Best practice of Mimer, Sweden
In 2016, Mimer (Sweden) participated in the contest ‘Great Place to Work’ and took an honorable 4th place in Sweden and 18th place in Europe for mid-size companies. In 2017 and 2018, they were 3rd and 7th place in Sweden respectively. The Human Resources (HR) department has been focusing on the following areas:
Company values are deeply embedded in Mimer’s everyday work and these values are also used to determine wages based upon how well co-workers can incorporate them in everyday work. The HR department, together with the management team, created conditions for how to develop values and also how to use them when recruiting.
Every year, all co-workers have the opportunity to take part in a process in which they can highlight skills mismatches in their work unit. They then close the gap by creating a plan of action. During this process, all co-workers can contribute with their talents and improve their skills.
After the competence map is set, the employees and managers determine their present situation. It is then easy to see which skills gaps exist. Based on a prioritization matrix and an action plan, the skills gaps will be closed in the right order. In the process, each employee has the opportunity to share what skills they are passionate about, and will be given the possibility to develop the skills if there is a competence gap.
Diversity and inclusivity
Mimer is for everyone; an important cornerstone is diversity and inclusion. All employees of the company work with the view that all people are equal. Mimer have formed a Diversity Group with 10 employees to manage challenges and issues in a common way.
The employees have paid time to work with activities for refugees like playing football and visiting various events together. Employees also get the opportunity to invite newly-arrived families to dinner through an initiative called ‘Invitationsdepartementet’. The newly-arrived families who move into one of Mimer’s properties will also undergo training on how to live in a rented flat in Sweden.
Work-life balance is key: it is important both for health and engagement at work. Mimer offers all employees a health and lifestyle analysis. The analysis is then discussed with a health coach. Goals connected to health are created and the company sponsors the coworkers’ activities to support them to reach their health goals.
Find out more
To find out more on this initiative, please do not hesitate to contact Mimer’s Coordinator through the Members Only Zone.