Staff talent and commitment

On 30 September 2015, Shared Interest was employing 37 members of staff, working for Shared Interest Society and Shared Interest Foundation. The majority of these posts are based in the UK. We also have staff based in Africa, South America and Central America.

This year, as in previous years, we sought the views of staff as expressed through an anonymous online survey. We send out a five-point survey twice a year and compare the results for significant changes. This looks at communication, leadership, respect and equitable treatment. This year we worked with the online survey and analysis service, People Gauge which 92% of staff completed.

Shared Interest aims to provide staff with job satisfaction by offering interesting and varied work combined with generous and flexible benefits. Benefits include contributions of 9% into a group personal pension scheme, life assurance cover, income protection cover, a sick pay scheme, maternity, paternity and adoption leave/pay that is more generous than the statutory requirements.  The cost of living, individual performance and an annual salary benchmarking exercise are all taken into account when we review salaries on an annual basis.

Staff have weekly team meetings as well as one-to-one meetings with their line manager. Monthly updates on forthcoming activities in each department are held in the Newcastle office, with minutes sent to all staff. We have a staff forum which liaises with senior management to resolve issues as required.

Shared Interest invests in staff training and development. This year we continued to support training and development throughout the organisation although the number of training days decreased very slightly from last year. Training costs have also reduced. This is mainly due to an increase in the number of in-house training courses being provided for teams, departments or all staff. 

You can read more about staff talent and commitment in Social Accounts.