Company and Employees
We love Austria.Our infrastructure is essential for the Austria region. We establish networks that will continue to improve our customers’ digital daily lives in years to come. Since 2013, we have invested over €1 billion within Austria. We are a reliable partner in all areas of life for more than 60,000 businesses and 5.7 million customers (status: end of 2017). We work hard to be one of the best employers in Austria. We offer our employees advanced training and a career so that their work at T-Mobile is more than just a job. As a state-designated family-friendly company, we pay attention to the balance between work and private life. After all, we can only offer the best service if our employees are also at their best.
A return to growth safeguards our investment of €1 billion in LTE broadband for Austria.
After almost a decade of falling sales – despite constantly improving services for our customers – T-Mobile returned to stable sales and earnings developments in 2015 and 2016. As a result, we are able to continue to invest massively in the expansion of our LTE network and thus offer better services for T-Mobile customers.
Tough competition and strict regulatory requirements have made mobile network prices in Austria some of the lowest within the EU. This is reflected in a range of figures: Today, mobile telephony and mobile data transfer are significantly cheaper than they were ten years ago, while general consumer prices have increased by an average of over 20%. Unit prices in data transfer (gigabyte) are still falling. Since autumn 2014, many smartphone tariffs include unlimited minutes and SMS. Since autumn 2015, HomeNet, our home broadband service, has been offered completely without data limits. In 2016, data allowances within smartphone tariffs were increased while package prices stayed the same. And since June 2017, EU-wide roaming has been included in all roaming capable tariffs at no extra cost. All these figures represent direct or indirect price reductions for our customers.
At the same time, the T-Mobile network – like that of our competitors – is one of the best networks in Europe, despite facing extremely challenging geographical conditions. In order to maintain this quality throughout the exponential demand for data, it is important that T-Mobile as a company has a sound financial basis. In the past two years, we have managed to stop the decline in sales and earnings and effect a return to stable growth. This is demonstrated in our company figures:
|Revenues||829 million Euro||855 million Euro||900 Mio. Euro|
|EBITDA||259 million Euro||258 million Euro||266 Mio. Euro|
|Investitionen||136 million Euro||141 million Euro||155 Mio. Euro|
We began investing in this future network as early as 2009. Innsbruck was the first city within the scope of the Deutsche Telekom group to be supplied with extensive commercial LTE. With a total investment of €1.280 billion between 2013 and 2017, the expansion of our powerful LTE network for Austria is the largest investment programme in our company’s history. And we are continuing this investment offensive in order to keep pace with the exponentially growing data boom and new applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT). In the coming years, we will also have to spend hundreds of millions annually on compacting and improving the performance of our LTE network.
We are investing €1 billion in mobile broadband for Austria.
International comparisons have shown that Austria is falling behind in terms of high-performance internet. LTE is the quickest and most efficient way of catching up with European forerunners such as Finland or Sweden: A kind of “aerial fibre optic” connection can be brought to remote locations more quickly than any type of cable.
We began investing in this future network as early as 2009. Innsbruck was the first city within the scope of the Deutsche Telekom group, as well as the first European city, to be supplied with extensive commercial LTE. With a total investment of €1.280 billion between 2013 and 2017, the expansion of our powerful LTE network for Austria is the largest investment programme in our company’s history.
And we are continuing this investment offensive in order to keep pace with the exponentially growing data boom and new applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT). In the coming years, we will also have to spend hundreds of millions annually on compacting and improving the performance of our LTE network.
In this way, T-Mobile is significantly contributing to Austria’s ability to participate in the opportunities brought by digitalisation. International comparisons show that we are severely lagging behind. While in Finland, the European frontrunner for broadband, there are 178.1 broadband connections altogether for every 100 inhabitants, this figure is only 117.5 in Austria (as of December 2016). Although the number of cable connections per 100 inhabitants is almost the same (Finland 31.2, Austria 28.7), in terms of mobile communications, Finland – with its 146.9 broadband connections per 100 inhabitants - is far ahead of the current density of 88.8 in this country. (Source: Broadband portal of the OECD, Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development)
Over 6 million customers rely on our network.2017 was also a year of strong customer growth: At the end of the year, we had around 5,9 million SIM cards in our network, an increase of 7% from the previous year. This growth is continuing: In the first quarter of 2018, T-Mobile Austria reached a record of 6,07 million customers for the first time (measured by SIM cards).
