Changing Sides During "Future Day" At Geistlich Pharma
National "Future Day" was a busy time at Geistlich Pharma again this year. Around twenty girls and boys accompanied their parents to work on 9th November. In keeping with the slogan of “changing sides”, the children learned about gender-atypical careers and work areas. The highlight of the day offered something for everyone: going to the cleanroom visitors’ area and getting dressed up in genuine cleanroom suits was a good way of relaxing and having fun.
The National Future Day has become an annual tradition at Geistlich Pharma and is a well-attended event for employees and their children. This was the seventh time that the Swiss family firm had opened its doors to children aged between 10 and 13 at its sites in Wolhusen and Root in Central Switzerland. In keeping with the slogan “changing sides”, the girls and boys were put into groups to find out about non-traditional careers. These activities gave the children an opportunity to learn by getting stuck in: the girls were fearless at driving a forklift truck in logistics, while the boys used their finesse working on digital image processing as graphic designers. In TechOps the groups also carried out visual inspections of the bone graft substitute Geistlich Bio-Oss® and turned into dental surgeons working with the Geistlich Bio-Oss® pen applicator and Geistlich Bio-Gide® collagen membrane. Kitted out in genuine cleanroom suits, the children awaited the highlight of the day: spending some time in the cleanroom visitor area.
The mix is what it’s all about
In addition to its head office in Switzerland, Geistlich Pharma has ten subsidiaries around the world. Employees of different nationalities work for this specialist firm in the field of regenerative medicine. Both genders are equally represented in non-traditional careers. Ursula Drews, Head of Corporate Human Resources at Geistlich Pharma, says: “Our employees have a balanced mix of specialist and interpersonal skills. What makes them stand out is their willingness to develop both professionally and personally, set themselves new challenges and produce the best performance in a solution-oriented way – all done with enthusiasm and fun. These attributes can be found whatever their position, nationality, age or gender. They have a great influence on the cooperation and stability within our teams. It’s all down to having the right mix. That’s our secret recipe.”