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practices. This was truly a formative experience – to me it was lived integration. One of our company’s most important principles is that every employee deserves respect and esteem, without reserve or distinction. Our parents and grandparents set the example, and to us it is self-evident. Today, my two brothers and I all work in the family business and employ about 600 people from more than 30 countries. Family business means family values and we live out the idea of integration without an enforced program. Our employees are looked after by our facility managers and duty managers, some of whom have an immigration background themselves. Support with everyday concerns like visits to the authorities, looking for housing, communicating with authorities and banks is a matter of course. Where there is red tape, we cut it. At the same time, it is very important to us that German is our common language at work. Next to working together, it’s talking together that is the most important driver of integration. That is The why we organize and finance language courses when the need arises. X - CLIC Without our people we wouldn’t be where we are today, and it really has nothing to do with their nationality or culture. Our company is inconceivable without foreign employees. 3 Holger Eickholz, Niederberger Gruppe, Cologne Integration – it’s not just a buzzword, it’s about thriving together. But what does that mean in our day-to-day work? It certainly doesn’t mean denying your own culture or religious convictions. Integration implies a certain willingness to adjust to the culture INNOVATION and customs already in place. Besides that, the most important requirement is learning the Visit us at Interclean: German language. That is why we emphasize the importance hall 7, booth of good communication skills in German and foster this with 106 and 108! language courses. Our facility managers show tact and sensitivity when deploying new staff members from different backgrounds to avoid any source of conflict. Though having teams of a shared nationality has proved successful, care must be taken that these groups in more than 80 countries, is an asset to our company. We learn a X SystemThe Scandic turn don’t become isolated. Our workforce, currently representing great deal about other cultures and about different approaches to problem-solving. We also observe this with our foreign trainees, some of whom have a high school diploma, who recognize the One handle for everything! The X-Click provides max- opportunities for advancement in our industry. imun flexibility in professional cleaning! With the We create specific teaching modules that complement the subject innovative Scandic X connector system, all VERMOP cleaning appliances can be attached simply and flex- matter of the vocational school and can concentrate on each ibly to the Scandic X telescopic handle - compatible individual. We have already filled many senior positions with with VERMOP and all major manufacturers. skilled people who have foreign roots. For instance, the head of our training department in Berlin is from Turkey and he ensures Further Information on www.vermop.com or contact that trainees can count on interesting job opportunities after the our Service Line on +49 9342 878 - 800 apprenticeship exam. N rationell reinigen | peter.hartmann@holzmann-medien.de 162185_AZ_ScandicX_Messe_90x266_GC_RZ.indd 1 06.04.16 18:09 GLOBAL CLEANING | ISSUE 2016 11


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