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Supporting employees

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We see the expertise and experience of our employees and their efforts and commitment to the company as key values.

By supporting the best minds in their particular areas of expertise, we are able to ensure the quality of our products and processes, our innovative potential and thus also our ability to create value in the long term.

Attracting qualified personnel

The Jenoptik Group operates in a rapidly changing economic environment, in which competition for qualified skilled personnel and managers is constantly growing. The company’s ongoing internationalization means there is a particular need to step up our recruitment drive in the U.S. and Asia. The audiences addressed by recruitment and thus also HR marketing are primarily specialists and skilled workers in the fields of natural and engineering sciences as well as experts with business management and legal backgrounds.

Promoting new talent and personnel development

Promoting the next generation

Specific support for school students, university students and graduates forms part of the Group’s expertise strategy, ensuring early loyalty to the company and thus facilitating the recruitment process.

Jenoptik supports:

  • career guidance projects at schools and offers students the opportunity to complete an internship.
  • young researchers as a longstanding state-level corporate sponsor of the “Jugend forscht” (German youth science competition) initiative.
  • various industry organizations to promote professional development activities.
  • students in the form of degree theses, internships and scholarships.

Jenoptik works together with:

  • selected universities around the world with a view to HR marketing and recruitment, for research purposes and to foster the professional development of its employees.
  • selected universities around the world via projects and sponsorship activities, and is active in a range of committees and networks in an advisory capacity.

Jenoptik showcases itself:

  • at university workshops as part of its event management activities.
  • at university events and career fairs.
  • using a range of university media withprint advertisements and PR.

Cooperation with training centers

At the Wedel, Villingen-Schwenningen, Jena and Triptis locations, young recruits learn optical, precision engineering, electronic and business occupations at training centers. As one part of their courses, these centers teach trainees basic practical knowledge and skills. Alongside Zeiss and Schott, Jenoptik is a partner of Jenaer Bildungszentrum gGmbH. Over and above their standard training, the trainees and career academy students here receive external supplementary training courses and language teaching.

Structured HR development

Jenoptik supports the long-term development of skilled workers and managers in the company. Key to this are regular employee appraisals to determine the need for staff to gain further qualifications for their present and future work. With personalized training and group-wide development programs, we lastingly motivate our employees and support their professional development in line with their interests and potential.

Balancing work and family life

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Parental leave, flextime and part-time work all make it easier for Jenoptik’s employees to strike their own balance between family and working life. One of the most important preconditions for balancing career and family is the availability of childcare. For several years, Jenoptik has been investing in daycare centers at the Jena, Wedel and Monheim locations, as well as flexible childcare models. This means that our employees are assured a fixed number of places at the daycare centers.

Summer camp for Jenoptik children:

Jenoptik has been holding vacation camps for its employees’ children since 2014. Children aged between seven and eleven can have fun on a range of activities at the “Tuscany vacation camp” – in Thuringia. In 2016, 20 children from refugee families also took part for the first time.

Health protection

Health protection

Health protection and safety are firmly anchored priorities in the operating processes of Jenoptik.

In the interests of our employees’ health and performance, the Group offers regular medical examinations and carries out health days for employees.

In 2016, the number of workplace accidents fell to 10.9 per 1,000 employees, placing Jenoptik well under the average of 15.8 in the ETEM trade association. At all of the German locations, around ten percent of the workforce are trained as first-aiders. In addition, all employees are briefed on issues relating to occupational safety and health protection at least once a year.