Management of T-Mobile
The T-Mobile Austria agendas are run by a four-person team. As Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO), Andreas Bierwirth has been managing the company in cooperation with Maria Zesch (as Chief Commercial Officer for private and business customers), Gero Niemeyer (Chief Financial Officer), and Rüdiger Köster (Chief Technology Officer) since September 2012.
CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board
Dr. Andreas Bierwirth, born in 1971, has been the Chairman of the Executive Board (CEO) of T-Mobile Austria since September 1st, 2012. Bierwirth is a Member of the Supervisory Board for our sister company Telekom Deutschland and was previously Chairman of the Supervisory Board at T-Mobile Poland from 2015 to 2016.
After completing his training as a banker, Andreas Bierwirth studied Business Administration at the University of Munster and earned a Doctorate in Business Studies at the Institute for Marketing. As the Deputy Managing Director of Eurowings from 2002, he designed the repositioning and rebranding of the Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings, which he directed from 2004. After two years as Vice President Marketing of Germany’s Lufthansa, he was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Austrian Airlines in 2008, and from 2009 to 2012, Chief Financial Officer. Bierwirth is trained as a professional pilot and is a Non-Executive Board Member of Easyjet in London.
CCO (Chief Commercial Officer)
Maria Zesch M.A., born in 1973, has been the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of T-Mobile since December 1st, 2015. She has worked within the Deutsche Telekom group since 2003. In 2014 and 2015, she was Senior Vice President of the Business and Wholesale Department. Before taking a year of maternity leave in 2012, she was responsible for marketing agendas on the Executive Board of T-Mobile Austria for two and a half years. From 2008 to 2009, she was in charge of Marketing at our sister company T-Mobile Croatia. Before working abroad, she oversaw the private customer segment and strategy department at T-Mobile Austria. Prior to working for Deutsche Telekom, Zesch spent four years working at the international strategy consultancy firm A.T. Kearney Consulting and two years at ORF as a Project Manager in Business Development.
CFO (Chief Financial Officer) and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board
Gero Niemeyer, 43, has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of T-Mobile Austria since April 1st, 2017. He succeeded Stefan Groß, who assumed a new role within the group after his four-year term of office. Niemeyer has worked within the Deutsche Telekom group since 2005 and was most recently Managing Director of Customer Services at Telekom Deutschland, a sister company of T-Mobile Austria.
In his role at Telekom Deutschland, he was responsible for around 15,000 employees, as well as for the financial management of the customer service department. Thanks to his many years of experience in consultancy, including several years in the USA, Niemeyer brings comprehensive international expertise into his work at T-Mobile Austria. Niemeyer has a degree in Engineering, is a graduate of the RWTH Aachen and Imperial College London, and is an alumnus of the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
CTO (Chief Technology Officer)
Dr Rüdiger Köster (born 1958) was appointed Managing Director of Technology and IT at T-Mobile Austria in 2009. After studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Siegen, Köster’s professional career at Deutsche Telekom began. There, he was involved in introducing GSM technology right from the very outset in 1990. In 1998, he moved to Italy for Deutsche Telekom and three years later, he moved to Seattle to work for the subsidiary company T-Mobile USA. Köster returned to Germany for T-Mobile International in 2004.
Dr. Sabine Bothe
Chief Human Resources Officer
Dr. Sabine Bothe, geboren im Jahr 1973, übernahm mit 1. August 2018 die Rolle als Geschäftsführerin für Personalagenden (Chief Human Resources Officer) bei T-Mobile Austria. In ihrer Rolle verantwortet sie u.a. die gesamten Personalagenden der Merger-Aktivitäten zwischen T-Mobile Austria und UPC Austria.
Die promovierte Juristin Sabine Bothe ist HR-Profi mit breiter strategischer wie operativer Kompetenz und 18 Jahren Führungserfahrung in mehreren Konzernen, darunter Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile Austria, Compass Deutschland und Deutsche Lufthansa. Sie besitzt hohe Kompetenz in den Bereichen Transformation und Cultural Change
Our international standing enables innovative products and cross-border opportunities.
