Intervention in Lighthouse Organisations

City of Kiel
Kiel, Germany
www.kiel.de

Branch
Public administration

About us
Kiel is the capital city in the Northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, with a population of 240,000. Kiel has become one of the major maritime centres of Germany and is known for the annual Kiel Week, the biggest international sailing event in the world. Kiel's strong relation to the sea is also represented by being one of the traditional homes of the German Navy's Baltic fleet, by its function as major high-tech shipbuilding centre and centre for maritime research excellence. Due to its location at the Kiel Canal and the Kiel Fjord, it features prominently as important sea transport hub and as port for cruise ships touring the Baltic Sea.

Two departments of the city administration take part in the project which exhibit a variety of public activities including planning and building regulations, traffic control, wedding and passport services. Approximately 330 employees work in both departments.


Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
Corporate Health Management is not a foreign word for the city of Kiel, because they tried for quite some time to face the demographic change with strategies. The aging of the population and thus the workforce is a challenge for companies and administrations. To cushion the emerging skill shortages, ideas are required that are put into practice.

The city of Kiel is faced with shortage of skilled workers, not only with other local authorities but also with the economy in increasingly competition for qualified junior staff. A sick leave above the national average and job cuts bring many employees to the brink of their capabilities. For this coming lower salaries for coveted specialists in comparison to private companies. It is all the more important for the city of Kiel, to get the working ability, experience and knowledge of older people as long as possible.

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Photo: Landeshauptstadt Kiel / Sven Meier

Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Hartwig Wagemester
+49 431 3016 138
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Pori Energia Oy
Pori, Finland
http://www.porienergia.fi/

Branch
Energy

About us
Pori Energia produces and provides high-quality energy services. Our history of over 100 years provides a solid and reliable basis for our operations. All our services are covered by a certified quality and operations system which ensure the continuous development and improvement of our operations. Our strength as energy and service provider lies in the energy production which is based on locally renewable natural resources combined with a personnel of nearly 300 professionals who serve our customers individually and comprehensively.

In our power plants the energy production is mostly a combination of electricity and heat production. Virtually all heat and most of the acquired electricity comes from our own power plants and production quotas. Maintaining a high degree of self-sufficiency is a part of our long term business strategy. Our clientele is comprised of households, private and public sector service companies and industry.

Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
Pori Energia faces a challenge of having plenty of employees over 55 years old. 15% of the employees will retire in five years. The company has also noticed that different generations have different kind of values and expectations from working life. Young, middle aged and best agers need different kind of leadership.

During the past years Pori Energia has made many efforts to improve personnel's work ability and wellbeing at work. Age management has been part of that work. Pori Energia conducts a personnel questionnaire regularly. Based on the results the company develops personnel´s wellbeing at work in close co-operation with the occupational health care providers. Pori Energia is very committed in developing age management of all generations further on because it will be more and more crucial issue in the future.

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Photo: Antti Lehtonen

Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Terhi Rajala
+358 50 317 1453
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Kirsi Mäkelä
+358 44 710 5392
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Claudius Peters Projects GmbH
Hamburg, Germany
http://www.claudiuspeters.com/

Branch
Metal and Electronics

About us
Claudius Peters Projects GmbH is part of the Technologies Division of Claudius Peters Group GmbH, headquartered in Buxtehude, Hamburg with regional offices in America, Europe, China and the Far East. We set the benchmark for technological excellence in the industry and beyond and our name is synonymous with innovation and leading edge solutions.

Within the project Best Agers Lighthouses we focus in particular on the Division Aerospace, which manufactures aircraft parts for Airbus with about 120 employees. From the early days of the A300 to the A380 "super jumbo", Claudius Peters has manufactured vital components for every Airbus in service today. Providing rigidity and strength to the fuselage of the aircraft, many kilometres of specially profiled metal sections called "stringers" are fabricated into the skin of every aircraft built; these have been manufactured by Claudius Peters' aerospace division for more than 2 decades.

Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
The average age of the employees increased also at Claudius Peters in the last years, which causes new requirements for the human resource management. By taking part in the project Best Agers Lighthouses we would like to tackle these challenges.

The management of young qualified workers is of particular importance for us, since several of our "knowledge holders" will retire in the next years and we have to organize company internal know how transfer to keep their crucial knowledge. At the same time people have to work longer, which sometimes affects the organisation of workplaces and the work environment as well.

By joining the Best Agers Lighthouse project, we started a long-term intervention process. We get assistance in the situation analysis as well as in the implementation of first actions. We are in particular interested in the experiences of other companies, for example from Finland.

