Staff satisfaction check and welcome culture

Deutsche Wohnen is growing, which means the need for excellent employees is also growing. Any company hoping to attract new staff should first find out how those who are already on board are faring.

We want to know exactly how satisfied our employees are with us as an employer and find out more about their wishes and needs at the same time. That is why we conduct a staff survey every two years. In 2018, we once again asked employees to evaluate a number of issues: cooperation within the firm, job content, leadership, development opportunities, corporate culture and questions relating to work-life balance.

More than 71% of employees took part in the survey – that alone is a good result. What is more, approximately 79% of respondents are satisfied with Deutsche Wohnen as an employer. Additionally, more than two thirds would recommend the company to friends and family as a place to work. The respondents saw the welcome culture which new staff members experience as a clear plus. That is no surprise because four or five times a year, all new employees from throughout Germany are invited to so-called Welcome Days at the Deutsche Wohnen head office in Mecklenburgische Straße and introduced to the Group and its individual companies. Following an introduction of the various units, a presentation about the company, and a welcome speech by a representative of the focus group in the morning then lunch at the canteen, the newbies board a coach together, already feeling they know one another much better. The group – which usually consists of 16 to 20 co-workers – then goes on a tour of various Deutsche Wohnen districts in the capital, visiting Onkel Tom’s Hütte, Otto Suhr Estate and Oranienkiez. The highlight is the Hufeisensiedlung (Horseshoe Estate) designed by Bruno Taut, including a walking tour of the horseshoe and a visit to the Info Station. Lastly, they return to the head office in Berlin-Wilmersdorf before making their way back home with lots of new information and contacts within the company.

“I thought the Welcome Day was really interesting – from the warm welcome and the motivated, informative presentations through to the well-planned tour of the holdings.”

Staff member from letting