Few Austrian businesses can honestly say that they maintain a lab of several hundred researchers in Berlin for research and development. That they are one of the largest financiers of risk capital for European start-ups. Or that thanks to their global purchasing power, they are able to offer their customers new and exclusive products such as the first iPhone, the first Android phone or - exclusive to Austria - the Fairphone. All this is available at T-Mobile Austria as a part of Europe’s leading telecommunications group.
As a part of the Deutsche Telekom group, T-Mobile Austria is able to draw on these resources in full. In the same way, the parent group draws on those experiences where Austria is a frontrunner within the entire group: in 2009, for example, when Innsbruck became the first European city to offer commercial LTE, the network of the future. In 2012, we collaborated with T-Mobile in the Netherlands to be the first national subsidiary to offer music streaming within our portfolio. Since then, our customers have been able to choose their favourite music from over 30 million music tracks offered by our partner Deezer at a low cost.
In 2015, T-Mobile Austria was the first operator to bring a “personalised programme with no waiting period” to customers with Netflix. Our excellent network quality played a crucial role in T-Mobile becoming the world’s first mobile-only partner of the video streaming service. With M2M communication (Machine-to-Machine), the “Internet of Things”, customers throughout Europe are supplied with SIM cards from Austria and our M2M platform. In the first quarter of 2018, we reached two million M2M customers.
We are especially proud to be the first member of the Deutsche Telekom group to be carbon-neutral since the beginning of 2015 and thereby contribute significantly to the corporate goal of reducing CO₂ outputs. And since 2016, we are the first company within Deutsche Telekom to offer the Fairphone, the world’s first smartphone that strives for fair production. This allows us to offer our customers yet another opportunity to make an environmentally-conscious choice.
Vienna is the hub for patents and standardisation for the entire Deutsche Telekom group.
The international responsibilities of T-Mobile Austria within Deutsche Telekom include the Standardisation & IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Management team based in Vienna. Through patent management, this team ensures the legal protection of innovations created by Deutsche Telekom so that they can be made available to all customers worldwide. A significant task here is turning Deutsche Telekom’s innovations into international standards.
The Standardisation & IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Management team, based in Vienna, controls all standardisation activities throughout the entire Deutsche Telekom group. This team also uses patent management to ensure the legal protection of innovations created by Deutsche Telekom so that they can be made available to all customers worldwide.
In addition to network sharing, LTE development, and IP messaging (Internet Protocol), one of the focuses of current innovation is intense work on reducing the consumption of resources. This ranges from energy savings with fixed and mobile networks to reducing network nodes and administration systems.
However, standardisation itself also generates innovation: Discussions with other network operators and manufacturers result in new ideas, which in turn lead to innovative technologies. To secure the use of these innovations for Deutsche Telekom, the standardisation team safeguards them via patents.
In the course of this, Deutsche Telekom, like other companies, is faced with increasing attacks from so-called “Non-Practicing Entities” (NPE): Law firms who buy up patents and then sue as many manufacturing companies as possible. In the media, they are often referred to as “patent trolls”. The work of the Standardisation Team also involves deflecting unjustified claims in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom’s patent lawyers.
Code of Conduct: We always play fair, no matter where and with whom.
Whenever we do business, we pay attention to fairness, integrity, and appreciation. This is not confined to compliance and adhering to rules and the law, it is also about working fairly with our business partners, colleagues, or authorities. In order to meet these standards, we have introduced clear guidelines that apply to everyone at T-Mobile – from the Executive Board to the employees in our shops.
We have a fully-developed compliance management system, which is one of the most exemplary of its kind in Austria. This has also been confirmed from an expert point of view: In 2017, T-Mobile was certified under the new standard ISO 37001 following a thorough examination of its anti-corruption processes.
Group-wide compliance structures also ensure that laws, provisions, and codes of conduct are adhered to in line with responsible corporate management, whether by the Executive Board and management or each individual employee right down to those working in shops or service.
