We have more than 10,000 employees at RWE npower and our people are vital to the success of our business. The main employment challenges that we face are:
- To attract the right mix of skills, talent and diversity to our business.
- To create a healthy and safe environment.
- To provide our employees with the opportunities, training and motivation they need to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
In order to meet these challenges, it is essential that we make effective use of employee engagement in order to understand the needs of our people and those we wish to attract.
Our internal communications strategy aims to encourage dialogue, discussion and debate in the organisation through a range of channels which are tailored to meet the different needs of our people and support our ‘one company’ ethos.
Our company intranet plays a pivotal role in how we communicate with our employees. In 2012, we developed this further by providing a ‘Your Hub’ access for our field employees, enabling them to access information on the move.
Our award-winning employee magazine, Nu, provides an overview of activities and news stories across the business and is available to view online. Copies are also available at sites and are posted to our remote workers. We have plans to refresh the publication in 2013 to bring greater alignment with our online news channel.
During 2012, we undertook employee research to explore the introduction of an employee recognition scheme. As a result, the Applause scheme was launched at the start of 2013, giving employees an opportunity to put forward colleagues for recognition.
We continued with our ‘Smile’ internal campaign, our loyalty scheme that thanks employees for being an npower customer, with a total of 6,943 employees signing up to the scheme.
We also ran a series of sporting activities at all our sites during the summer, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Employee support of our corporate charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, remains strong and we ran a series of employee events throughout the year, such as 10k runs and a series of Macmillan coffee mornings.