Americans transferring to jobs in Germany are usually confronted with a major cultural difference their first weekend. Not familiar with the culture, they plan to go shopping on the weekend. Hopefully, they get everything they need on Saturday, because how would they know that most stores are closed in Germany on Sundays? To help international employees understand new cultures, a group of SAP employees created the Cultures@SAP employee network back in 2006. "Our network was set up by employees for employees to help them better integrate into their new cultural environment," says Masoumeh Moghaddam, software developer and volunteer member of the core team of Cultures@SAP. While the HR department at SAP helps new employees manage the various legal and logistical formalities of an international move, the network offers film evenings, breakfast get-togethers, national holidays, and intercultural events where newcomers can quickly get to know people and help them integrate on a more personal level. While the network receives some funding from SAP, it is by definition a grassroots organization and operates independently.
As the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP helps organizations of all sizes and industries overcome the complexities of our businesses, our jobs, and our lives. The nearly 15,500 employees at SAP's global headquarters in Walldorf in Baden-Württemberg represent approximately 80 different nationalities. With 300,000 customers in 190 countries, our company reach is global. It is this history of diversity and inclusivity that has driven SAP's success - and proof of the power of collaboration. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to work together in harmony and find strength in different approaches to face challenges and find solutions together.
Celebrating its 10th year in 2016, the Cultures@SAP network continues to be just one of the ways SAP helps newcomers feel comfortable in a working environment that nourishes creativity and self-development and rewards with high levels of personal accountability and flexibility. Thanks to adjustable working hours, telecommuting, career coaching, job rotation, employees can actively shape their work environment. Such flexibility and independence is a significant factor in increasing employee satisfaction, which was reflected in a recent global People Survey that reported 91% of employees are proud to work at SAP. All of our employees have one important thing in common: a focus on a singular purpose that inspires us every day, which is to help the world run better and improve people's lives.