The five policies of the group-wide binding “ Code of Conduct” forms the fundamental orientation framework for our activities. For example, the Anti-Corruption Policy includes information on how to avoid conflicts of interest between private and professional interests and details on how to handle invitations and gifts can be found in the Benefits Policy.
These include core activities such as group-wide anti-corruption campaigns and decentralised training, as well as national Richtlinien on sponsoring and consulting. We also provide our employees with important rules of conduct in the form of up-to-date guidelines on consulting and sponsoring. Audits and other examinations carried out at regular intervals ensure compliance with these regulations.
Rules alone cannot change people’s behaviour. We ask our employees for their help and have created the Tell Me programme to process reports. This programme allows employees to anonymously report rule violations, suspicious activity, and other information. As a company, we guarantee confidentiality and that employees will not be disadvantaged as a result of any information they submit to the best of their knowledge. This information is researched and examined by specially trained people sworn to confidentiality.
Anonymous reports of misconduct can be submitted by email at Tellemail@example.com or via the electronic whistle-blower portal “ „Tell me"”.
Sustainability is in our DNA.
We want to make a significant contribution to our society’s sustainable development. To facilitate this, we have created our own sustainability structure within the company itself.
As a responsible company, T-Mobile sets itself economic, ecological, and social challenges for the future. We aspire to act in areas where our core business activities allow us to make a substantial contribution to our society’s sustainable development. Our group-wide Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy defines three areas of activity: Connected Life and Work, Connecting the Unconnected, and a Low-Carbon Society (more information can be found at http://www.cr-bericht.telekom.com/site15/strategie-management/cr-strategie).
In order to better coordinate and implement our sustainability programmes, we created our own sustainability organisation in 2012.
This consists of a Sustainability Manager within the Corporate Communications department, who reports directly to the Executive Board. There is also a corporate-wide Sustainability Board, in which all the departments of T-Mobile Austria are represented.
Although T-Mobile itself is not publicly listed, we report on our developments towards becoming a sustainably acting company to our stakeholders by submitting a sustainability report. Here, we adhere to the internationally recognised GRI G4 standard. Since 2013, we have published the T-Mobile sustainability report exclusively as a website for various screen formats. In doing so, we also choose a resource-saving measure in this area.
In our sustainability programme, which can be found in the key figures section of this report, we define binding goals and measures for the coming years. We measure our progress using our indicator system as well as the group-wide ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) Key Performance Indikatoren. The Sustainability Manager is also involved in group-wide CR-Governance via the international CR Manager network, in which 20 national subsidiaries are represented.
For us, sustainable and fair action means entering into discussions with others.
Acting fairly and sustainably is only possible if one is familiar with the perspectives of other social groups. Discussions with our stakeholders have already led to several concrete projects that have brought us significantly further in our journey towards more sustainability.
Employees, customers, trade associations, universities, or social and environmental organisations: They all have certain expectations of us, as we do of them. To find out about these expectations and discuss matters together, we make an effort to contact and remain in touch with our stakeholders. This takes place via many channels: through our Facebook pages, our company blogs ( http://blog.t-mobile.at/ and http://kids.t-mobile.at/), at congresses such as the European Forum Alpbach, at the Forum Mobilkommunikation, or through an Austria-wide roadshow on LTE. This allows us to engage with our stakeholders’ views in detail and use these to develop measures for a sustainable future.
We first ask three questions to help identify which stakeholder groups are relevant to T-Mobile Austria: Who is significantly impacted by our business activities? Who has a great influence on our company? Who do we want to cooperate with to achieve our shared goals?
These discussions have already resulted in exciting, cross-issue projects. One of these is our partnership with Fairphone for fairly produced smartphones: This partnership with the Dutch social enterprise was initiated by a suggestion from our customer Dreikönigsaktion.
In 2016, we continued the discussion on sustainably produced smartphones in a workshop as part of the “City Factory” project by the MAK (Museum for Applied Art). The Fairphone user group within Austria has a reliable partner in T-Mobile Austria. In spring 2017, we hosted an event on the mining of rare earth elements at the University of Applied Sciences for Journalism and Media (Vienna).