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Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Silke Lorenz
+49 40 6378-4530
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Folktandvården (Public Dental Service)
Luleå, Sweden
http://www.nll.se/ 

Branch
Health Care

About us
Folktandvården is the public dental service in the County of Norrbotten. Our vision is "A healthy mouth of all ages" and the goal is to help citizens in Norrbotten to achieve and maintain good oral health through life. The mission of Folktandvården and its 570 employees is to offer the county's children and young people free dental care and to supply the dentistry needs of asylum seekers, the elderly, and functionally disabled.

The service also provides general and specialist dental care for the county´s adult population in competition with private dental care providers. The division operates from some 30 units in the county's 14 municipalities. Folktandvården also work with county-wide specialist dental care where all specialties are represented and we run dental technology laboratories.

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Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
We need, both now and in the future, to have good access to qualified personnel willing to work with dental care in the whole county i.e. the coastal, inland and sparsely populated areas. In order to run a good business we must be active and need to bridge any recruitment difficulties in the future with several strategies, one strategy is to participate in the Best Agers Lighthouses project.

Besides the need of access to qualified personnel, our experience also shows that diversity at the workplace, where young employees work together with best agers, creates opportunities for exchange of knowledge and it is also very valuable since it helps to create a good working environment. By being a part of the project, we want to create opportunities to keep older workers in service until retirement age and hopefully even longer.

Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Greta Isaksson
+46 920 28 46 19
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Kaunas University of Technology
Kaunas, Lithuania
http://en.ktu.lt/ 

Branch
Higher Education

About us
Kaunas University of Technology is the largest technical university in Lithuania and was established in 1922. Known for its linkages with business, leadership in scientific research, flexible interdisciplinary programmes and excellent study experience, KTU is fast forwarding to becoming an internationally acknowledged institution of higher education. The School of Economics and Business, one of 13 faculties, takes part in the Best Agers Lighthouses project with its about 100 employees. More than 4000 students are currently enrolled in full-time, evening, extramural, and continuing studies.

Internally the university is committed to the spirit and traditions of Lithuanian University, as well as social responsibility, cooperation, transparency, creativity, professionalism, initiative, academic honesty and continuous improvement. In this spirit, the university encourages student competencies' development, creates innovation by developing internationally acknowledged technology and knowledge and by enabling its transfer into industry and business. It also invests into wellbeing by developing and caring for University's academic environment and infrastructure.


Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
We care about every worker and seek to create favorable work-conditions, in order to make a more effective and long-lasting profit of their knowledge and experience. Participating in "Best Agers Lighthouses" will create a possibility to have access to best practices of other countries and adapt innovative methods of age management.

We already ensure well-being of professional activities by establishing working project management and personnel management centers for our more than 2764 employees, among them 1036 professors. Our "ageing activities" include an employees union, uniting university present and retired former employees, and a veteran club Emeritus which embraces university teachers, researchers and administrative staff. Additionally, we have created a legal and material basis for work and personal life balance. We offer a healthy aging environment, a range means of leisure, health opportunities and possibility to participate in artistic activities. We believe that everyone working or studying at our university should be given the opportunity to enjoy a favourable work environment.

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Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Tercizijus Varkala
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Siauliai University
Siauliai, Lithuania
http://su.lt/en/welcome/about-siauliai-university 

Branch
Higher Education

About us
Situated in Šiauliai, the fourth largest city of Lithuania with 108 000 inhabitants and the centre of Northern Lithuania, the Šiauliai University was founded in 1948. The Faculty of Social Sciences takes part in the project. It is modern and dynamic and the largest faculty of Šiauliai University.

The mission of the faculty is to support free thinking and creative personalities who aim together at developing competences based on management, administration of economics and responsibility to welfare society. Since its establishment (in 1998) till present, more than 7,000 students have graduated from our faculty. First, second and third degree programmes are offered in the field of economics, management, business administration, finances, and public administration. More than 2,000 students are enrolled in full-time and part-time study programmes. 99 research and teaching staff (12 professors, 21 associate professors, 18 doctors of science and 48 teaching assistants) work in the department of Economics, Management and Public Administration.

Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
Participation in the international project "Best Agers Lighthouses" is significant for the community and valuable for our faculty members. Although the faculty is rather young, the age management steps, recommended by the project scientist-advisors and consistently implemented by the external advisor and internal mentors, are an excellent opportunity to rethink about ageing in Lithuania, in the Baltic Sea region and in all Europe.

These steps are regarded as fundamental tools for leaders to start with strategic planning, to take decisions for creating circumstances that enable to profit from knowledge and abilities of older employees, and to prevent age discrimination in the organisation. In line with the valuable research tools designed by the project´s scientific partners, we gathered great information data. These sources have revealed some important challenges about our employees' age management and revealed a situation which we would not stand back from.

