Every two years we conduct our employee survey in order to obatin feedback from our employees, discover weaknesses, and implement suitable actions to eliminate those weaknesses. The analysis on team level and of other criteria (e.g. function, executives vs. leader vs. employee, gender, age group) support the derivation of fitting concrete improvement actions on all levels. Around 76% of all employees participated in the last employee survey, the share of men and woman - where gender was specified - complies approximately with gender proportion in the group (participation rate man around 67%, women around 32% and for the first time diverse around 1%).
In addition to the employee survey, we also gauge employee satisfaction every six months through a pulse survey. This helps us obtain a current snapshot of the mood at the company and verify whether the introduced actions have been successful. This lets us make quick adjustments if necessary. The pulse survey in November 2020 saw a 77% response rate among the group.
There is a strong need to predict and prepare for long term risks that could occur in the future. Although these risks are difficult to spot, they can have a significant impact on our company. It is therefore necessary to effectively identify and evaluate such adverse events early and develop mitigation strategies to protect our business and our customers against such risks. Having a comprehensive view of emerging risks for Deutsche Telekom is part of our risk management system, which systematically identifies, assesses, and manages relevant risks.
These emerging risks are categorized into political, economic, social, technological, environmental and regulatory/legal events that could occur. The assessment factors considered include velocity and novelty of the risk and relevance for our industry and business in the years ahead.The following emerging risks are on the rise:
Technological: Cybercrime is exploding. Digital transformation, expanding device adoption, machine learning and other applications of exponential increase in computing power are trying to outpace current security protection. As the number of entry points into organizations grows, and cybercrime becomes ever-more profitable, the number of cyberattacks will continue to rise.
Risks include hackers deploying ransomware that can block access to data and key systems (either by exploiting security holes in companies’ networks or using phishing emails to harvest credentials and gain entry), AI-powered cyber-attacks will become more autonomous and self-propagating, learning the target’s network environment rather than relying on known or common vulnerabilities.
Ongoing mitigation measures include creating a more robust IT control environment to increase prevention of these common attacks; deploying (Artificial Intelligence) machine learning techniques into network intrusion detection and strong effective reaction capabilities to defend against detected attacks; improving malware detection and secure user authentication and raising cyber awareness to reduce potential cyber breaches.
Economic: A pandemic crisis is impossible to predict, but historical data shows that in the past decades regional and global pandemics have been occurred more rapidly. A new pandemic can drastically reduce economic growth globally affecting multiple industries, supply chains and how we live and work.
Relating risks could be higher payment delays and defaults of our business and consumer customers increasing our bad debt. Possible lockdowns would force shops to close and travel restrictions would reduce our subscriber growth and the volume of roaming traffic. Additionally, companies could reduce their IT orders. Social distancing and homeschooling could lower overall efficiency or in the case of a severe pandemic temporarily or even permanently reduce our workforce. All of this could in turn, lead to a decline in revenue.
Our Group Situation Center monitors the development of any emerging pandemic. As part of our crisis management, they communicate pandemic guidelines and provide hygiene and safety equipment to all shops, offices and infrastructure sites to protect customers and employees. Other group wide mitigation measures include ramping up and stabilizing our networks to ensure our network can handle additional surges in voice and data traffic. To minimize the spread of a possible outbreak, employees may work from home and our sales and service teams can reallocate to meet changing demands.
Environmental: Natural Disasters such as flooding, severe storms, hail, heat waves, wildfires, hurricanes and earthquakes are occurring more often. The physical effects of our changing climate are leading to ocean warming, heat and humidity increase and increasing average temperatures and humidity levels. Therefore, these extreme weather scenarios are likely to intensify in the future.
As more natural disasters occur, specific areas will become more vulnerable to flooding, storms, or heat and could increase the number of network outages of our network infrastructure (direct damage) or affecting the relevant supply of power or water (indirect damage). This in turn could lead to loss of revenues or lower customer satisfaction.
Mitigation to reduce such network outages include analysis of previous and forecasting of possible future disasters to identify weak spots in areas that are more prone to stronger and more frequent disasters. Any identified weak spots in our network equipment would be upgraded to increase robustness against such disasters. Furthermore, detailed business continuity and disaster recovery plans are in place in case such events should occur.
Promotion of women in STEM professions#
Diversity is an integral part of our corporate culture, this is why we are increasingly trying to attract talented women to our company with target-group-specific speeches. Our Women's STEM Award, which promotes women in STEM subjects and professions, was once again open to female STEM students from all over the world for the eighth time. We are partner of Femtec, a career platform to inspiring women to pursue a (management) career in the technical field. This year we were one of 2 dedicated companies offering an innovation workshop. The topic of the project was nothing less than one of our latest mega topics: „Next Generation of Energy Autonomous Telco Site“- which almost 30 of the Femtec women decided on. We were also involved in the "Global Digital Women", an international network of female digital pioneers.
