Investing in employees
Sponda’s employees are characterised by their professional and motivated approach and good team spirit. Since employee wellbeing and expertise are key success factors for Sponda, the company wants to invest in the high-quality training of personnel and good leadership.
The key aspects of the priority are:
- Occupational wellbeing and job satisfaction
- Improving professional expertise
- Internal communications
Why is this a priority?
Appropriate training and good management enable Sponda to achieve its strategic goals. For an expert organisation like Sponda, ensuring employee qualifications and a high level of professional expertise are particularly important. Occupational wellbeing creates a foundation for excellent work performance and work fitness.
Monitoring job satisfaction
Sponda monitors job satisfaction and organisational effectiveness with the help of an annual employee survey. The objective of the employee survey is to analyse employees’ perceptions about their own work, their closest work environment as well as management and leadership. Respondents are also provided with an opportunity to give feedback, talk about their development wishes and participate in the finding of development solutions.
Sponda’s goal in all operations is continuous improvement and learning. Employees are encouraged to adopt an independent and active approach to their work and self-development. The personnel’s training is developed on the basis of Sponda's strategy, customer and stakeholder feedback as well as appraisal discussions. Sponda organises common training programmes for the personnel and offers the opportunity to participate in training outside the company.
Personnel development is guided by customer-orientation. Everyone’s understanding of the connection between their own work and Sponda’s strategy and goals is ensured in appraisal discussions. The progress and achievement of each employee’s personal goals is assessed with the help of appraisal discussions, customer feedback and employee surveys.
Healthcare and support for physical fitness and exercise
Sponda also wants to look after the health of its employees. Sponda's investment in the wellbeing and job satisfaction of its employees includes the provision of extensive and versatile occupational healthcare services, the objective of which is to prevent illnesses and problems resulting from stress and other work-related psychological factors and to support work fitness. The goals also include the prevention and early detection of lifestyle diseases and support for self-care. In addition, Sponda has a special wellbeing programme to support the work fitness of employees who have been in working life for a long time.
Sponda also looks after occupational health and wellbeing by supporting its employees' physical exercise and cultural activities. Employees are also encouraged to adopt environmentally-friendly and sporty commuting habits by offering them the possibility of company bicycles.
Sponda uses an annual remuneration scheme that covers the entire personnel and is based on both the company's common goals and on personal targets set specifically for each employee.
Sponda implemented an employee share programme in the beginning of 2014. Employees have the opportunity to use remuneration earned pursuant to the incentive scheme for the purpose of acquiring merit pay shares and, in addition, receive funds from Sponda to acquire additional shares. The programme is applied for the first time in respect of remuneration earned for the year 2013.
The realisation of equal opportunities is important at Sponda. Sponda's key objective is to ensure that employees do not experience any unequal treatment on the basis of gender, age, religion, health or other such factors. Fair and non-discriminatory treatment applies to the entire employment relationship, from recruitment to termination.