Covanta’s leadership in developing sustainable solutions for society and the environment means that we attract people who seek more than simply a job and an income. Many of Covanta’s employees come to the company wanting to make a positive difference in the world.
We encourage employee commitment to advancing sustainable waste and energy solutions, and we emphasize creativity and collaboration across our global workplaces. We provide our employees with competitive benefits, training, recognition for excellence and opportunities for career advancement.
Measuring Employee Engagement
Covanta communicated the results of its first all-employee survey, designed to gauge employee engagement and satisfaction, in 2013. The survey garnered an impressive 85 percent participation rate, and it provided us with valuable feedback. We developed a list of actions for the Covanta team to address critical issues through 2014 and beyond.
Employees told us they wanted more opportunities for individual professional development. Based on this feedback, we introduced a leadership program for middle managers in November of 2014 that has generated very positive feedback.
We also offer opportunities for employees to strengthen core competencies and improve their supervisory, managerial and leadership skills. For the past couple of years, we have been training our first-line supervisors through an in-house program called Essentials of Supervisory Success. By the end of 2014, 205 First-Line Supervisors completed the program.
Providing Operational Qualification Programs
Covanta’s industry-leading operator and maintenance qualification programs help ensure that our employees are equipped to perform their jobs both safely and efficiently. Our areas of focus for these programs include electrical qualification, boiler operations and power generation fundamentals, among others. Beyond assuring that we meet local, state and federal certification requirements, these programs establish a clear, consistent path to personal development and career advancement.
Supporting Employee Growth
All full-time and part-time Covanta employees receive performance reviews annually. Through Covanta’s Performance Management process, managers and employees together determine performance strengths and development opportunities. We then help employees address competency gaps through targeted training, whether to strengthen communication, interpersonal and management skills, or learn new workplace processes. Our human resources department also offers programs to improve employee relations and promote a workplace free of harassment and discrimination.
In addition, we offer an education assistance program to financially support employees who want to broaden their knowledge base, develop further professional skills and prepare for other positions within Covanta.
Encouraging Employee Health through a New Smoking and Tobacco-Free Policy
As of September 1, 2014, Covanta implemented a companywide smoke- and tobacco-free policy to establish a healthy, productive and safe environment at all Covanta-owned and/or-operated facilities. This policy applies to Covanta employees, haulers, contractors, vendors and all other visitors to Covanta sites. The tobacco-free policy states that the use of all tobacco products, including smokeless/chewing tobacco, is prohibited while on Covanta premises. We provide a list of free smoking-cessation resources through healthcare providers for employees who wish to seek help to quit smoking or stop using tobacco products.