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Kilian: "Human Resources Needs to Return to the Pole Position"

The Chief Human Resources Officer in Wolfsburg is preparing 1,400 of his employees for the change at Volkswagen.

It was one of the most important dates in recent years for the HR department: 1,400 personnel managers from all German plants of Volkswagen AG met in the CongressPark in Wolfsburg. For the first time, Volkswagen Chief Human Resources Officer Gunnar Kilian spoke to his entire team.

"Years ago, Human Resources at Volkswagen set standards
that the rest of the republic looked to. That’s what we want to go back to."

Gunnar Kilian, Volkswagen Chief Human Ressources Officer

In his speech, Kilian
 summarized the Human Resources department’s 100-day
program, which expired at the end of September. Kilian reports that there have already been several tangible, practical improvements in the work of the personnel managers. Above all, however, he committed his team to a comprehensive change process with a clear goal. Kilian says: “The Human Resources department at Volkswagen needs to return to pole position and become a driver of change at the company.”
 

Good mood among the employees: t
here was also a lot of laughter at the Human Resources department conference.

The starting point for Kilian’s keynote speech was an honest analysis of the current situation: The Human Resources department at Volkswagen had a clear need for maintenance and modernization – both in terms of employee satisfaction and the quality of the services provided. At a time when every division had to become more efficient, the HR department couldn’t play the role of an uninvolved third party, said the HR Officer.

 

However, it’s primarily not about 
saving, but about improved 
quality and more innovations. 
Kilian says,: “Years ago, Human Resources at Volkswagen set standards that the rest of the republic looked to. That’s what we want to go back to.”

Full ranks: 1,400 employees from the HR department met in the CongressPark in Wolfsburg and voted on questions about structures and processes using their smartphones.