a great place to work
Everything we create - ideas, stories, newspapers, images,
books, websites - depends on the minds and imagination of
our people. We're home to some of the best in the business,
and we've set ourselves the goal of being the best place to
work in the world. Of course we're nowhere near there yet,
but that's where we're aiming.
This year we completed our first company-wide employee
survey, and compared our results with 6,000 other companies.
Pearson scored reasonably well as a place to work. We enjoy
our work, we're happy with our working conditions, we think
we have good benefits, we like to think we help each other.
More than 60% of us think that being part of Pearson is
important, and more than 80% think we're doing a good job of
communicating what Pearson is about. But there are also real
concerns over job security, stress and lack of opportunity
for promotion. These are concerns that you expect at this
stage in the economic cycle and we take them seriously.
We're making a big effort to improve the feedback and career
planning we provide to everyone at Pearson, and to improve
the information we give people about their benefits. We'll
repeat the survey this year, too, so we can see how we're
Code of conduct:
One of our basic principles is to be a decent company, that
does the right thing by its people, its customers, its
shareholders and everyone we do business with. This year we
published a code of business conduct, setting out what that
means to us - and really putting down on paper the standards
of what we already believe and do.
Across Pearson, we run a series of programmes to develop our
people at all stages of their careers. Each of our
businesses runs training programmes for graduates, exposing
them to various roles across different functions and
countries. Every year, we hold forums for managers from
around the world to focus on company strategy and generating
new ideas. And in 2002 we introduced a Pearson-wide
placement programme to give people the chance to work for a
short period with colleagues in other businesses or another
We aim to be a diverse and inclusive company. We've
appointed people in each of our businesses to spearhead our
diversity programme and this is going to be a priority for
us over the next few years.