As a modern corporation, GEA has a policy of strategic HR and management development that is oriented by the current corporate targets as well as social and economic changes. GEA aims to always remain flexible, close to the market and mobile to maintain the success of all of its employees. We are accordingly consistent in applying these aims, also in developing our employees and their skills – using an integrative approach.
"The world is constantly changing. One thing remains constant however: The success of our company lies in the hands of our most important resource – our employees."
Gudrun Blankenhaus, Head of Management Development.
Effective HR development programs focus especially on developing personalities. So GEA offers its worldwide employees a comprehensive range of different training courses focusing on the transfer of corporatespecific know how and advancing each of the participants.
The GEA Academy is the central training program for our managers and has included all employees on a non-managerial level since 2009. Internal and external, internationally experienced coaches use innovative learning methods to communicate important key competences.
The GEA Academy offers seminars to all hierarchies and countries, covering a wide range of themes such as:
- customer orientation
- negotiation techniques
- communication and strategic conflict
- change management
The GEA Academy is therefore an important instrument for communicating know how covering all segments: It contributes toward anchoring global standards within the corporation. To ensure the entire Group’s sustainable competitiveness, the program is also flexibly designed in a customer and market oriented way by a steering committee consisting of CEOs from all segments.
Global Business Consortium
Following an application procedure at the end of 2009, GEA qualified for inclusion in the Global Business Consortium (GBC) of the London Business School. By participating in this program, GEA is contributing to the further development of both the corporation and each of its managers.
Together with other top managers from internationallyrenowned companies, six of our managers with Board potential can sustainably enhance their strategic competence every year, including work on case studies.
The GBC allows the exchange of information between its members and thereby provides the excellent opportunity of benefiting from a transfer of know how at the very highest level. For instance the Boards of the participating companies are also integrated into the program through talks and discussions, thereby also extending their international network.
Mentoring and Coaching
With the mentor program, GEA has developed an individualized development measure aimed at its younger employees. The mentor program allows experienced GEA managers to supervise high-potential employees for one year. Specific corporate know how and skills can be passed on directly through trusting support from a mentor in this way.
Both the mentors and the mentees come from the many different segments of our corporation. They are all provided an attractive program that supports them in developing their leadership and consulting competences, among others.
Coaching has also been an individual and effective development measure since 2009 and is aimed at the level of “key people”. Managers and potential future managers have access to a pool of highly qualified coacheswith various core competences. They are supervised during the coaching process by the Heads of Management Development.