Twice a year, Ulf Schneider exchanges his suit for a white nurse’s coat at a hospital in Bad Homburg, in the central German state of Hesse.
The chief executive of the Fresenius health-care group brings meals to patients and pushes beds from one ward to another to gain an idea of the problems the doctors and nurses working in the large company face every day.
Mr. Schneider, a trained economist, describes hospital work as “very exhausting on a soul level.”
But many of his medical employees believe the boss is making their jobs even more exhausting by piling on more work in search of higher profits.
Throughout Fresenius Helios, the hospital division of the DAX-listed global company, discontent is growing over cost and staff-reduction pressures from the top.