Novus employees around the world are encouraged to support charities and initiatives of their choice with the company matching their donations. In 2016, Novus updated its policy to double the capacity of Novus’s charitable giving. In 2016, almost $100,000 was given by employees and matched by Novus to community causes and charities. In addition, 828 volunteer hours were matched with a financial gift to the cause. This improvement greatly expanded the impact Novus employees made in their communities and the world.
In all Novus global operations, employee health and wellness initiatives, such as lunch programs and fitness challenges, encourage employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Finding and retaining great employees is of upmost importance, and Novus strives to provide both personal and professional development to foster an engaging workplace. In 2016, Novus's global turnover rate decreased by 1 percent compared to 2015 despite hiring more new employees than the previous year.
Novus can again boast an above average safety record in its seven finished goods manufacturing facilities. This is driven by the company’s willingness to go above and beyond required regulations to ensure Novus policies and processes are best in class. In 2016, Novus’s Arkansas manufacturing facility worked toward implementing an even higher level of safety standards by participating in the U.S Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program. This program recognizes employers and workers in private industry who have exemplary safety and health management systems. Only about 100 new sites are certified each year across the country. A final decision on Novus’s certification is expected in early 2017.
In 2016, Novus welcomed over 100 new employees to the company in roles ranging from accounting to technical service. Novus hired more people than 2015, while reducing turnover by 1 percent. Novus aimed to boost the empowerment of these individuals from the very beginning and ensure employees feel welcomed and motivated at the outset of their career with Novus. To accomplish this, a new onboarding process was developed by the Global Human Resources team, informed by feedback from over 100 recently-hired employees, people managers, thought leaders, interns and external consultants. The new process will include elements to encourage engagement and inclusion even before their first day at a Novus office. Global HR achieved their goal of program design in 2016 and plans to begin rollout in 2017.
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