i²m - share your ideas
In order to improve our products and processes in all areas of our business (in production and administration), and thereby sustainably increasing the corporation's value, we invest in the experience of our employees. After all, they are the absolute experts in their areas of responsibility. The GEA Group supports and uses the innovative drive of each individual through "i²m", the group-wide Ideas & Improvement Management.
Employees all around the world are invited to participate in i²m and have the chance to help shape their personal working environment and thereby optimize processes or make their work easier, as well as contributing to health and safety at the workplace. After submission, the ideas are evaluated by the responsible line managers and experts and, when assessed positively, implemented as quickly as possible. And when GEA benefits by a great idea, the employees will benefit as well: GEA gives out cash and non-cash rewards for the savings achieved through ideas.
For 2011, the focus is to sustainably use the improvement potential across all segments and departments of a corporation that operates worldwide and is strongly networked. The fact that we have sustainably established ideas management as part of an open, innovative corporate culture is reflected by the award "Best Ideas Management 2011” in the industry GEA has received from the International Ideas Management Conference organized by the Zentrum Ideenmanagement (ZI) in March 2011.