Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Leadership 4.0: PEAK meets at the NIT

“What does the digitized working world mean for tomorrow’s leadership?” is the question personnel experts from different industries are looking into at the NIT on Tuesday, November 24. It is the third meeting this year of the Personnel Development Working Group (Arbeitskreis für Personalentwicklung/PEAK), a network offering for member-companies of the NORDMETALL and AGV Nord industry associations, which include the NIT. Suggestions are made in presentations, held by Verena Fritzsche, CEO of NIT, and Prof. Wolfgang Kersten, Head of Institute of Business Logistics and General Management at Hamburg University of Technology.

Digitization is completely changing the working world. International meetings are held by videochat, important documents are stored in the cloud, and employees can read their work mail at home on their smartphones. These changes pose major challenges for management. How are technical less experienced employees to cope with the constantly changing software? How are important documents to be kept safe from hackers? And how can I expect my employees to be constantly available without endangering their mental health? At the meeting HR specialists will discuss how the working world is changing in the course of Industrie 4.0 and how management can best qualify employees for the change.  

To find answers an exchange of views and experience among HR managers is indispensable. At PEAK, attendees benefit from the collected cross-company expertise of colleagues. Meetings are held in rotation at the premises of participating companies. In this way participants not only get to know different environments but also gain a specific insight into different operational structures. The resulting benefit for companies is that best practice experience saves time and money. PEAK helps them to incorporate new stimuli into corporate processes. PEAK members constantly keep each other up to date on new personnel trends and innovative ideas. The targeted exchange among specialists multiplies the number of problem solution options. The experts set up a network of contacts to which they can have recourse in their day-to-day work. 

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