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|  Forum  |  IntegrAtIon Aynur Eva Holger Boldaz- Flemisch, Eickholz, Özdemir, Managing Managing Managing Director, Partner, Partner, Kalka Niederberger Forever Dienstleis- Gruppe, Clean GmbH, tungs GmbH, Cologne. Berlin. Günzburg. Photo: Photo: Photo: Kalka Niederberger Forever Clean Integration and its importance to the industry An asset in every respect Workforce diversity is one of our industry’s strengths. Besides, many companies wouldn’t be able to meet the demand for skilled personnel if it weren’t for jobseekers from beyond our borders. How do facility services providers view the importance of integration, what do they do, how do businesses benefit? Three providers share their insights. 3 Aynur Boldaz-Özdemir, Forever Clean GmbH, Berlin means providing jobs for people with disabilities and women with At Forever Clean GmbH, integration has always been part of our an immigration background. It’s a big word, I know, but you could company’s philosophy and best practices. In 2002 the company say I pioneered the idea in our industry. became an integration service for women. We favored employing If you share our values and are prepared to get the work done, I will women with an immigration background as well as people with do my best to get you a job with us, regardless of your background. disabilities. Today, the shortage of skilled personnel is making a diverse Our company has the legal status of an integration business. workforce a welcome reality. By now, most businesses have also This means that we pursue economic objectives and at the same realized that integration not only pays immediate dividends, but time we permanently employ a large percentage (currently 30 also constitutes a long-term investment in the company’s success. percent) of people with disabilities in the work place. We also train And since, unlike our competitors, this has been our philosophy apprentices who have severe disabilities. from the beginning, there has never been a need to change our Integration requires commitment and time. For example, we company’s slogan: “Successful, Differently”. accompany staff members who don’t yet have sufficient command of the German language (at the moment 14 nationalities are 3 Eva Flemisch, Kalka Dienstleistungs GmbH, Günzburg represented in our firm) on visits to the authorities and we have an By the late sixties we were already employing our first guest industrial psychologist on staff. Sometimes it can take up to a year workers from abroad, and since then the proportion of employees to fill a position with the right candidate. The benefits of practically with an immigration background has increased steadily. So, as tailoring a position to the person are higher productivity and much the daughter of the company’s owner I grew up with employees less employee turnover. with the most diverse backgrounds. I’ll never forget the company It has always been a matter of course for me to employ staff who Christmas parties that I went to as a child. A Babylonian mix of have an immigration background. The initial impulse came from languages from the over 400 employees who were celebrating the desire to help. And from my point of view, then and now, that together, even if some must have been mystified by our western 10 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016


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