IRIS has a strong focus on the working environment, and takes a long-term efforts perspective related to the development of the organisation. The working environment must be characterised by employee satisfaction, influence and opportunities for personal development of the individual. Management is to be exercised in a transparent and predictable manner, for the benefit of the employees and IRIS as an organisation. This in turn safeguards the interests of our owners, and equips us to meet the purpose of our business.
The long-term perspective taken with work related to the development of the organisation is reflected in how IRIS conducts and utilises the periodic employee satisfaction surveys. These are conducted every two years; the last one was in 2015. The results of the survey are used in the work for further development at all levels in IRIS, i.e. in research groups, departments and at company level. Since 2013, the surveys have been conducted partially anonymised. This was done for the purpose of being able to detect and uncover trends over time. Some adjustments are made at each time the survey is conducted, partly to see the effect of specific measures that have been implemented, and partly based on the need for measuring new parameters. The overall experience IRIS has acquired with the measures through 2016 will be used in the process of adapting the survey which is to be conducted in 2017. The work environment committee is central to this work. In addition, representatives of the trade unions are informed.
Another important instrument for safeguarding the work environment and ensuring the individual’s well-being and development is the conducting of employee feedback dialogues. Discussions between the employee and their manager are held during the first quarter of each year, with follow-up discussions held in the autumn.
2016 was a year focusing on stabilisation of operations after the restructuring in 2015. There has been some use of temporary lay-offs, but due to the measures that were taken in previous years, in 2016 IRIS had a good balance between the level of activity and its access to human resources.
At the end of the year, IRIS had a total of 195 employees (divided among 175 full-time equivalent positions). The comparison figures for 2015 were a total of 202 employees at the end of the year (divided among 184 full-time equivalent positions). The lower levels is a consequence of retirement and temporary commitments that had concluded. The proportion of foreign employees is 25 percent. Looking at it as a composite group, 23 different nationalities are represented.
During the course of the year, 3 employees completed their doctoral work and obtained a doctorate degree. The number of researchers with doctorates is now 98 (98 in 2015).
The median age at the end of 2016 was 46.