EDPR, which is home to three different generations, has currently presence in 12 markets and is constantly adapting to the changing business reality. Its HR policies are based on the Business Plan Achievements and actions focused on active listening its employees. EDPR has launched different initiatives along 2017 resulting on different tools to be a more human company.
A customized value proposition is offered to the employees throughout their employee journey, which allows them to join a multinational team and grow with it. The most relevant initiatives launched in 2017 are based on flexibility, efficiency, transparency and development.
EDPR has an ongoing commitment to seek new HR initiatives, programs and measures and it is essential to practice active listening by hearing employees’ opinions, viewpoints and needs and work upon them. With the 2016 Climate survey and the active participation of all employees, an Action plan was developed with the main objective of turning EDPR a greater place to work. As a result, new initiatives, programs and activities were launched during the year of 2017.
With the 5 main pillars in mind (1. Work, Structure & Process; 2. Performance Management; 3. Authority & Empowerment; 4. Collaboration/Communication; 5. Flexibility & Work Life Balance), 82% of those planned actions have already been implemented and completed.
In this context, EDPR measures in an annual basis two dimensions as main global metrics of organizational climate: engagement, which refers to employees’ level of commitment and motivation, and enablement, which concerns their perception of organizational support. For the following year, with the measures and actions executed in 2016 and 2017, EDPR has defined a target of increasing 2.5% the engagement and enablement of its employees.
At EDPR, we strive to attract and retain professionals who seek to excel in their work in order to position the company as the “the first choice for employees” in the labor market. In this sense, EDPR launches some activities on an ongoing basis to strengthen its image as a leading employer. Some of those initiatives are Job fairs and Universities visits which gives EDPR visibility to different generations. During 2017, EDPR welcomed 259 employees, of whom 32% women. The average age of new hires was 31 years old. 71% of the total hires correspond to levels of Specialists and Technicians, of which 67% have University degree and above. 91% of the hires in 2017 were allocated in permanent positions and EDPR counted with 24 different nationalities among that group. Furthermore, 102 internships were offered, of which 11% were translated into new hires.
In EDPR, non-discrimination and equal opportunities are enshrined during all the selection processes. This is reflected in the Code of Ethics, which contains specific clauses on non-discrimination and equal opportunities, in line with the company’s culture of diversity. Regarding the respect for human and labor rights.
INTEGRATING NEW EMPLOYEES
The Welcome and Integration initiatives are activities that aim to:
Among the initiatives to integrate new staff, EDPR includes an Onboarding Kit with general information about the company and helpful contacts and a Welcome Day. The Welcome Day is a three-days event which helps new hires to reach the goals mentioned previously with different activities, such as a visit a windfarm or a remote dispatch center.
Part of EDPR value proposition is a competitive remuneration package, aligned with the best practices in the market. EDPR Compensation Package includes (i) an Annual Base Salary and (ii) a Variable Pay depending on the achievements of individual, area and company KPIs, and also an (iii) above market practice benefits package such as Health Insurance or Pension Plan.
The Remuneration package is not static, which means that it evolves at the same pace of employees’ needs and concerns as well as the business. In 2017, the Human Resources Department has focused on analyzing the life-cycle status of EDPR employees (by generation, personal situation – meaning with or without children) in order to offer a tailor-made Benefits Package, with an individualized approach from a communication perspective.
With the aim of delivering excellent results and meeting deadlines, EDPR employees need to be flexible and highly responsible on their daily routine. Around this dynamic, EDPR has designed Work Smarter de EDPR a Code that includes a set of guidelines to work efficiently by maximizing the time efficiency of each daily tasks. These tasks are mainly regarding work organization, email & phone and meetings.
Additionally, different initiatives have taken place during the year in order to involve employees around this new way of working. Some of the initiatives were placing inspiring sentences and clocks in the meeting rooms to remind that time is gold.
EDPR believes that Work Life Balance (WLB) must be a shared responsibility and its practices have been awarded for seven years now the Responsible Family Employer Certification (EFR – Empresa Familiarmente Responsable) by Spain’s Fundación MásFamilia. To continue this achievement, it is important to have a constant improvement on the measures in order to provide the most suitable and updated benefits to employees. The offered benefits include different areas, such as, Maternity/Paternity Leave, Kindergarten allowance, Dependent Allowance, Flexible working hours as well as several actions thinking about savings and future, mobility and communication.
Along 2017, the following benefits were launched for the first time:
EDPR is committed to the development of its employees, offering them an attractive professional career and aligning their capabilities and skills with the current and future needs of the company. The growth and development of the Group’s business has led EDPR able to invest in the employees by discovering, improving and emphasizing the potential of each, which can contribute to the value creation. EDPR objective is to create opportunities for its employees through mobility and development actions to boost the employees aptitudes. The HR strategy supports different initiatives to give them visibility and foster their professional development inside the company.
Vacant positions are advertised internally as a result, 71% of new Directors have been hired internally in 2017. The cornerstones of development at EDPR are Mobility & Training and Development Programs.
EDPR considers mobility, both functional and geographical, as a human resources management tool that contributes to the organizational development. It is considered internally as a way of stimulating employees’ motivation, skills, productivity and personal fulfilment. The mobility processes within EDPR aim to respond to the different challenges and needs of the Group, taking into account the particular characteristics of the different geographies.
TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
The employees’ development is a strategic target for EDPR. That is why a job-specific ongoing training opportunities are offer with the purpose of contributing towards the enhance of knowledge and skills, as well as specific development programs aligned with the company’s strategy.
The 360 potential appraisal process is created for all employees with the objective of defining each person training needs along with their manager, being the main foundation to define a customized Training Plan.
The Training Plan consists of up to two courses from the Renewable Energy School – EDP University, one Technical, Management or Behavioral training course, optional languages courses and others from free election which are seen as important for the improvement of the employee. The differentiation point about EDP University’s courses is that usually contains subjects to promote the development of the skills needed to ensure the sustainability of EDPR’s business across all the markets where the company is present. Here, the networking and the share of best practices within EDP tutors and participants are unreplaceable experiences.
Furthermore, in order to support the company’s growth, aligning current and future organizational demands with employees’ capabilities, as well as to enhance their professional development, EDPR has designed development programs for middle management, with the goal of providing them with the proper tools to take on new responsibilities.
During 2017, EDPR carried with the Coaching Program which are sessions given to middle management to fine-tune their skills with the support of internal directors.
With the total of:
All these measures and commitment with the employee’ well-being were recognize by Great Place to Work as EDPR was once again ranked as one of the 50 best companies to work in Spain and Poland. EDPR believes that motivated workforce aligned with the company’s strategy is one of the key drivers behind the ability to deliver results.