At Hagedorn, employer attractiveness is a top priority – and the company’s success proves the Gütersloh-based company right. The industry leader in demolition received the “Top Job” award in Berlin from the hands of former vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on 28 February. The patron of the “Top Job” award praised the Hagedorn Group in particular for its strategic focus on securing skilled workers on a longterm basis and systematically and continuously development its qualities as an employer.
In Berlin, Sigmar Gabriel praised the companies for countering the shortage of skilled workers with the strengths of their SME culture. This is all the more important, he said, because German small and medium-sized enterprises provided 80 per cent of the apprenticeships in Germany. “Employer attractiveness is a crucial strategic issue for any company that wants to be successful in the long term,” Gabriel affirmed the award-winning companies in their actions.
“We are very pleased to receive this award,” reports Barbara Hagedorn. “We put a lot of energy, heart and professionalism into our dealings with each other and our future together. Honesty, fairness and commitment are our most important values. We set these values together as a team and live them out together with the whole team.”
But Hagedorn will not rest on its laurels: “With the help of the ‘Top Job’ analysis and the extensive feedback from our employees, we will continue to improve our qualities as an employer. Thanks to the last time we took part and received an award, we have already been able to turn opportunities that were identified into strengths.” Hagedorn was able to improve its results in the areas of “Leadership & Vision”, “Motivation & Dynamics”, “Culture & Communication” as well as “Employee Development & Perspectives” and “Family Orientation & Demography” .
The ‘Top Job’ award stands for a sustainable workplace culture that is healthy and performance-oriented in equal measure. With inspiring leadership, trustful cooperation and good working conditions, the Hagedorn Group creates a fertile climate for innovation and performance. “We pay particular attention to maintaining a healthy workplace culture characterized by motivation and dynamism in relation to the award and in the suggestions we reflect back to participants individually. Especially against the background of increasing acceleration, this balance is a key factor of sustainable success and a social mandate,” comments Silke Masurat, managing director of zeag GmbH.
Researchers at the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen, led by Prof. Dr. Heike Bruch, asked HR managers online about the HR tools they use. Also, they conducted an employee survey, two-thirds of which determined the final outcome. HR instruments accounted for one third.
More than 100 medium-sized companies applied for the current round of the “Top Job” award. 97 companies are now entitled to bear the title for the next two years. A total of 29,530 employees took part in the survey. 64% of employers are family businesses. The top employers include 28 national and 9 world market leaders. On average, the companies employ 293 people and the proportion of women in management positions is 25%.
For the Hagedorn Group, which employs over 560 people, this is the second award as a top employer. With the “Top Job” quality seal , the Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität, zeag GmbH, honors companies that have made a remarkable commitment to a healthy workplace culture. This is reflected in the quality of management work and the associated high levels of job satisfaction and low levels of exhaustion within the workforce.
In the nationwide “Top Job”employer comparison, which has been carried out since 2002, Hagedorn was particularly convincing in the areas of innovation and further development. Still run as a family business, Hagedorn is not only frequently a technological trendsetter in the industry but also sets standards. “We want to be trailblazers for the industry and set standards”. This credo is the motivation behind the company's leaders and consistently leads to innovative business ideas, such as using construction waste in their own recycling company or developing the first full-cab VR excavator simulator to prepare employees for the job in the best possible way. These ideas are developed together with the employees. “We can't do anything without motivated employees who think and feel the same way we do,” is the conviction of Managing Partner Barbara Hagedorn, . Accordingly, the full-service provider for site revitalization is investing heavily not only in modern infrastructure and machinery, but also in good working conditions and development opportunities for its people. Hagedorn employees enjoy a whole range of benefits, including a company pension scheme, private supplementary health insurance and health and fitness programs. The company also supports a good work-life balance. Special attention is paid to inhouse training. Two years ago, a special academy for this purpose was set up to enable all employees, from construction workers to project managers, to obtain qualifications.