Employee development ASSA ABLOY provides a work environment where people can make a difference; employees have the freedom to act and to be accountable for their actions. ASSA ABLOY prioritizes employees’ professional development, and attracting and retaining the employees needed for continued success. Senior leadership programs ASSA ABLOY runs two global development programs each year for selected senior managers: The "MMT" Program – specifically addresses ASSA ABLOY’s strategy, focusing on its business and operations. This program creates a network of colleagues from other countries and businesses to share best practices and identify new opportunities. The MMT is an important integration tool which is of particular importance to ASSA ABLOY given the frequency of acquisitions. The IMD “Boosting Market Leadership Program” has the primary objective of supporting the implementation of the Group’s strategy. This program builds passionate, business-minded leaders in line with ASSA ABLOY's ambitions. The program was launched in 2011, replacing an earlier ASSA ABLOY-IMD program. In 2015, 93 (91) ASSA ABLOY managers participated in one of these two programs. Employee development programs During 2015 the Group launched two global initiatives to support staff in their professional development. In My Shoes, which provides the opportunity for the individual employee to shadow a colleague in a similar position. Live My Life, which allows two employees in the same organization to swap positions for a day. Live My Life was particularly appreciated in the Americas, where divisional managers spent time with customer service representatives to gain a unique and mutually beneficial insight into different parts of the business. Job posting ASSA ABLOY’s philosophy is that each employee is in charge of his or her professional career. Job openings are therefore posted on the Group intranet for employees to apply for. Internal candidates are given priority, provided they have comparable qualifications to those of external candidates.