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Engaging employees: G4S employee survey shows significant improvements

The international security solutions group, G4S, has published results for their latest employee survey, which indicates a good improvement in employee engagement.

G4s surveyed 625,000 employees, many of them working in remote and hostile conditions. Their security guards work around the world, anywhere from sporting events to Iraq and Afghanistan. This posed a challenge to the logistical side of the survey, but the company did well to overcome this challenge is cooperation with the HR consultancy, ETS.

Sue Pym, G4S employee engagement and brand manager said, “We’re delighted with the results of this year’s survey because having so many remotely-based employees with little or no access to technology is challenging but we’re committed to developing a collaborative working culture.”

The most significant improvement comes from the fact that there has been an increased willingness amongst employees to recommend G4S as an employer to their peers. Job satisfaction has also shown to have increased amongst employees.

Sue Pym added, “We have introduced a number of initiatives to maximise employee engagement since 2009 including a new strategy to provide increased training to develop the skills, knowledge and capability of our front line managers. While this is a global strategy the training is based at a regional and local level to ensure that it is tailored to local needs.”

A survey reveals some men feel discriminated against on gender lines too

The annual Attitudes to Work study conducted by IFF Research shows that 17% of UK workers feel that men and women are not treated the same at work.

The study surveyed 460 employees and came up with some interesting results. Here are some of the opinions held by UK employees:

  • 12% believe men are treated better than women
  • 5% believe women are treated better than men
  • 15% of women believe that men are treated better than women
  • 10% of men believe that they are treated better than women
  • 9% of men believe that women are treated better than men

Joint MD at IFF Research Jan Shury said: “We are seeing a stark gender divide among those who think discrimination exists. What’s even more interesting is the form in which people think discrimination takes place as this also differs greatly between the sexes. Men are seen as having an advantage in remuneration and career progression, whereas women are seen to be ahead in terms of how they are treated at a more personal level.”

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