What do you do specifically?
We rely on a few strategic pillars: purpose, well-being, inclusion, continuous learning and communication.
That means we strengthen an open and constructive feedback culture. We all undergo regular training to get the "constructive" right, so that feedback enables personal and collective growth. We are convinced that we can trigger immediate positive effects this way - even with superiors, because feedback must be possible in all directions. This also includes open and transparent communication. We create formats for the most direct access to management: whether through so-called Espresso meetings with our CEO or through junior advisory boards, where young employees contribute with their perspectives and help shape the future of Deloitte.
This also means that employees should be involved in shaping their daily lives. We live the approach of co-creation, creating opportunities to contribute ideas, to make a difference. Anyone with a good idea can achieve a lot with us.
You also mentioned the big words "values" and "purpose" …
Exactly! We are very consistent in living our values and creating a truly inclusive work environment. Standing by when employees face challenges in their personal lives, difficult family situations, destigmatizing mental illness or activating LGBT+ issues. Of course, the usual benefits - from extended parental leave to buying vacations and much more - are also included.
Last but not least: purpose. I know, a buzzword. But we believe that our employees can only perform at their best if they experience meaning in their work. We support them in linking their own personal purpose with that of the company. For example, we offer all employees and teams the opportunity to discover and define their individual and team purpose in so-called "find your why" workshops. And we challenge ourselves as a company to integrate our purpose even more strongly and use it as a guiding star for all our actions.
Does it work?
I think I can honestly say yes. Especially if we involve the teams. Initiatives driven purely by HR don't work. The business, the teams have to be involved. Employee voices are also more likely to be heard at C-level than a solitary shout from HR - understandably so. Proactively involving employees makes many things easier, not more complicated. Employee networks and their initiatives can really make a difference. It has also turned out to be important to sensitize and train management on a few central topics. It pays to focus on intrinsic motivation. Management has to support all of us on this journey, otherwise it won't work.
And where is the problem?
On the one hand, as already mentioned, we are and remain a service provider. This means that the day-to-day experience of our employees is shaped to a certain extent by factors over which we have little influence. In addition, our business is complex and competitive, and you have to like that. We also see that as an employer it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out from the competition. I believe that this will strongly affect all companies in the future.