As Arbonia, we live a dynamic, open corporate culture. In doing so, we always aim to create a pleasant, appreciative and supportive work environment. Wages, social benefits, employment level, contract set-up and compensation are to follow the principles of a responsible Group. For this purpose, three central leadership principles were determined: Firstly, colleagues maintain a personal and direct relationship among each other and are open to ideas or other points of view. Secondly, day-to-day business is characterised by pragmatism and realism; decisions are based on facts. Thirdly, managers take time for their employees and regard them as people, not just workers.
These principles also apply to the development of employees in addition to the day-to-day work. With our HR work, we want to help people reach their full potential and we invest in internal and external further training for this purpose.
Such a work environment is demonstrated by motivated and satisfied employees. This increases competitiveness and is reflected in a lower gross fluctuation rate (incl. retirements). In the reporting year, however, this increased slightly from 9.8% in the previous year to 10.7%. To maintain and optimise our high level as a fair employer in line with the market, we regularly compare ourselves with other internationally active companies of a similar size.
Within the corporate group, the respective HR officers of the divisions as well as of the Group are responsible for the further development of the Arbonia culture. They report to the CEOs of the divisions or the Group CFO. A regular exchange among the HR officers ensures that corresponding impulses are perceived in all companies.
We place great value on diversity among the employees. This includes values such as equal opportunity, non-discrimination, as well as equal treatment at the company – regardless of sex, citizenship, ethnic origin, skin colour, religion or impairments. Although the labour market is regulated differently in each country, the overarching guidelines of the Group and the divisions apply for Arbonia at all sites.
Close social partnership
The close cooperation with all employee representatives in all countries is a decisive factor our business success. In Switzerland, the collective labour agreement of the Swiss mechanical, electrical and metalworking industries (Swissmem) is applied at all companies, unless other mandatory collective labour agreements are in effect. The contacts with the social partners in Switzerland therefore generally take place through this association. Most of the German companies are also subject to collective labour agreements – either via an in-house wage agreement or the regional collective agreement of the trade unions.