Mr. Linde, it’s often said that employees should be open to new responsibilities. Why?
The digitalization in our industry is changing the world of work. New technologies have also done this in the past, but today it is happening faster and to a broader extent. Most specialized professions will be changed due to digitalization, and even office work will be affected by it. We will develop the expertise needed to perform these jobs through specialized training, just as we have done up to now. However, there will also be tasks that disappear. The Pact for the Future guarantees that employees who perform these types of jobs will be trained to qualify for new responsibilities in future trend areas. That’s what is meant when we speak of personnel transformation. And these new jobs also require open-mindedness and a willingness to learn.
How do you identify these responsibilities and changes?
Right now we are carrying out what we call competence radar workshops, in which we work together with the departments and career branch academies to analyze which technologies will be introduced in which departments and when – and what changes will result in the medium to long term. We are collecting information for the company about which jobs will cease to exist due to digitalization and which new skills we will need in the various departments.