Our people

1.6 million hours volunteered by employees in 2013

Our employees are a global community of thinkers, inventors, and doers. Numbering approximately 317,5001 worldwide, they keep us ahead in our fast-moving industry, anticipating the future IT needs of business and society.

Supporting our employees’ professional development and personal well-being benefits our business, customers, shareholders, local communities, and society more broadly. We have focused recent engagement efforts on career development, the work environment, recognition and rewards, and fostering pride in our company. Employee feedback shows increasing satisfaction with us, with 71% recommending us as a “great place to work,” up from 60% in 2012.

Engaging our people

When employees are engaged and loyal, companies perform better. We continually invest in improving the experience of working at here, even in a challenging economic environment. We promote engagement through a wide range of programs—efforts that produced significant increases in key measures of employee engagement and satisfaction in 2013. These include:

  • Voice of the Workforce — our annual, confidential survey, revamped to better reflect HP’s business priorities and employee attitudes related to innovation and quality, with 80% of all employees taking part, up from 79% in 2012;
  • HP Pride Builders — our new global network of 2,100 leaders who integrate our HP Way Now culture and make the connection to daily work, including reinforcing positive behaviors and identifying new opportunities to improve business performance.

Building careers

Our success depends on recruiting, developing, and retaining the best people available in our highly competitive industry. When filling new or existing roles, we focus first on our talented internal employee pool. Our businesses also hire interns and college graduates from a wide range of backgrounds. New recruits receive extensive training and ongoing coaching from managers. We aim to provide all employees with access to simple and integrated tools and resources to build their careers at here.

In 2013, we introduced a new career-development model. It puts the employee at the center, providing an interactive, inviting, and integrated experience. Employees can explore their strengths and interests, find roles that fit them best, define their career goals, create a plan to achieve them, and make meaningful career choices. The Career Development @hp landing page received more than 285,300 visitors during 2013, compared to about 125,000 in 2012.

Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

Our global community is one of our great strengths. We employ people with a wide range of skills and interests from different nations, cultures, ethnic groups, generations, and backgrounds.

This diversity helps us to understand customer needs, spark innovation and creativity, and attract and retain talented employees. In 2013, our Employee Resource Groups led more than 350 diversity-focused events in 34 countries, where topics included career development, diversity recruitment, cultural awareness, and community volunteerism.

We require our people to treat each other with dignity, respect, and courtesy. Our diversity and inclusion policies and practices, overseen by our Chief Diversity Officer, lay the foundations for a positive work culture, often setting a higher standard than is legally required.

Overcoming the gender gap in our leadership is a growing priority. In 2013, we introduced two new initiatives to help talented women, both within and outside HP, advance their technology careers. Ascend is a global sponsorship program through which our high-performing female employees receive mentoring, coaching, and networking support. In the U.S., we established a Women’s Innovation Council, which brings together 25 female technology leaders from among our customers, partners, and employees. The goal is to help the next generation of women in our industry to overcome challenges, form networks, and leverage best practices.

See our diversity and inclusion website for more information.

Rewards and benefits

We acknowledge and reward our people for their work through our compensation, benefits, and recognition programs.

We has made consistent investments in salary increases, bonuses, and other incentives during the past few years. As a result, we have made progress toward an overall market-competitive pay position across the company, despite previous years of underinvestment. From 2010 to 2013, our VoW survey showed a 41% improvement in employees’ understanding of pay practices and the link to performance, including a 9% rise from 2012 to 2013.

See our HP Benefits website for more information.

HP Volunteers

Our employees are natural problem-solvers with a wealth of skills to share and a passion to give back to their communities. We encourage them to use their four hours of company time each month to make real impact in their communities through the donation of their expertise and time. In 2013, our employees worldwide volunteered more than 1.6 million hours, valued at more than $104 million. As a result, we earned the Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteerism, and were recognized as one of the most civic-minded U.S. companies by the Civic 50.

Health and safety

We have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for our people, and we recognize that employees are most productive when they are healthy. We have low accident and injury rates across our offices, production facilities, warehouses, and laboratories. Nonetheless, we continually evaluate our training programs, policies, and procedures to identify improvement opportunities and ways to avoid incidents.

In 2013, we started the global rollout of improved processes for assessing environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks and legal requirements. We also introduced global processes, tools, and training to help our operations comply with requirements of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. In 2014, every employee will have access to a new EHS module included in the mandatory annual training on HP’s Standards of Business Conduct.

For complete information regarding HP people, please refer to our Data Dashboard.

1HP 2013 Annual Report