The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs honoured the Hamburg-based online games developer InnoGames with the “Success in Diversity” award as one of six German companies. The prize is granted to companies with an exemplary strategy for recruiting international employees and a good welcome culture. Iris Gleicke, Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, presented the award to InnoGames’ co-founder and COO Michael Zillmer in Berlin.
Welcome Culture Needed For International Staff
Gleicke said in her speech: “In order to motivate qualified international employees for a career in Germany, we need a welcome culture that invites and integrates them. Today’s award winners are creating such a welcome culture in an exemplary way. With this investment in diversity they not only strengthen their companies, but also Germany. In the future, our economy will depend on qualified immigration even more. Germany is an attractive location for international employees and their families and we should promote this globally.”
Online Gaming Is International
“At InnoGames we really appreciate this award since it confirms our approach of bringing the best possible employees to Hamburg”, Michael Zillmer said. “Basically, we have two major reasons for our efforts. The first is that we cannot fill all of our openings within a reasonable time if we only relie on the German labour market. The second reason might be more relevant. As our community is very international, with 90 per cent of our players coming from outside of Germany, we believe it is important to have an international staff as well”, Zillmer explains further. With 80 out of 350 of their employees coming from abroad, the international share amongst InnoGames’ employees totals more than 20 per cent, with numbers growing..
Caring From The Very Beginning
In order to make it as easy as possible to join InnoGames, the games developer set up a full package. Amongst many things, it includes the support from a relocation agency who takes care of most of the required paperwork. InnoGames also offers flats close to their office for international employees so they have a place to stay while they search for a flat of their own. In addition, InnoGames changed the office’s language from German to English three years ago, so international colleagues could easily get integrated. Next to this, all InnoGames’ employees benefit from incentives like a free in-office gym as well as free fruit and drinks.
Languages Classes Offered
Additionally, the company offers professional language courses in both English and German. InnoGames wants to expand this offer for the families of international employees with the prize money of 10,000 Euro. “We believe it is important that not only our employees, but also their families feel good in Germany so they want to stay here longer. German language skills will help them in long-term, especially outside of work.”
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