Or in the field of renewable energy, where we are working on the pioneer project “Ecological Mobile Telecommunications Station” (more on this in the Umwelt chapter) with the University of Vienna and the FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences. Or with Caritas Austria, with whom we entered into a partnership to help refugees become integrated within Austria.
You can find an overview of our most important stakeholders in the key figures section of this report. And if you would like to take part in this discussion, then just write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top-qualified employees eager to keep our customers satisfied.
Building expertise, steering creativity in the right direction, learning leadership, and being part of an international corporation – this is what professional development at T-Mobile Austria means.
For us, an extensive introductory phase, target management, employee discussions, and individual plans for development are the norm. Impulses for advancement provide important support, especially in hectic and fast-paced everyday professional life. That is what our annual Development Day is there for: Important information about the comprehensive catalogue of opportunities for advanced training, as well as tips on various subjects from successfully managing meetings to developing creative solutions. Seminars on facilitation and presentation or conflict and project management allow our employees to continually develop their skills. Anyone who is in direct contact with customers will also benefit from the ambitious training programmes: Our “Win[g]man Training” gives attendees a technically sound basis for managing a shop in the medium term.
New managers are accompanied during their first 180 days by the programme NEW_MANAGER@T-MOBILE. The components of the programme include sponsorship by an experienced member of management, an onboarding seminar, mentoring, and after six months, a 360-degree feedback session to learn more about how they appear to others.
We provide a workplace with all life’s essentials.
Top performance from our employees is only possible when there is a balance between work, life, and family. We are experts in mobile working, coaching, childcare, healthcare, and parental leave. Across the Deutsche Telekom group, we are considered a best practice example for our successful personnel strategy and are proud to have received numerous awards for this.
We look for proven and new opportunities to support the needs of our employees in all areas of their lives. As a best practice company in Austria, we are partners of the initiative “Companies for Families” by the Federal Ministry of Family and Youth. We share one goal: Making the compatibility of family and career the norm.
We are especially proud that our efforts for a work-life balance were recognised by the Ministry of Family with the state award of “Family-friendly Company” in 2017. This was facilitated by a wide variety of measures.
In our company, mobile working is as much a part of everyday working life as support during and after parental leave. Appreciating our employees who take leave for family reasons or further education goes without saying at T-Mobile. The “Stay in contacT” initiative allows employees to remain connected to the company during parental leave. Through regular meetings and access to the Intranet, our employees on leave are able to stay connected. This initiative was awarded the Deutsche Telekom Award for “Most Successful Gender Diversity Initiative” for providing a model for a successfully implemented diversity programme.
Coaching offered by our partner consentiv can be used for both professional and private issues. Through cooperation with “Besser Betreut GmbH”, employees have access to the largest database for care services in the German-speaking world: Childminders, babysitters, domestic help, or eldercare are offered throughout Austria.
Company creche since 2004
Since 2004, an important component for supporting the families of employees has been nurseries for 1 to 3-year-olds, as well as several children’ groups for 3 to 6-year-olds at the company creche in the T-Center, which is competently run by the Viennese Kinderfreunde organisation. Care is also offered for children of school age during the school holidays.
This is underlined by numerous prizes and awards, such as “Golden Career’s Best Recruiter”, the Uniforce Certificate for “Best Internship 2012”, and the special “Employer Branding” prize at the state KNEWLEDGE Awards in 2012.
Everything that applies to our customer relations is also our standard for employee relations. The many years of loyalty from our employees are worth more than any award: The main evidence for this is that we are able to fill half of all advertised positions internally. And the continuing decline in our fluctuation rate, which has fallen from around 17% since 2014 to 10% in 2016.
Apprenticeships that have earned the national seal of approval.
Our apprentices are characterised by reliability, commitment, and passion for our customers and their jobs. As the leading national mobile communications company, we created an apprenticeship initiative in 2006 and introduced a focus on telecommunications.
In the 11 years since the founding of its special apprenticeship programme, T-Mobile has taken on around 190 apprentices. Four fifths of these remained loyal to the company after finishing their training. That is why we have already been the proud bearers of a state award for Best-Practice Training Organisation since 2012. This was awarded to us by the Federal Ministry for Science, Family, and Youth. In this way, the role of T-Mobile as an important catalyst for the Austria economy is gaining recognition.
