CARE FOR OUR PEOPLE SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2019 – BOSKALIS 50 In 2019 we used the career center platform we introduced in September 2018 to provide inspiration and information about long-term careers at Boskalis, ensuring all vacancies are promoted internally and sharing tools, tricks and tips for professional development. We developed resources such as a development framework, which sets out development possibilities within our company and a quick development guide for employees and managers to further support a culture promoting mobility and development. Activation program Having the basics in order on our career platform, we started the activation process by means of campaigning. The activation campaign consists of inspirational career events with inspirational speakers and more internally focused career markets. Topics during the events were: cultivating high-performing teams, personal brand development and career planning. Throughout 2019 we managed to directly reach out to more than 500 colleagues who attended the events. Pool management 2.0 Based on an anticipated scarcity of senior project managers, we started Boskalis Project Professionals (BPP). This program aims to accelerate the development of selected potentials and deploy them towards a role of project manager. The program will have a strong focus on personal leadership and key components related to the role of project manager and its environment. SUSTAINABLE EMPLOYABILITY Supporting the continued employability of our employees is an important issue for our business and our employees. We do so by helping to enhance staff skills for the future and by looking at ways to keep people healthy, safe and motivated through to their retirement. We aim to create an environment in which people stay committed and connected. We encourage employees to shape their own career and, if necessary, retrain for a position that is fitting in their stage of life. For instance, through our training and development programs, employees can request to be trained for a different or less physically demanding job. At Boskalis Nederland, the SamenFIT (FIT Together) program that was launched in 2017 is now a well-integrated concept. Throughout the year many initiatives, activities and topics are linked to it, making it a logical part of a greater goal: contributing to the health and wellbeing of Boskalis employees. Activities include workshops by ergonomists, communications to employees, support to manage a healthy work-life balance, support for employees who are a caregiver outside of work, as well as a well-filled sports calendar with a diversity of sports events for all levels of fitness. In the past years a main focus was directed towards the health of our older employees in the field, which has resulted in a significant decrease in sickness absence.
CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATIVE EMPLOYEES In February 2019, the seven most promising innovations were selected from a total of 108 entries to participate in the acceleration phase of the Boskalis Wavejump Innovation Challenge (WIC). This program is an opportunity for our ingenious employees to develop their innovative ideas and inventions. Those seven went through an intensive three-month program to develop their ideas further. In June, the winner was chosen following a day of pitching to 150 colleagues who attended the closing WIC event at Rotterdam Cruise Terminal. WIC provides a mechanism for Boskalis to develop solutions to the challenges our teams face on projects in the field. This means we will have a more powerful offer to make to our clients, and manage the impact of our work on the environment. The seven shortlisted ideas included a remotely operated cutting tool, a self-moving traffic barrier and a sonar-integrated diver helmet. The Microbial Soil Improvement Team was voted the best innovation for its idea to make soft soil firmer using bacteria. This can be used to improve the implementation of climate adaptations, such as polders and dikes, and is already relevant to projects such as the Tuas Phase 2 Finger Pier 3 project in Singapore.