Values Make the Difference
“Dear friends” – that’s how most emails at Sika begin. Many employees describe the work atmosphere as informal and uncomplicated. The Sika corporate culture combined with the skills and expertise of our workforce is what defines the Sika Spirit and consistently produces new record results. To ensure that this remains the case in future too, employees are assured the best possible conditions.
Shared Values: a strong foundation and the basis of our growth strategy
Customer First, Courage for Innovation, Sustainability & Integrity, Empowerment & Respect, and Manage for Results are the defining elements of Sika. These values and principles serve as a compass for all Sika national subsidiaries around the world, and are applied by all employees. Thus the Group’s culture of trust, transparency, and openness has a firm globalfoundation that is lived out in practice.
Interesting prospects around the globe
Sika has a local presence in over 100 countries and its products are available worldwide. The company is growing rapidly, and is able to offer employees adaptable career paths, as opposed to rigid development plans. With its culture of flexibility and trust in talents, Sika creates and nurtures individual career opportunities and increasingly champions international mobility. Internal candidates are given preference. In 2019, for instance, 100% of Senior Management roles were filled in-house or with managers joining from acquisitions. The long-term employee prospects and the corporate culture are among the reasons behind Sika’s low employee turnover rate of 6.0% (2018: 6.9 %).
Learning for long-term success
Sika is continually expanding its e-learning platform, with now more than 360 internal training options on offer. The range of online courses available also increased significantly. Over 50 new programs were implemented, and more than 5,500 training hours were completed online. To broaden the training reach, Sika will launch a new e-learning platform for customers in 2020.
Geared towards a strategy of sustainable growth, the programs offered by the Sika Business School comprise leadership and talent development, sales training, digital learning, and special academies. More than 100 courses were offered in 2019 and attended by 1,700 participants. The 15 training programs conducted for existing and upcoming managers were designed to further foster management and leadership knowhow and, among other objectives, prepare them for assignments abroad. For continuing education of its over 200 Senior Managers, Sika partnered with the London Business School to deliver a three-day program on strategy and leadership called “Building Together For Our Future.”
Maximum Performance through Strong Commitment
Conducted in the 2019 business year, Sika’s first-ever groupwide employee survey confirmed that the workforce identifies very strongly with the corporate values. More than 14,600 Sika employees around the globe took part in the survey, representing a response rate of 78%. In comparison with other global companies, this is an excellent result and demonstrates that employees are highly loyal to Sika. The objective of the survey was to collect data on employee engagement, as well as identify strengths and areas with potential for improvement. Sika’s index score of 86 points out of 100 for Group-wide workforce engagement is an outstanding rating. The teams are proud to work for Sika (90 points) and are extremely committed in terms of their work (94 points) and the future success of the company (92 points).
Values & Principles
Customer First, Courage for Innovation, Sustainability & Integrity, Empowerment & Respect, and Manage for Results– these are the defining elements of the Sika culture.
The long-term employee prospects and the corporate culture are among the reasons behind Sika’s low employee turnover rate of 6.0% (2018: 6.9%).
The leadership program is directed at talented company employees at global and regional level. More than 100 courses were offered in 2019 and attended by 1,700 participants.
Talent Management and Employee Development
In 2019, Sika spent CHF 12.3 million (previous year: CHF 11.5 million) on employee development.
Diversity & Inclusion
People of different origins bring new perspectives. At Sika, the assimilation of different ways of thinking and living serves to unlock new potential.
Sika is committed to fostering an inclusive and dynamic working environment in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully to the company’s success.