Sustaining employee motivation
Employees are the
ambassadors. It is they who shape the picture the public has of the
and who represent Rosenbauer in its daily dealings with customers and
stakeholders. Enhancing employee motivation is thus an ongoing aim that
pursued on several different levels: for example through a modern
system with a profit-sharing scheme, through flat hierarchies and the
distributed responsibility that these make possible, or through
skill-enhancement and career opportunities.
bears direct responsibility for
2,432 employees, 54% of whom are based outside Austria. Besides
talent, creativity and commitment, the company attaches great
rigorous vocational and continuing professional training.
A prime focus is on
employees so as to assure a steady supply of new skilled staff.
provides over 120 apprenticeship training positions at its European
giving it an exceptionally high apprenticeship training rate compared
industrial firms. Most of those who graduate from a
apprenticeship can be offered a permanent job. A large proportion of
trainees can also be kept on.
and training program permits individualized in-service training for
single employee. It offers everything from courses for personality and
development to foreign languages and management training, and courses
specialist technical and commercial curricula. Rosenbauer works closely
local educational establishments here. Furthermore, the company
provides placements for students, and projects for diploma
Involvement in a volunteer
fire service is
held in very high regard at Rosenbauer. Volunteer firefighters make an
important contribution to society by placing themselves at the service
wider community. In so doing, they also uphold the values for which
Rosenbauer is actively
promoting a number
of measures as part of its in-company preventive healthcare program:
these is the ‘health pass’, a free preventive
medical check-up followed by
individual medical consultation. This also includes diagnosis of the
and locomotor system. Another such measure is aimed at helping staff
to give up smoking.
the menus on offer at the Leonding
site have been designed with a well-balanced diet in mind, and the
snacks sold in the plant have been changed over to healthy products.
association, which has been a fixture of company life for decades,
wide range of fitness-promoting sports.
US companies have also climbed aboard
the healthy living bandwagon. The focus here is mainly on the increased
diabetes caused by being overweight. As well as giving employees tips
on how to
achieve a healthier and more balanced diet, the US companies have also
a competition aimed at encouraging staff to lose weight.
Ensuring occupational safety
Rosenbauer protects its
employees by making
continuous improvements to its processes, workplaces and protective
focus here is on accident prevention and occupational health. The
constantly investing in up-to-date and ergonomically designed tools,
and safety devices. When it comes to the provision of personal
equipment, it goes beyond what the law requires, for example by
individually adapted goggles, ear protectors and orthopedic shoes. High
is also given to collaboration with internal and external safety
occupational health physicians, staff representatives and official
to ensuring compliance with the legal requirements.
systematic inspection tours and
internal 3S (Safety - Set in order - Shine) housekeeping audits are
in accordance with defined priorities, with all detected issues being
and remedied at top speed.
reporting system is used to record
accidents and events with reference to standardized criteria. As well
notifiable workplace accidents, “near-miss”
accidents are also registered,
documented and analyzed in the system, which serves as the basis for
improvement actions. The internal performance metric developed to
is a ‘lost working hours rate’ (ratio of hours
worked to hours lost).
Evaluation of recent years’ workplace accidents has shown
that most of them
were caused by insufficiently safety-conscious behavior and a lack of
awareness on the part of employees.
The high standard of workplace safety at
Rosenbauer, as certified to OHSAS 18001, was confirmed once again in