Deutsche Telekom established a Group-wide framework in 2011 to structure the relationships between employees and companies that was implemented in all Group units worldwide - taking into consideration the respective local law in the countries.
The Group Policy on Employee Relations ("Employee Relations Policy (pdf, 154.8 KB)") sets out eleven core elements describing what Deutsche Telekom stands for worldwide as an employer.
The core aspects of the Employee Relations Policy
Deutsche Telekom's five Guiding Principles lay the foundation for interaction within the company and are therefore also the first core element of the policy. The Employee Relations Policy formulates own demands Deutsche Telekom has set up in the areas of employee development, responsible handling of changes, health and sustainability, fair pay, work-life balance, leadership, diversity, the prohibition of discrimination, communication and dealings with employees' representatives.
Filling the Employee Relations Policy with life
To ensure the policy is filled with life in the long term, Deutsche Telekom introduced an annual monitoring process. Here, specific parameters are evaluated in all Group Units worldwide on a regular basis. If results of the monitoring process fall outside the pre-defined range, developments and challenges with regard to the above mentioned key elements will be analyzed together with the local company, followed by a dedicated on-site review. Furthermore, the course of action as well as options for follow-up activities will be discussed and agreed upon to support the relationships between employees and the company with additional measures.
Katharina Diener, Interims Manager Group Relations Management International: "The objective of the policy is to set a binding framework so that the national companies can act within their respective national environment and to allow employment relationships to be structured as productively as possible throughout the Group."