Following the implementation of our new employer brand strategy and campaign #IWILLNOTSTOP, the absolute focus in 2020 was on our digital presence as an employer in the market and keeping in touch with IT talents. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, people's need for a sense of purpose, belonging and security has increased. We have integrated this change in values for our target group in our employer brand strategy and translated it into specific messages on the "New Normal", e.g. with communication content on agile ways of working, flexible working and home office, digital learning, sense of belonging to DT. The campaign #IWILLNOTSTOP stands for meaningful work and impact - especially in times of Corona, this message has gained even more impact and strengthened us as an employer. For us, distance instead of face-to-face also meant rethinking employer communication and developing new digital formats. In recruiting, the virtual recruiting process became more important than ever. We believe that transparency, clear messages, and personal contact between recruiters and candidates are all part of the virtual recruiting process as well based on a great candidate experience. In addition, strengthening our talent pool management and building talent pipelines was one of our main recruiting topics this year.
Internet access on planes
Together with satellite company Inmarsat, Deutsche Telekom is offering the fastest inflight broadband service for European travelers.
The European Aviation Network (EAN) has been developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom in partnership with leading European companies such as Thales, Nokia, Airbus, Cobham and Eclipse Technics. It marks a paradigm shift in the airline passenger experience, with incomparable speeds, uninterrupted coverage and significantly lower latency than any other inflight Wi-Fi network in the continent.
The award-winning connectivity solution has been available to over 20 million passengers to date, travelling on more than 200,000 flights throughout Europe, covering key destinations such as London, Madrid, Barcelona, Geneva and Rome. It is currently available with British Airways, Iberia and Vueling, which are all part of International Airlines Group (IAG).
Digital health care system: Deutsche Telekom as a project partner
We are helping shape the digital health care system with numerous pilot projects.
• We are involved as a project partner in developing a solution for antibiotic treatment consultation at the St. Georg Hospital in Leipzig. The primary goal is to enable fast, secure data exchange between doctors, patients, and health insurers. The State of Saxony sponsored the project with over 1.2 million euros at the beginning of 2017. It will initially run until mid-2019.
• The main objective of the “Psychological Trauma Telehealth Network for Saxony (Tele-NePS)” project is to sustainably improve the integrated treatment chain for post-traumatic stress disorders. The goal is to enable those affected to access the treatment network, make expertise universally available, and guarantee cross-institution documentation and coordination. The EU and the State of Saxony will be funding the project, which will run until 2020, with 1.4 million euros.
• Under the auspices of a 10-year partnership, we are helping Kliniken Essen-Mitte (KEM) to drive forward the digitalization of its hospitals. By January 1, 2019, we had replaced the existing hospital information system with our iMedOne solution at two of the clinic’s locations.
In a joint project Deutsche Telekom Stiftung and German Reading Foundation aim to awaken children´s interest in math and science and improve their language and reading skills by reading aloud to them. Appropriate reading materials (books, apps, e-books) are read aloud by volunteer readers to kids aged three to ten in kindergartens, primary schools and libraries. By late 2020, a total of around 3,300 volunteers engaged as volunteer readers in Germany and abroad– including 110 Deutsche Telekom employees (as of November 2020).
“IT remarketing” project
Our “IT remarketing” project involves reconditioning our used IT hardware to make it suitable for further use. We continue to maintain our partnership with “AfB gemeinnützige GmbH”, which offers job opportunities to people with disabilities. Within the scope of this partnership, we are giving some of our used IT hardware (e.g. laptops) to the organization for reconditioning and reselling. This will support us to save resources and to create jobs for people with disabilities as well as extend the life cycle of our used hardware.
Succession management ensuring our company is ready for the future
Top-level management plays a key role in the business success of a company. If managers at that level leave the company, their position must be filled in a timely manner, with a qualified candidate. Since 2017, we have a global systematic succession management process, which obligates around 1,700 managers in executive positions to be involved in succession planning. The process helps these managers to decide who could serve as their direct successor and who has the potential to take on their role in the mid-term. A digital platform helps executives with the nomination process.
In 2020, 4,400 potential candidates (DT internal and external, 25 percent of which were female professionals) were evaluated at special succession meetings. Successors get full transparency about the positions they are nominated to and their readiness to take on the role. This nomination and feedbackprocess is a valuable intrument to identify in a timely manner highly qualified successionb candidates in order to minimize the risk of any placement gaps. Furthermore Succession Management supports the internal mobility of executives within Deutsche Telekom.
Commitment to refugee aid
Deutsche Telekom's commitment to refugees started in 2015 as an initial aid task force with different measures, such as free WIFI hotspots or the provision of real estate to the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. In the following years, these initiatives developed into the project "Deutsche Telekom supports refugees" with a focus on long-term integration into the labor market.
