The central tool for gathering ideas in Germany is the "Idea Room", which is run by HOCHTIEF Ideas Management. This platform allows employees to directly submit their suggestions online. A network of topic managers and experts handle the evaluation and implementation of ideas. The ideas are also transparently evaluated on the Intranet platform. The best ideas are honored with financial rewards by a jury on an annual basis.

We deliberately gave the term "idea" a very broad definition, so that we have three types of idea:

  • Suggestion for improvement
    A suggestion as to how an existing, operations-related situation can be improved to the benefit of our clients, the company and the employees.
  • Best Practice idea
    A solution that has already been implemented or approved for implementation that could also be of interest to other employees. Best Practice ideas are disseminated at HOCHTIEF by being posted in the Ideas Room (and, where appropriate, through other implementation measures). This is very important for our company because, owing to our project business, employees are highly decentralized.
  • New business idea
    A suggestion as to how, building on its existing strengths, HOCHTIEF can open up new, innovative areas of business.

Ideas Workshop

On-site events where Ideas Management request and gathers suggestions in person on-site at the projects provide an important complement to the digital Ideas Room. In the Ideas Workshops, the Ideas Management team discusses with project teams or with a branch what could be valuable improvements, how these are forwarded to the right contacts and how they can be realized in the end.

Turner Learning Tree

Turner Learning Tree The Turner Learning Tree operated by our U.S. subsidiary is a web-based knowledge management platform used by employees to share their best-practice solutions. The tool also encourages participation in an Improvement Forum where questions can be asked and answered by users directly online and ideas for improvement shared. The platform is accessible via smart phones, tablets, and computers. This gives every Turner employee the ability to instantaneously reach out and connect with experts and share their suggestions.