations. Working directly with the respective administration and department heads, they learn how to run a clinic or specialist department both strategically and operationally. HELIOS offers these trainee programs in the fields of Hospital Management, Medical Equipment, Controlling & Finance, Purchasing, Pharmaceuticals, Logistics, and IT. Additional programs in the areas of Human Resources, Nursing Care, and Building and Technical Facilities are being introduced in 2010.

Other measures are special development programs for middle-management medical and nursing staff. As in the past, HELIOS offers employees specially tailored programs for the development of management skills. The focus is on preparing them for positions of greater responsibility.

In a global company like Fresenius, the close interaction among employees of different nationalities and with different cultures plays an important role. We therefore further the international mobility of our employees and offer them the opportunity to work abroad. We organize intercultural training programs to develop an awareness and sensitivity for cultural differences for employees who are due to take up assignments at locations abroad. The same applies for employees who come to Germany from our international locations. The program “Living + Working in Germany”, for instance, offers language courses and help with handling formalities.

In 2009, we intensified the exchange and interaction between employees from different business segments. Trainees at Fresenius Kabi, for instance, were given the opportunity to get to know the day-to-day routines at the hospitals of the HELIOS-Kliniken Group through first-hand experience. In addition, HELIOS invited all employees of the Fresenius Group to take advantage of the seminars and workshops offered by the HELIOS Academy, such as the “Medical Seminar for Non-Medics”, which attracted strong interest.

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