On Wednesday, January 28, 2015, senior executives and HR managers from the healthcare and life-sciences industries attended a dedicated HR event. In partnership with BPI – Bundesverband der Pharmazeutischen Industrie e.V. –, BIO Deutschland e.V. and BVMed, Frankfurt School organised the third annual HR Conference for the Life-Sciences Industry. The main focus of this year’s event was on monetary and non-monetary incentives, occupational health schemes, and the challenges of and successful strategies for employee recruitment and retention.
Ingolf Jungmann, Vice President and Managing Director of Frankfurt School, welcomed delegates on the Wednesday morning, highlighting the importance of professional dialogue and organised networking at events like this one. He also explained the significance of the sector for Frankfurt School, mentioning as an example the business school’s – very popular – MBA in International Healthcare Management. “I wish you all a very enlightening day, as well as plenty of stimulating conversation during breaks in the conference agenda,” he concluded.
In a series of 30-minute presentations, HR managers, recruitment consultants and other speakers outlined current challenges as well as potential solutions, either based on experiences in their own companies or derived from ongoing HR management trends. The final session took the form of a panel discussion between the day’s speakers on the “Special features of HR management and strategies in Germany’s research-led healthcare industry,” tackling such topics as the increasing shortage of skilled specialists that is gradually but inexorably impacting on the industry as a whole.