Job satisfaction, leadership and recreational activities

A good and well-led working community can significantly contribute to employee job satisfaction, commitment and inspiration. Fostering a great atmosphere at work is important to Hansel.

Hansel conducts a job satisfaction survey every 18 months in order to assess the well-being of the working community. The job satisfaction level has been good in recent years. In the last measurement in late 2012, Hansel’s occupational well-being received an average score of 3.7 on a scale of 1–5 (3.6 in 2011). The next survey will be conducted in the spring of 2014.

Hansel pays attention to developing managerial work, and measures the outcomes of development efforts. A 360-degree evaluation of leadership practices was conducted at Hansel in 2013, in which each manager carried out a self-evaluation and was assessed by his/her direct subordinates, line manager and closest colleagues. The results were analysed in individual training sessions, on the basis of which personal development plans were drawn up for managers. Company-level management training will be organised to address general leadership issues. Management quality is also assessed as part of the job satisfaction survey.

One way to encourage everyone to pull together is to organise shared activities and events for employees. Hansel encourages all of its personnel to participate in the events organised by the company’s employee club. In 2013, the employee club organised various sports and cultural events, a summer party and the traditional Christmas party. Among other activities, Hansel has its own floorball and football teams taking part in amateur leagues.

Events organised by the personnel club have been very popular, and the club programme is planned and developed in tune with employee wishes. The costs of these events are partially borne by the employer. The total budget for recreation activities in 2013 was €36,000.