Personnel matters

According to the results of the personnel survey, VR Group’s personnel are excited about their work, have noticed improvements in the work of supervisors and think that the level of occupational safety is good. In 2015, there were discussions with personnel on what sort of a workplace VR Group is, how personnel should interact with others and what sorts of values guide everyday activities. The results of the discussions provided new viewpoints for the development of working methods, which traditionally has been done with personnel surveys.

The matter was assessed by inviting personnel to various discussion events around Finland. Personnel were asked how the dialogue between management and personnel as well as various units and business operations could be improved. The events also included discussions on how values guide the activities in everyday situations.

A lot of good practical suggestions were received for developing dialogue between personnel and management, as well as between different units. The values that seem to have been best realised within personnel and in everyday situations are customer-oriented operations, safety and responsibility, and working together. Goal-orientedness and self-renewal were seen as more distant or they were understood in different ways.

The suggestions that were submitted by personnel were reviewed by the Group’s Management Teams in autumn and the ideas are being submitted further.

In 2015, the result of the personnel survey was almost the same as last year. The overall result for the Group was 3.43 (3.42 in 2014, on a scale of 1−5). The results for supervisory work, occupational safety and communications improved. The personnel’s belief in the future of VR Group and their willingness to recommend their job to others decreased, as could be expected after a tough autumn.

Personnel satisfaction did not change in the units as strongly as in the previous year, though there were differences and the situations of the different business operations are different as well.

Successes:

  • Increased excitement for one’s own work.
  • Improved opportunities for coping with work and influencing one’s own work. 
  • Almost 80 per cent of personnel have had a performance review with their supervisor. 
  • In supervisory work, there has been a marked improvement in change communications and coaching-oriented management.

Things that need to be developed:

  • Cooperation between units should be closer and smoother. 
  • The communications between the management and supervisors has improved a little, but trusting the management has not. 
  • Especially young employees hope for better development opportunities. 
  • Supervisory work has developed, but some of the supervisors do not act as they should as supervisors and need support for their supervisory work.

 

Personnel figures (31 December 2015) 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Number of new employment relationships 1) 3) 670 683 718 928 796 664 587 897
Number of employment relationships ended 1)3) 1.389 1.182 1.166 1.840 1.200 997 963 788
Total personnel turnover 1) 3), % 11 9.9 8.5 12.57 8.9 6.8 6.1 6.6
Permanent employees 2) 8.421 9.862 10.274 10.623 11.693 12.059 12.285 12.480
Fixed-term employees 2) 194 119 204 171 95 159 286 336
Number of employees working outside Finland 514 580 531 498 517 452 275 290
Average length of employment relationship 1), years 16 18 19 20 20 21 21 22
Gender breakdown 1)
men, % 82 82 82 83 83 83 84 84
women, % 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 16
Retired 1)
old-age pension 359 408 445 432 501 441 431 274
disability pension 55 55 62 59 88 101 104 102
Sick leave absences 1) % 5 5.4 5.3 5.5 6.3 5.8 5.6 6
Average retirement age 1) 59.1 59.1 58.9 57.5 57.9 57.7 1) 57.8 1) 56.9 1)
1) The figures do not include the foreign operations of VR Track and VR Transpoint.
2) The employment relationships of the personnel in VR Track's and VR Transpoint's foreign operations are given as permanent employment. This is because no information on fixed-term employment relationships has been collected.
3) Since 2015 the figure includes also fixed-term employment relationships.
Person-years per country
Finland 8,101
Sweden 310
Estonia 46
Russia 98
Hungary 60
Gender distribution of personnel
Men:
% portion
Women:
% portion
Personnel:
% personnel
Personnel 82.3 17.7
Regular 82.6 17.4 97.6
Temporary 70.3 29.7 2.4
Full-time 84.1 15.9 94.8
Part-time 50.7 49.3 5.2
Age distribution Amount %
Railroad engineers 1263
-29 148 12%
30-49 819 65%
50- 296 23%
Average age 38.9
Train personnel 860
-29 165 19%
30-49 413 48%
50- 282 33%
Average age 31.6
Gender distribution Amount %
Railroad engineers 1263
Men 1216 96%
Women 47 4%
Train personnel 860
Men 592 69%
Women 268 31%

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