The apprenticeship programme in Retail Sales can be undertaken in one of the T-Mobile shops, while the Office Administration programme is available at the Customer Service centre at our Vienna headquarters and in Graz. Our newcomers are welcomed on our traditional “Welcome Day”.
During the 3-year apprenticeship, young people are also supported by around 90 employees from the Shop and Customer Service departments. Shop managers are also given appropriate training to fulfil their responsibilities as apprentice trainers.
Training positions for young refugees who have come to Austria without their families are a fixed part of our apprenticeship programme. To help these young people become successfully integrated in Austria and in the training institution, they have to undertake an individual preparation programme lasting several months as part of our lobby.16 programme before beginning their apprenticeship (more information on this can be found in the Society chapter). To date, around 20 young people have been able to establish new prospects for their lives in Austria since 2010.
“Fast Track" gives young talent the opportunity to forge a career.
Anyone who aspires to an international career at T-Mobile is in good hands with the group-wide “Talent Spaces” talent programme. Since 2016, this also includes our new “Fast Track” programme: As part of this programme, young talented individuals are trained by our Human Resources department and receive mentoring by experienced managers for future careers in management. In addition to classic MBA modules, the programme also features exciting, real challenges to help our talent grow.
“Fast Track” is a further development of the “Future Generation” HR programme, which was created in 2009. The programme is based around a classic MBA curriculum and covers all essential management roles. One special new feature is “job visiting”. Here, participants gain practical knowledge from the fields of operative and strategic management, finance, personnel management, and self-organisation. The practical skills they learn here are then further developed in special seminars.
Experienced managers as mentors
One fixed element of the programme is personal mentoring by an experienced member of management, who is available to advise and assist the talent. By working on real tasks, training and mentoring are hands-on and experiences from the projects are directly applied. In September 2017, the second generation of future talents was launched.
Training will always be a life-long task – for employers as well as employees. We also offer ongoing training opportunities for our management team so that they can continually bring their skills up to date. This offer applies to both department directors and members of executive management: Learning is key at T-Mobile.
At T-Mobile, e-learning is an important tool for continuous training, from data protection and sales training to regular compliance training sessions. Currently, our user rate is at 100%: Every employee at T-Mobile completes an online course at our T-Academy at least once a year. The most frequent users are within customer-facing departments such as Sales, Service, and Technology.
Recognising valuable capabilities where they are not immediately seen.
Intellectual giftedness, autism, Savant syndrome. We aspire to take the uncertainty out of these terms and carve out opportunities both for those affected and for companies. T-Mobile supports the “Specialisterne” project to help specially gifted people enter the job market and to make this commitment easier for both sides.
Around 1% of people live with a so-called autistic spectrum disorder. This means that roughly 11,000 people are affected by autism in Vienna, including 3,500 who have been diagnosed with “Asperger’s syndrome” – people who are especially gifted in quickly recognising patterns and structures, but often experience difficulties in social contexts. 80% of those with Asperger’s syndrome are unemployed, even though they have a normal to high level of intelligence.
The Specialisterne association has set itself the objective of transforming this supposed weakness into strengths in solving difficult tasks.
The international initiative, which was founded by a Danish father of a boy with Asperger’s syndrome, works on qualifying and employing people on the autistic spectrum by uniting their special talents with the specific requirements of companies. Since autumn 2015 and as part of its first project with the initiative, T-Mobile has employed four people with Asperger’s syndrome as data analysts in very challenging fields. Specialisterne supports both sides in successfully shaping the work relationship and social contacts within the company and helps with training and fostering understanding. We are proud to be one of the first companies in Austria to meet this challenge.
Our employees’ health determines the quality of our work.
From health check-ups, medical care, and health days to gymnastics and fitness offers, T-Mobile Austria has put many health measures into place for its employees. These range from free health check-ups, eye tests, anonymous consultations, and vaccination services to gymnastics classes in the T-Center.