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Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Beatrice Poskuviene
+370 41 552061
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Siauliai State College
Siauliai, Lithuania
http://www.svako.lt/en

Branch
Higher Education

About us
The Siauliai State College was established in 2002 after the reorganisation of the medical colleges and technical schools. Today it is the leading state higher education institution of Northern Lithuania that provides study programmes, high quality courses, knowledge and practical skills coherence. We are an intellectual organisation which develops social partnerships, creates a stimulating academic environment and develops human values.

Our main activity is providing college degree programs. In addition to this core activity, the institution aims to empower the region's employees by providing retraining and skills upgrading services through non-formal education programmes and basic training programmes for visually handicapped people. The college is actively involved in the life of the region by developing educational and counselling activities aimed at improving the competitiveness of the region, developing partnership networks in Lithuania and abroad. The college offers 27 study programmes (6 in the Faculty of Health Care, 21 in the Business and Technology Department). It embraces 2624 students and 305 employees, of whom 205 academic.

Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
Almost one third of the employees of the college (50 teachers and 28 administrative and service staff) are of senior age (55+). After the evaluation of employee's age structure and realising the importance of the age management nowadays, the organisation has decided to look for a better use of knowledge and experiences of educated and highly motivated senior professionals. Through the interventions implemented during the project "Best Agers Lighthouses", Siauliai State College expects to identify and implement specific age management strategies and to adapt successful HR management models, methods and best practices in order to reform its working conditions and environment.

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Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Daiva Jonuskiene
+370 41 525504
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Latvenergo
Riga, Latvia
www.latvenergo.lv

Branch:
Energy

About us
The Latvenergo Group is the largest power supply company in the Baltics engaged in electricity and thermal energy generation, electricity supply and provision of electricity transmission and distribution services. The structure of the Group is composed of six commercial companies led by the parent company Latvenergo AS. It is a state capital company and is considered as one of the most environmentally friendly electricity pro-ducers in Europe.

The Latvenergo Group includes also five subsidiaries of Latvenergo AS - Latvijas elektriskie tikli AS, Sadales tikls AS, Elektrum Eesti OÜ, Elektrum Lietuva UAB and Liepa-jas energija SIA. Latvenergo AS has shareholding in two associated companies - Nordic Energy Link AS (Estonia) and Pirmais Slegtais Pensiju Fonds AS. The Latvenergo group's mission is to ensure safe, qualitative and envi-ronmentally friendly energy production and delivery, which promotes well-balanced and sustainable develop-ment of the national economy. The project activities take place in Latvenergo AS company.

Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
 Labour aging is a serious issue especially in Latvia, where the decrease of economically active population is even more rapid than the overall decrease of population. Latvenergo is one of the largest companies and its employees' age structure reflects the demographic situation and labour market challenges in Latvia. The company has more than half of employees at age over 40 with special technical knowledge which will be difficult to replace with changed education system and no opportunities for increased job places for young people.

The terms "flexicurity" and "silver economy" have appeared on the agenda as important topics which provide new opportunities as well as challenges for companies like Latvenergo to find new creative ways how to organise the work more efficiently and flexibly along with ensuring motivating and attractive environment for employees of all generations. The purpose of participating in the project for Latvenergo was to look at best practices in other European countries regarding this challenging area with opportunities to introduce new approaches in company's human resource management field.

 

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Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Ieva Goba
+371 25440039
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L-3 ELAC Nautik
Kiel, Germany
www.elac-nautik.de

Branch
Electronics and Communication

About us
L-3 ELAC Nautik is a company in Kiel, Germany, with more than 80 years of experience in development and production of hydroacoustic systems. The product portfolio includes sonar systems, echo sounders as well as systems for underwater communication and data link units for military and civil application. All products are manufactured and sold at the Kiel facility with about 145 employees.

Global markets require global structures. Since 1998 L-3 ELAC Nautik GmbH is a subsidiary of L-3 Communications with headquarters in New York. In addition to the advantages of a strong mother company, customers benefit from the wide product range resulting from the cooperation of all L-3 companies.


Why we participate in Best Agers Lighthouses
The results of the age structure analysis show that ELAC Nautik is affected by the demographic trend. For this it is important to interlink organisational and human re-source development, to mitigate the generation gap and to ensure knowledge transfer from the elderly to the younger. Three guiding principles play a central role in the intervention process:

  • What is the impact of demographic change on ELAC Nautik?
  • What internal challenges are waiting for us?
  • What changes do we need to trigger?

 
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Contact (at the Facilitating Partner)
Hartwig Wagemester
+49 431 3016 138
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