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Employee opinion survey 2014

Orkla employees are proud of their workplace

Employee opinion survey 2014

In February this year, an employee opinion survey was conducted for the entire Orkla Group. The results show that Orkla employees like their workplace and are proud of working for a leading branded consumer goods company.

“I would like to thank all our employees for their valuable contributions to the survey. It is gratifying to see the high level of employee engagement. This gives us important insight into ways in which Orkla can improve, both at Group level and in the individual business units” says President and CEO Peter A. Ruzicka.

“Employee participation in the survey was very good throughout the Group. A total of 89 per cent of the employees participated, which means highly representative, reliable results. This gives the different businesses a good starting point for identifying areas for improvement and taking relevant action to ensure profitable development and growth,” says Christine H. Penne, the survey project manager.

Important insight

The survey and questions are based on categories which are considered to be central for the Group’s development and for good business operations. All data are now analyzed, and, in several areas, Orkla achieves considerably better results than those obtained in similar surveys in comparable companies. The survey shows that 84 per cent of employees are proud to work for an Orkla company. Moreover, the vast majority feel that they have influence on their work and are willing to make an extra effort for the company.

In certain categories, however, there is room for improvement. Among other things, the survey findings indicate that goals and strategies can be communicated more effectively to highlight the link between the work of individual employees and the company’s overarching goals. The aggregate results hide a number of variations. For that reason, it will be important in the follow-up process to delve into the details and implement improvements locally.

Creating a dialogue

“It’s important that we communicate the results back to both management and the other employees. The survey should be seen as a dialogue between the employees and the company,” says the project manager. The opinion poll that has now been carried out is a valuable tool to achieve improvement, and the survey findings will be used as the basis for concrete actions and measures.

“In this context, it is important that the positive workplace conditions are preserved and maintained,” stresses Christine H. Penne.