Navigating Workforce Transitions at Philips: Strategies for Employee Well-being and Stakeholder Collaboration in Times of Change

April 18, 2024

During this Vision Dinner, Karin Middelburg, VP HR Europe at Philips, will reflect on the process and results of the work-to-work initiative. Karin is keen to hear your feedback on her approach. She looks forward to learn how you work together with stakeholders, and how to balance internal and external communications during complex transitions. You are most welcome to join this discussion!

  • Small-scale peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule

Karin Middelburg, Philips

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Karin Middelburg

Vice President Human Resources Europe

Karin Middelburg has been working as an international Human Resources professional for over 25 years. After holding several positions in Asia and Europe, she works at Philips since 2017, and since the summer of 2023, she is the VP HR Europe.



For Philips, employee centricity is a key point in its HR strategy. In early 2023, Philips faced a significant cost saving challenge, possibly affecting over 8000 positions around the globe. Philips in the Netherlands started an initiative for impacted employees with their ‘from work-to-work’ trajectory. This was designed to go beyond the traditional aspects of employee support and ensure the fastest way for people to become employed elsewhere again. Philips co-created a platform connecting its employees with recruiters from various companies, especially but not exclusively, from the Brainport region. The Central Social Plan also had other aspects in it ranging from financial information sessions to training and coaching support. To do so, strong stakeholder management was needed to collaborate with work councils and trade unions. Besides, it was a challenge to communicate the right messages at the right time to employees.


Location: Utrecht area

17:30 | Start program (including presentation, discussion and a 3-course dinner)
20:30 | End of formal program, opportunity for informal networking


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