Hesburger is a major employer

Each year, Hesburger employs thousands of employees in Finland and abroad. Majority of the new employees are young people who join our ranks as interns or part-time employees and work alongside their studies. 

For many, Hesburger is a first real job and a place where they can learn the ins and outs of the workplace. On the other hand, Hesburger offers opportunities for career development and advancement – many of our supervisors and managers have worked for Hesburger for years or even decades.

Recruiting and training the unemployed

Over the past four years, Hesburger has conducted several recruitment and training projects in co-operation with the Finnish Centres for Economic Development, Transportation and the Environment (ELY Centres) and Employment and Economic Development Offices (TE Offices).Through these projects, Hesburger has employed well over a hundred young, unemployed jobseekers.

Social enterprise provides employment

Founded in the summer of 2012, Hese-Help works to employ persons with disabilities and who have been unemployed for a long time. It works in co-operation with, for example, special education schools and TE Offices. This social enterprise is a natural extension of Hesburger's role as a key actor in finding employment for young people and a responsible Finnish employer.

A social enterprise is one that, in addition to its normal business operations, also focuses on the employment of persons with disabilities and those who have been unemployed for a long time and related auxiliary functions. Since 2013, Hese-Help has found permanent employment for seven people. Experiences with Hese-Help have been positive, and it seems to have instilled a sense of social responsibility in the restaurants where these employees were placed.

Long-term employment relationships, few absences

Long-term employment relationships and minimal absences speak volumes about job satisfaction at Hesburger. This is the reason that employee satisfaction is so important to us and why we want to invest in it. Employee satisfaction is constantly measured and, using feedback, every effort is made to improve working conditions for each unit's needs.

Job satisfaction is also demonstrated by, for example, the fewest sick leaves and the longest employment relationships in the industry. In 2014, the average number of sick days per employee was 5,9*.The relative percentage of sick days to the total amount of time worked was 2.49 %.

Hesburger grants employees bonuses for living a healthy lifestyle in order to promote their well-being. A survey examining the impact that these bonuses  was conducted in the spring of 2013. 454 employees took part in the survey. Of the respondents, 43 % felt that healthy lifestyle bonuses improved occupational well-being. In addition to this, 31 % felt that the bonuses increased the amount of exercise they got.

A stable, major employer

Hesburger is a major employer in Finland. The chain offers numerous jobs particularly to youth; the median age of Hesburger's 1,729* employees in 2014 was 26.4 years. Hesburger is also a stable employer with 1,627 of its employees holding permanent positions and only 57 in temporary arrangements. With the opening of new restaurants, new jobs are constantly created in new locations. In addition to Finland, Hesburger is also creating new jobs abroad.

Hesburger employees* 2014
Permanent employees: 1,627
Temporary employees: 57
Total employees: 1,729
Median employee age: 26.4 years
Average duration of employment: 2 years, 1 month 
Average duration of employment for supervisors: 4 years, 4 months
New permanent employees: 645 
Temporary employee turnover: 217 (starting)/171 (leaving)

Extensive career opportunities provide incentive for advancement

Hesburger is a dynamic, youthful and responsible employer that offers extensive development and growth opportunities for its employees. One of the most important areas of training is supervisor training, which, once completed, allows the employee to apply for supervisor positions regardless of their level of education.

Equal-opportunity employer

Training programmes encourage employees to apply for supervisor training. In 2014, 86 % of the employees completing supervisor training were women and 14 % were men. 84 % of the employees starting in supervisor positions were women and 16 % were men. In total, 84.3 % of all supervisors were women and 15.7 % men. The gender distribution of supervisors at Hesburger closely corresponds with the overall employee gender distribution, as 81.8 % of all employees in 2014 were women and 18.2 % men. We can indeed say that it is expertise and skill that counts at Hesburger, not gender. Ensuring equal opportunity is also monitored every year.

Supervisors are happy in their work

Supervisors do seem to enjoy their work at Hesburger very much, as their job satisfaction rating is high according to several metrics. The average duration of employment for supervisors – 4.4 years – also indicates this level of satisfaction.

*The figures used in this article only apply to employees of Burger-In Ltd. restaurants.

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