The creation of the Philips University in itself is a great example of raising quality and user friendliness through a central approach of standardization, simplification and innovation, offering world-class learning interventions, supported by one central Learning Management System and accessible through the personalized University Portal.
Over 400 new courses are available including 24 flagship programs on the new Learning Management System. By year-end, all Philips employees with an e-mail account had access to the Philips University, there were close to 2,000 active courses, and some 280,000 enrolments.
As part of our Accelerate! transformation, we are developing our Philips Excellence capabilities globally to deliver faster and better to our customers. Embracing continuous improvement and learning is a fundamental element of our Philips Business System. Philips University underpins our ambition to become operationally excellent by supporting learning and building of Lean capabilities including Continuous Improvement, Change Management, Process Management, Project Management and Performance Management.
The Leadership Academy delivered a simplified and comprehensive system of leadership development initiatives specifically structured to develop a long term leadership pipeline at all levels and across all parts of Philips and to help deliver the business transformation. It significantly boosted the focus on women in leadership, diversity and inclusion via the ‘Next Generation Women’s Leadership’ and ‘Leading Across Cultures’ programs.
The award winning Harvard Manage Mentor leadership suite was also introduced, with more than 9,000 learners registered and more than 17,000 management learning experiences completed.
Transformation and change
In 2014, we continued our commitment to strengthening our leaders’ and our teams’ transformational capabilities to drive change in the organization. As part of this commitment, over 1,400 leading executives have participated in our Accelerate! Leadership Program (ALP) since the start of the program in 2011. In addition to the ALP, the Accelerate! Team Performance (ATP) is a key team effectiveness session designed to accelerate the adoption of new ways of working by addressing behavioral shifts. In 2014 alone, more than 230 teams and 4,000 participants took part in an ATP session, which also reached more than 4,000 employees via viral sessions.
To further enhance team performance, we have continued to build the capability of internal facilitators from the business to deliver our ATP programs. To date, we have trained and certified a total of 80 facilitators, 30 of whom were certified in 2014. We have begun developing a Team Performance Toolkit of simple, accessible tools from the ATP, which managers and team members can apply themselves. This Toolkit will be introduced in 2015.
In The Netherlands a special employment progeram called Werkgelegenheidsplan (WGP) is running. Via this WGP, we offer vulnerable groups of external jobseekers a work experience placement, usually combined with some kind of training. The program started in 1983 and over 12,500 people have participated since. After participating in the program, about 70% find a job. In 2014, Philips employed some 185 persons via the WGP program, including young people with autism who are training to become a test engineer. Of the current group of 8 autistic persons, 6 found a job, and 2 are still working as WGP candidate within Philips.