“Under the motto “On the way to digitization “, Silvia Bechtold, Vice President of the Federal Administration Office (BVA), presented a lecture on April 26 at the Hochschule Fresenius in Cologne. Dr. Hüseyin Özdemir, Dean of Human Resources Management (M.A.), organized the guest lecture for students of all faculties in order to gain insights into one of the most important higher federal authorities in Germany.
In her speech, Ms Bechtold pointed out that Germany has a lot of catching up to do in digitalization. If, therefore, one wants to be a pioneer as a federal institution, the will to change must be made clear in all areas and also lived by the leadership. But how do you deal with preparing workers to automate processes? According to the speaker, the technology behind the processes is the simple workspace. It is difficult in comparison to take people with their possible fears and concerns. Here, the expertise of business psychologists is required, which include both psychology and digitization in their field of expertise.
Fundamental aspects of future-oriented work are communication, social networking, cooperation, diversity, competence and work organization. When it comes to guiding people, it is important to have an important core competence: the ability to listen. Silvia Bechtold clarified: “You have to keep the framework in order to make a difference.” To be able to reduce oneself and give employees the space to introduce and discuss ideas is important – as Machiavelli once explained: “Those who want others to tell them what they know, should tell themselves what they know. The best way to get information is to give information.”
At the end of the guest lecture, it became clear that Germany’s digital transformation demands complex changes in companies of all kinds. Above all, humanity should be in the foreground, which is the greatest resource in the present as well as in the future.” (Source: Hochschule Fresenius, Cologne)