Laura Carr joins as Chief Financial Officer during FY19, and from that date the percentage of female members of our Group Board and Executive Board will change to 37% and 50% respectively.
Invest in our home-grown talent – “develop our people” is one of our business principles – providing training and development opportunities helps us retain talent in the business. We held career days for the first time this year across the entire business, showing colleagues the various career paths open to them within Dunelm.
Living our business principles – all new colleagues receive our “Little Book of House Rules” explaining our principles, which are used in recruitment and appraisals, and embedded into our colleague communications.
Some of the ways we bring our business principles to life include:
- “Housewarming” induction for new starters, to introduce them to us, our products and our way of doing things
- Communication through regular “huddles” (informal team briefings);a weekly topical email; our quarterly Gazette, In touch, and Yammer intranet communications and an annual strategy communication event
- Regular colleague council meetings attended by senior management, enabling colleagues to raise and discuss issues; the outcome is fed back to the Executive Board
- Our “always on” colleague feedback mechanism allows us to act on issues quickly. A number of key concerns affecting colleagues have been identified and addressed this year copies of our policies are available on our Group Policies.