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Team Talk

The Team Talk is a session held by employees and their disciplinary or lateral supervisor every two years to discuss various aspects of their teamwork.

It is an important component of Bertelsmann’s collaborative corporate culture, because it is a very good way to promote a structured and open dialog between supervisors and their employees, to develop actions and to track the activities carried out within the team following the last Employee Survey. It provides supervisors with feedback on their behavior, helping them to improve their leadership performance.

  • The basis for the Team Talk is a short questionnaire that the employees complete in advance of the talk.
  • This Team Talk guideline contains selected questions from the Employee Survey. This allows for tracking changes since the Employee Survey, as well as the effectiveness of the agreed actions.
  • The results serve as reference points for the talk and can provide inspiration for the discussions. The Team Talk is designed to promote an open, constructive dialog.
  • Participation in the Team Talk is voluntary - and anonymous, because the employees’ feedback is only evaluated if at least 5 employees have participated. However, if all participating team members agree, an evaluation is also made with three responses.
  • The results of the Team Talk remain confidential between the supervisor and team, because a culture of partnership requires mutual understanding and trust. Understanding and trust can only grow through open discussion.

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