Staff talent and commitment
On 30 September 2016, 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 colleagues working in Africa, South America and Central
We carry out an annual staff engagement survey. Having used the
same People Gauge online survey as last year, it was helpful in
comparing results. This year showed that 34% of staff are actively
engaged (33% last year), 64% engaged (64% last year) and the
remaining 2% as actively disengaged (3% last year).
Overall, there has been a move from actively disengaged to
engaged/actively engaged, particularly in the communication,
feedback and support, and recognition sections, 98.3% of staff
still remain actively engaged or engaged.
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. There
has been a reduction in overall training costs this year. This is
due to some of the courses, particularly those leading to a
qualification (which are more expensive), commencing during the
last financial year and payment being made at that time.
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