High job satisfaction and a fast paceA good working environment is about much more than physical safety. In 2007, DONG Energy conducted its first employee survey that takes the pulse of the workplace. A questionnaire was distributed to all DONG Energy’s employees, and 80 pct. responded.One of the most important results was that job satisfaction and loyalty scored highly, on a par with other large Danish companies against which we benchmark ourselves. We are very pleased with that result, especially bearing in mind that DONG Energy was formed recently by integration of six companies. Many mergers fail precisely because the employees never quite get to a point where they feel loyalty towards the new organisation.However, the employee survey also reflected the fact that the integration process was hard work. The employees rated the work pressure as extremely high – and far higher than in the benchmark companies. We do not consider that to be sustainable in the long run.
The employee survey is a tool for ongoing evaluation and improvement. By the end of 2007, all DONG Energy’s managers had prepared action plans for follow-up on the employee survey. At the end of 2008, we will repeat the survey and evaluate the development.