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Development keeps employees and company in shape

Continuous people development is important, both for keeping the business in the top rank and for increasing the individual's employability. In 2005 there was a particular focus on employees' individual development plans.

In 2005 Novozymes carried out a survey of the working climate in the company. All employees were asked 40 questions about job satisfaction, development and management. The results of the survey are being used to identify general areas for improvement and prioritise the development of tools for use by managers and employees. The survey revealed that generally employees are content, believe that they have good development opportunities, and feel that their managers live up to the requirements of Novozymes' seven Leadership Competences.

Sharper focus on Leadership Competences and development plans
According to the survey, feedback from managers and recognition of performance are among the areas with the greatest room for improvement across the organisation. We have therefore chosen to focus particularly on the Leadership Competence 'Take care of people and encourage them to grow'.

More specifically, work is now under way on improving managers' ability to conduct development interviews and to give and receive feedback. In this context we have developed tools and held courses worldwide. An overview of courses and e-learning on Novozymes' Intranet has also been created to give employees and their managers inspiration when organising development processes.

Development at different levels
Individual development plans are one of the cornerstones of our ongoing efforts to develop employees' skills in line with the needs of the business, and to maintain or enhance their employability. These plans are updated annually on the basis of a dialogue between the employee and his or her manager, and are evaluated regularly. Competence development at Novozymes takes place at three different levels: corporate, departmental and individual. 

Popular with students and employees
Our focus on people development was a contributing factor to Novozymes being named the most attractive prospective employer by students in Denmark in 2005. The Student Reputation Analysis 2005 survey of almost 8,000 Danish students, carried out by Reputation Institute and Moment Kommunikation, found that Novozymes had the best reputation of the 86 companies which took part in the survey. The students ranked the companies on the basis of parameters such as sustainable development, capacity for innovation, personal development potential and future career opportunities.

Employees are also very happy with Novozymes as an employer, according to a survey carried out by Great Place to Work Institute in Denmark and the Danish business magazine Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin, which ranked Novozymes the best place to work in Denmark for the second year in a row in 2005 in the category for companies with more than 1,000 employees. Novozymes in North Carolina, USA, was also ranked among the top ten employers in the state by North Carolina Business Magazine in 2005. An overview of awards, rankings and recognitions in 2005 can be found at

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