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Our Employees Are Our Greatest Asset.

Mutual respect, trusting collaboration and open dialog – these values not only characterize our corporate culture but are also firmly entrenched in our Corporate Principles. Other important factors include topics such as occupational safety, health management, diversity and work-life balance. When we take these values to heart and live them out, we can produce key innovations and ensure our sustainable success.

Occupational Safety – BSH Takes Precautions.

The accident rate per 1 million working hours is at a constantly low level of 3.9 in 2018. Since 2016, the rate does also cover Research and Development, Customer Service, Supply Chain and company headquarter sites alongside factories.

Nevertheless, any accident is one too many. BSH’s ambitious goal is a zero harm policy with no employees harmed at all.

Therefore, BSH established a safety culture within the company which empowers employees and managers to consciously assume their responsibilities. Concrete duties and obligations can be derived from internal policies and regulations that are binding for all employees.

Accident rates

In order to identify new chances to further improve BSH’s occupational safety standards, BSH established a specific module in the context of industry 4.0. This module focuses on potential benefits of digitization processes within the company. With this goal in mind, BSH has launched several cross-location projects. These projects comprise for example the use of collaborative robots, exo-skeletons, collision avoidance systems and digital safety hints for workers.

Furthermore, the 8D systematic which is familiar from quality assurance was introduced as a mandatory tool to analyze reportable accidents. Those 8D reports are electronically available as a source of information for all safety engineers.

BSH has received a lot of recognition for its commitment: The occupational safety management systems have been certified in 2/3 of the factories according to OHSAS 18001 or comparable national standards. In addition, the ISO 45001 occupational health and safety standard was adapted and will completely be extended to production sites and R&D centers by end of 2021.

  • Safety is the foundation of everything.
  • BSH ensures a safe work environment for all.
  • Everybody is responsible for the safety of themselves and everyone around him or her.
  • Safety is part of the daily conversations.
  • His or her employees’ safety is a personal concern of every manager.
  • BSH sets clear expectations for safe behavior.
Quotation
“Any accident is still one too many. That's why we minimize the risk right from the start.”

Götz Ebeling, Specialist Occupational Safety

Health Management As a Given.

A special focus at BSH is on actively promoting the health of its employees, making them aware of personal health maintenance and prevention, and avoiding and reducing risk factors at work. By observing ergonomic findings and standards, BSH ensures the health and performance of its employees on the one hand, and creates the conditions for high productivity on the other.

The production planners, company physicians and safety engineers at BSH work together on an interdisciplinary basis in planning new workplaces and in redesigning existing production lines. To strengthen the impact of our longstanding, company-wide "Prospects 67" initiative, we launched the global "Demography in Production" project in 2013, which envisages specific agreements on future staffing structures and workplace design.

In Germany, for example, new assembly lines ensure that older employees with health challenges can also be successfully integrated into work processes. Depending on the location in question, employees have access to a company physician as well as continuously enhanced health promotion programs.

  • Health promotion and primary prevention (e.g. exercise and stress management)
  • Healthy eating: light options in the cafeterias at almost all locations in Germany
  • Fitness programs, active and hiking days
  • BSH treatments
  • On-site occupational health checkups and supervision
  • Internal integration management program (e.g. after a serious illness)
  • Social counseling services

The offers may vary depending on the location.

Maintaining Dialog – BSH Staff Dialog.

Committed and satisfied employees are extremely important to BSH. BSH therefore conducts an international employee survey every two years as a central tool for measuring employee satisfaction. And with great success – the participation rate of 90 percent in 2015 is proof of the very high willingness of employees to participate in future changes.

A monitoring tool for documenting measures and following up implementation progress is available to allow work on improvements to be carried out in a sustainable manner. At the same time, this allows the worldwide exchange of best practice measures. Measures were implemented especially frequently in the topic areas of workplace, work content and work organization. Additional tools, such as 360 degree feedback or the climate barometer for employees in production, also promote mutual open dialog.

Different Together.

The topic of diversity management is firmly anchored as a strategic sustainability topic in our Corporate Principles with the emphasis on internationality, gender and age. For us it means appreciating all of our employees – with respect to both their differences and similarities. Our conviction has therefore led us to sign the "Diversity Charter" as a public sign of commitment to diversity.

Visit our “Diversity Charter” website

Diversity in BSH:

  • We focus on global collaboration and internationally mixed teams to successfully support BSH's growth strategy – the BSH workforce comprises employees from around 50 countries
  • Female employees make up 31 percent of our workforce (Germany: 28 percent)
  • The percentage of women in management positions has continued to increase in recent years – the figure currently stands at almost 26 percent.
  • Age and collaboration across generations is an additional aspect of diversity that is important for BSH
  • Making use of the experience of age – we are also addressing the issue of demographic change, and offer our older employees individual support measures

Professional and Private Life – in Harmony at BSH.

We value the fact that all our employees can organize their home environment in such a way that they can practice their profession free from any other stress. And this applies for every life phase. In some areas, BSH therefore offers additional support to ensure that a healthy work-life balance can be achieved. We essentially want to enable our employees in every phase of life to reconcile private goals and professional requirements.

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Work-Life Balance at BSH:

  • Flexible working hours used in 80% of our subsidiaries
  • Part-time work in 49% of our subsidiaries
  • Home office (Germany)
  • Sabbatical (Germany)
  • Scope for private training opportunities
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