We value every single one of our colleagues and recognise that the success of our business is built on the efforts and achievements of the workforce as a whole. The number of colleagues able to directly benefit from our success grew again during the last financial year, and there are now 111 shareholders working for the Group.
Training and development
We are committed to providing a useful and engaging onboarding process for all new colleagues. Each new joiner attends a two-day onboarding programme in Berlin, including a welcome dinner, and is assigned a buddy for their first four months as a Sirius colleague.
Similarly, we are committed to providing ongoing personal and professional opportunities for all our people. Each colleague has regular performance appraisals and is encouraged to attend the many training programmes on offer. 14% of the workforce have comprehensive personal development plans to help them actualise more of their true potential and capitalise on their existing skills and capabilities.
The Sirius Akademie internal training programme offers training for key colleagues across a range of topics including communication, finance and facility management. In the last 12 months 681 delegate days of training have been received. The Akademie held courses in topics ranging from sales processes to property management, P&L management, professional development, communication, healthcare, self-awareness and self defence.
In addition, two leadership programmes, each with 25 managers participating, took place during the last financial year. Personal development is encouraged and we have an in- house language programme offering both English and German language lessons to managers and colleagues and where appropriate for the business will sponsor additional learning initiatives for long-standing colleagues.
Employee wellbeing and engagement
The mental and physical wellbeing of colleagues is of critical importance to Sirius. During the Covid-19 outbreak we took all steps necessary to ensure the safety of our people including transitioning all of the workforce to remote working where possible.
Colleagues continue to benefit from our flexible work policy and if required are able to optimise and adjust their workstations to support their physical health. Regular sport and relaxation events are hosted including beach volleyball, running and weekly yoga classes held at the head office.
We carry out an annual employee engagement survey and are committed to communicating the findings to colleagues and acting on the feedback. In 2019, over 85% of colleagues participated in the colleague survey, and both Chairman Danny Kitchen and CEO Andrew Coombs held a series of active engagement sessions across Germany involving the majority of colleagues. All the feedback received through the survey and the subsequent roadshow has been acted upon.
When the communities local to our business parks thrive, Sirius thrives too. We take great pride in supporting the communities in which we operate and take seriously our responsibility as a local employer and good neighbour.
We take pride in undertaking events and sponsoring programmes providing for sporting events and contributing to local charities. In 2019, we supported charities across Germany from small regional organisations to larger national organisations. The approach to charity work continues to put our colleagues’ personal causes and experiences at the heart of the work that is undertaken. This ensures a deep commitment to the charities that the business supports.
During the reporting period, colleagues voted on the three charities to which they wanted to donate. These were the social enterprise Students for Tanzania Exchange Programs Africa (STEP Africa), the association for seriously ill children and adolescents Herzenswünsche e.V., and the animal shelter Tierheim. The money raised for these charities was then doubled by the members of the Senior Management Team.
We also supported campaigns for organ and blood donations, as well as supporting blood cancer charity DKMS. Another initiative was the “Christmas in a Shoebox” appeal, where Sirius colleagues packed and donated shoeboxes full of gifts for children in need around the world.