- For annual performance, please refer to our Sustainability Report 2018.
Our dedicated workforce is the engine that drives our success. We do our best to provide a positive, inclusive and collaborative work environment which supports development of staff as effective and innovative members of the MTR team. We encourage participative communication and collaboration, drive effectiveness and innovation as well as agility to change, support professional and personal development, take care of the well-being of employees and maintain harmonious staff relations.
We highlight the trust our stakeholders have in us through our Code of Conduct which provides behavioural guidance for all employees to ensure high standards of ethics and integrity in line with our values while we are fulfilling expectations from different parties. To advance internal awareness and understanding, we have implemented education programmes including seminars and computer-based training to explain the details of the Code of Conduct.
As our operations span a number of international locations, we have developed a global Human Resources strategy centred around three key pillars to support the human resources needs of our business expansion and growth strategy:
Human Capital Mobility and Development:
We have established a Global Resource Pool to provide employees with overseas opportunities to facilitate knowledge exchange, enabling the transfer and localisation of best practices and expertise across regions. We also have a Global Mobility Policy which guides our human resource support and deployment and provides consistent terms for relocation across our global offices.
We identify and groom talented employees to build the corporate talent pipeline to meet business and succession needs. Personalised development plans are formulated for talents, including a diverse range of enrichment opportunities such as job rotations, project-based assignments, and the chance to take up different roles within MTR.
Corporate Culture Development:
To ensure consistency of the local initiatives and strategies across regions with our global Human Resources strategy, the human resources divisions organise joint meetings across all hubs to reinforce our corporate culture and align expectations for identifying suitable candidates to join our workforce.
Equal Employment Opportunity
MTR provides an equal opportunity workplace governed by our non-discrimination policies. We work to promote a safe, open, and inclusive workspace, free of discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, race, skin colour, national or ethnic origin, family status, or any other personal characteristics that are protected by law. We also adopt a candidate or employee assessment system solely based on competence, experience, skills, qualifications and performance.
In order to facilitate the influx of talented individuals into our organisation, we have established multiple recruitment channels and career development paths. We seek individuals who share our values and common characteristics such as the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvements, a proactive approach to resolving challenges, a commitment to caring services for our customers, and a continuous search for opportunities to learn and develop. Those who join us are provided with training and development opportunities necessary to support their continuous personal and professional growth.
In Hong Kong, we have implemented various leadership development programmes and training schemes, including graduate development programmes and programmes focused on particular professional expertise and technical apprenticeships, to ensure that we are consistently welcoming new waves of young talents to drive our business forward.
Nurturing Corporate Culture
The Corporation formulated a set of Vision, Mission and Values (VMV) to align and build a unified company culture. The VMV helps our employees understand and follow the company’s direction.
Today’s fast-changing world requires us to remain innovative, agile and flexible. To move the company forward, it is of paramount importance to further strengthen our culture. While upholding MTR’s values, we need to put the four “Cultural Focus Areas” into practice: Participative Communication, Effective & Innovation, Collaboration and Agility to Change.
Staff Consultation and Communication
A platform for open dialogue and feedback is an essential part of our approach to building a constructive, stable and harmonious relationship with all our employees. In addition to complying with applicable legal obligations concerning collective bargaining and protection against anti-union discrimination in places where we operate, we engage in proactive and open dialogue with our employees to maintain a committed, passionate and connected workforce.
In Hong Kong, we have been maintaining a well-established two-tier Staff Consultation Mechanism, comprising the Staff Consultative Council and Joint Consultative Committees, to maintain trust and enhance communication between employees and management. In addition, regular meetings between management and staff unions are held to monitor staff sentiments and ensure correct understanding of corporate initiatives. A revamped platform for the “Enhanced Staff Communication Programme” was also launched during the year to facilitate the communication of corporate messages by line managers.
Staff Training and Development
We encourage our employees to seek opportunities for learning and development and understand that individual employees at different stages of their careers will require a diverse set of training content. To this end, we have designed a wide range of training programmes and schemes for the development of our operating and technical staff as well as our management executives.
Operations Training Department offers a series of training curriculum covering Operations and safety training, technical training and IT training to assist staff and contractors in performing their duties efficiently while meeting the operational, safety, technical and maintenance requirements of the Corporation.
To show appreciation for our employees’ dedication to excellence and to recognise their accomplishments, we have established a variety of awards and honours in addition to performance- based salary reviews.
Work-life Balance and Family-friendly Practices
Caring for the well-being of our employees is not just about improving working conditions, but also includes providing support to them beyond the workplace. To enable our employees to fulfil their family obligations, we have incorporated work-life balance and family-friendly practices into our employment approach. We offer a wide range of support to our employees including full-paid marriage leave, maternity and paternity leave, compassionate leave and study leave, as well as free travel on MTR and medical benefits for their eligible dependants. Additional facilities and arrangements, such as lactation rooms and lactation breaks, are also available in the workplace.
Our holistic approach to employee well-being is reinforced by our Healthy Living Programme, which promotes mental, intellectual, social and physical wellness. Various health-related information seminars and activities are organised to regularly educate our employees and we continue to provide free seasonal influenza vaccinations to employees annually. As part of our holistic approach, our ICAN Programme focuses on maintaining our employees’ mental health through stress management techniques and raises awareness of mental health issues that may affect our workforce. Additionally, all MTR Hong Kong employees and their eligible dependents may seek support from to a professional counsellor via our dedicated 24-hour counselling service hotline.
To further promote work-life balance, we organise a variety of annual events and social gatherings, such as Christmas Children’s Day, for employees to enjoy with families and friends. Current and retired Hong Kong employees can also enjoy a wide variety of recreational and sports facilities and activities at the Metro Recreation Club with their families and friends for a nominal fee. Additional family support is provided through a number of scholarships for children of employees who are studying at local schools and educational institutions. To connect with the community, employees, retirees and their families and friends can also participate in volunteering activities under the More Time Reaching Community Scheme.