Through our activities, various kinds of offers for refugees were successfully implemented. In 2019 alone, 450 positions were filled. From low-threshold entries into internships to longer-term hiring for training or permanent positions: Job offers and recruiting processes were tailored to the needs of the target group. An example is the "Internship PLUS Direct Entry" program developed by Deutsche Telekom together with partner companies which was awarded the HR Excellence Award. In several phases with a slow increase in responsibility and sufficient time for language acquisition, it offered participants long-term prospects and stability.
At the end of 2019 the project was dissolved. The experience gained has been incorporated into our standard HR processes. In this way, we will continue to make it easier for refugees to enter working life in the long term.
'Corporate Citizenship' that’s also the Art Collection Telekom. Deutsche Telekom takes the responsibility for culturally diverse and open civil societies in Europe seriously.
The redesigned website of the Art Collection Telekom was launched in late spring. The site offers an overview of all works in the collection, which has a focus on East and Southeast Europe and fosters the dialogue between East and West.
With the large exhibition 'Keeping the Balance', the Ludwig Museum in Budapest reopened its doors under strict health rules after the lockdown at the beginning of September. The project was closely accompanied and supported by our subsidiary company ‘Magyar Telekom’. Title and concept for the exhibition had already been determined in autumn 2019 and received additional meaning with the pandemic. In order to make it accessible to a broader public, the digital presence of the exhibition has been strengthened. Artists produced short video clips that were shared on Instagram and the collection's website. The exhibition is also available online as a 3D tour.
The ArtScience Residency was launched in cooperation with Ars Electronica in Linz. It enables an artist to participate in a residency in a renowned institute and at Ars Electronica to incorporate in their work the latest developments in research, technology or science. In autumn 2021, the result will be presented at the next Ars Electronica Festival.
In 2020 we closed the Global Talent Pool of 2019 and were working on a new concept of talent management, which is launched in the fall of 2020. The new concept focuses on identification, validation and long-term development of talents with the aim of placing them into strategically critical roles. In this new concept we allow leadership to identify employees with potential but also employees can raise their hands to be assessed. Employees go through a validation process of personality assessment and structured interviews, upon which leadership selects the future members of the hub – best matching role requirements. In the hub they will have a personal advisor brokering them to opportunities in line with their potential and targeted critical role. Our Board members are patrons and a broad group of business leaders serve as business sponsors of the hub. They mentor, make talents visible and open doors for them. In the hub we will work on the development of members on the long-term, over multiple career steps.
Achieving more together: international collaboration
How can international corporations put sustainability strategies into practice across borders? Deutsche Telekom employs CR managers for the relevant business segments and national companies to reach this goal. They use the CR Manager Network to regularly share best practices and discuss new challenges, thereby jointly promoting essential CR issues. The central Group Corporate Responsibility (GCR) department is responsible for managing the network.
Due to the Corona situation, the CR Manager Network focused 2020 solely on virtual meetings. Starting point in February was the supplement "Act responsibly" to the Groups strategy and the implications for CR-Managers. The virtual meeting in May had a special section on the Corona activities in the respective national companies and focused otherwise mostly on the progress made in the "We care for our planet" program, followed by several national workshops to foster international roll-out of the program. At the autmn-meeting, members of the network learned among other things about the current status of the climate targets, digital inclusion and continued with information on "we care for our planet".
Start up!: our trainee program for young innovators
Our Start up! trainee program above all targets technology and IT graduates who have an entrepreneurial spirit and are open to new challenges. Since we also increasingly want to reach talented candidates outside of Germany, the application process has been held in English since 2017. As a result, we have been able to increase the share of international participants: 30 percent of trainees were not native German speakers in 2020. In the reporting period, a total of 44 university graduates embarked on the trainee program, 59 percent of whom were women.
During a period lasting around 18 months, trainees familiarize themselves with different areas of the company in Germany and abroad. They take on challenging project assignments in various business areas. The trainees are supported by experienced managers. The program is supplemented by innovative training formats and events. Our Start up! trainees also pursue their own initiatives and support social projects within the context of our Social Days.
The 80/20 model
Since 2017, we have been using the 80/20 model to give our employees the opportunity to spend up to 20 percent of their working time on projects outside of their usual remit. This allows them to work with teams from other departments. In this way, we break up departmental silos and can make better use of the company’s broad spectrum of talent. The model makes employees more visible and motivated, and enhances their network of contacts. Use of the model is voluntary and is tied to a specific Group project.
Skills management in the digital age: skillsUP!
There are 5,500 different job descriptions at Deutsche Telekom in Germany alone. As digitalization progresses, many of them no longer match the tasks and skills now required.
The skillsUP! program launched in 2018 aims to cut the number of job profiles to less than 1,000 and adapt them so that they last for the next three to five years. However, skillsUP! involves more than just modernizing job profiles. The new, up-to-date job descriptions are linked to the Group’s skills management so as to ensure holistic, integrated HR planning, make it easier to identify possible gaps in required skills, initiate training measures, or advertise new jobs. Deutsche Telekom is the first large German company to have such a mechanism. skillsUP! is the Group-wide implementation of several pilot projects that have been conducted since 2016.