Our Fit & Active programme includes numerous motivational measures to encourage employees to look after their health. Since 2016, teams at T-Mobile Austria take part annually in the “Global Challenge” fitness campaign. For this, they set off on a (virtual) 100-day journey around the globe and collect all the steps that they have walked with other team members within this time period – in a peaceful competition with 50,000 teams from all over the world. It is not just the top teams that win: Every extra step contributes to everyone’s own personal fitness.
For three years, Austria has been involved in the national cycling campaign “Cycle to Work”. Not only does this improve the CO₂ balance at T-Mobile Austria, but it also improves the fitness of our employees. This is joined by further initiatives, such as participation in the “Business Run” and “Fairness Run” running events.
Additionally, an occupational health practitioner and organisational psychologist are available for consultations. Since 2012, we have been working with the OHSAS 18001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System to prevent potential risks for our employees and successfully develop their capabilities.
A highlight here is the annual health fair which provides information on many health deals and offers attendees the chance to try out various sports.
We cooperate with our partner Vamed to organise a health fair where all employees can receive an examination, massage, and information anonymously and free of charge. There is also space for talks on health, nutrition, vaccinations, and more. For these, we invite international experts to speak and also organise tastings.
In 2018, the focus of this internal event was on healthy nutrition: Throughout the course of this, employees were shown various techniques to eat healthy and not be fooled by misleading food advertising.
Via our partner consentiv, we provide our employees with free coaching for offering counselling on personal as well as career-related issues. We support the Red Cross several times a year by organising internal blood drives – this also presents an opportunity to raise awareness for healthy living.
And an essential part of personal health is simply being in a good mood. We believe that your mood can be trained: Our Happyness Coaches are trained in special seminars to help our colleagues to get through the working day in good spirits.
We need more women in management.
A miss is as good as a mile. At the end of 2014, we thought we had already achieved our self-imposed goal of 30% female management by the end of 2015. In the following years, however, we failed in this endeavour, but we are sticking to our goal. It goes without saying that at T-Mobile, we provide equal pay for equal work: And this is confirmed by our income report.
Unfortunately, our ambitious plan – to exceed the self-imposed 30% proportion of women in management in accordance with our parent company Deutsche Telekom – has not yet been fulfilled. In 2014, we were almost there with 29.2%. However, the rate dropped to 24.6% last year.
We want to break down gender roles, overcome stereotypes, and open up glass ceilings. To achieve our ambitious objective in the near future, we are intensifying our efforts and introducing a number of measures. These include training in career development for women, participation in the Viennese “Töchtertag” (Daughters’ Day), and gender workshops for management.
Progress in increasing our share of women in management requires fair remuneration. The most important aspect here is equal pay for equal work: Our income report confirms that T-Mobile is an equal payer. As our company is within a technical industry with a traditionally high proportion of male employees, this objective faces particular challenges.
Our income report for 2016 shows that based on hourly pay, just three areas display a difference in favour of women, while in three other usage groups, the average salary for women is higher than that for men. Overall at T-Mobile, people receive the same pay for the same work.
The T-Center, an architectural landmark and point of focus in the Neu Marx urban development area.
The T-Center in the urban development area of Neu Marx is an office building unlike most others. Buildings of the same quality are rare, even in international architecture. The headquarters of T-Mobile Austria and our sister company T-System were designed by a trio of architects, Günther Domenig, Herman Eisenköck, and Herfried Peyker, and characterise Vienna’s gateway to the east.
Designed by the planning team of Graz architectural firm Architektur Consult ZT GmbH, the building has a total floor area of 134,000m². The striking architecture of the T-Center designed by architect Günther Domenig has attracted attention in Austria and beyond in the past few years. In 2006, the building was awarded the Austrian State Prize for Architecture. In addition to numerous commendations, the T-Center has also set several records: the largest private construction project in Austria, a record building time of 26 months, and during construction, 1,200 people continually worked on the record-breaking construction site.
Guided tours are also offered in the T-Center for those interested in architecture. These tours consist of a presentation on the architecture and a tour through various parts of the building with explanations on the background of the architecture and the construction/office strategy. 15 to 25 people can be accommodated in a single tour. For guided tours of the T-Center, please contact Architekturzentrum Wien.