Our people are what makes our business successful and developing an outstanding team is at the forefront of our refreshed business strategy. We are focused on creating a great place to work, recognising the contribution individuals make and creating opportunities for progression and development. Creating a long-term sustainable business relies on attracting and retaining colleagues with the required skills and behaviours which are aligned with our RIGHT values.
Training and development
Our people are our greatest asset and key to our success and incorporating their views into Board decision making is essential to achieving our business objectives and creating a workplace which treats everyone equally. We are proud to say that we have retained our Investors in People standard which we have now held for 20 years. We engage with our colleagues in a number of ways including discussion groups, conferences, our online employee interactive forum and a weekly newsletter. We also continue to track engagement levels and listen to colleague feedback through our annual employee survey. We continue to review and respond to the results of this survey and regularly monitor the progress that has been made in response to the feedback received.
Engaging with our colleagues
In our 2019 financial year, we reviewed the ScS employee benefits and enhanced our current offering for all colleagues at the end of July. Employees received an increase to their holiday entitlement and were given access to a new benefits platform offering discounts over a wide range of goods and services. Our Share Incentive Plan was also relaunched to invite employees to take advantage of buying shares in ScS Group plc.
Health, safety and wellbeing
The established health and safety team, which forms part of our wider Audit, Risk and Compliance team, have continued to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and requirements under the government guidance (for all three nations). The Group gives parity to physical and mental wellbeing. We have mental health first aiders working across the business and our colleagues have access to further support through a free, confidential employee assistance programme which is available 24/7.
We monitor gender diversity across the business. In financial year 2021, 31% of our workforce were female. A full gender pay gap report is available in the corporate governance section.