Our purpose is to innovate technology for good. When technology is simple to deploy and easy to adopt, it is more likely to scale and thus bring positive change.
In the Ericsson global community, we share three core values: Respect, Professionalism, Perseverance. Our values matter because they have become established within our business over 140 years of history. They are tried, tested and trusted. In fact, our internal surveys show that 90% our employees feel that our core values are relevant to them. Our global environment means that we can offer our people constant opportunities to broaden their horizons in so many different ways. This means that freedom, autonomy and personal responsibility will always be important parts of the Ericsson culture. We’re supportive, but we also understand that our talented people are always open to opportunities to challenge themselves through new opportunities. So we encourage innovation and experimentation. We want all of our people to be brave, to take ownership of their own performance and to dare to do more. Ericsson is a place where people can do their best. In an organisation of such breadth and such diversity – playing such a fundamental role in how society and technology can integrate in the future – there is vast potential to think big and see ideas make an impact.
The exact rewards available to each employee vary from region to region, creating the flexibility to adapt our offering to suit different expectations, requirements and ways of life. In each region, however, we believe we offer the kinds of rewards, benefits and perks that you would expect from a global business with a great reputation for looking after its people. It’s a part of our culture to invest in people, recognize their contribution and ensure that every individual shares in our success. Ericsson is a true believer in encouraging every employee to enjoy the right work-life balance. Our aim is to offer every employee the resources, support and tools they need to perform their role effectively. We empower our people to manage their time and work effectively and, wherever possible, we promote flexible working opportunities and family friendly policies. We also offer healthcare and wellbeing plans.
Over the past few years, Ericsson has made steady progress in increasing the number of women at senior-level positions. 35 percent of the Executive Leadership Team members were women in 2016, a substantial increase over the past five years. The number of women in the top 250 most senior positions has also continued to rise and is currently at 25 percent. Our goal is to encourage a gender-intelligent organization which recognizes and values the differences that both men and women bring to the organization. Increasing gender diversity is a central focus. Ericsson's 2020 gender diversity aim is for 30 percent of all employees to be female, including leaders and executives. In 2016, we have made progress and are moving in the right direction. We believe that achieving gender equality across the world requires everyone to be involved. Ericsson supports the UN HeforShe Campaign, which focuses on what men can do to address the inequalities and discrimination faced by women.
We are Global: Ericsson employees can continually live, work and learn on a global stage. We are Human: Ericsson is a respectful and human organization. We are less of product and portfolio company and more of a people company with an emphasis on ethics, diversity and a feeling of family. We are Impactful: With a sense of purpose, the freedom to think big and personal investment in the Ericsson mission, employees can effect real change. We are Expansive: The size and depth of our business offers unique opportunities for development and growth. We are Empowering: Our transparent, empowering culture allows employees to pursue their ideas with freedom. This, in turn, creates loyalty and engagement.
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