2014 Performance Summary: People and Culture

This section provides a summary of the results for the 2014 NI shared value commitments. To learn more about the company’s performance and commitments, visit the sections linked from this summary. A letter from the company’s CEO, Dr. James Truchard, also summarizes the company’s efforts in 2014.

To locate a specific Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicator in this report, refer to the GRI Index.

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Area 2014 Commitment 2014 Performance Status
Hire and Retain the Best and Brightest Maintain voluntary employee turnover rate at 25% lower than market average Maintained voluntary employee turnover rate at roughly 15% lower than market average
Implement a worldwide human capital management system Implemented Oracle Fusion in Q1 2014
Enhance coaching and feedback skills among leadership with new training programs, including e-learning for employees Implemented two new global courses with coaching components and have identified the e-learning vendor that we will use for employees
Create a Great Place to Work Maintain an average of 85% of surveyed employees worldwide describing NI as a great place to work Had 78% of surveyed employees worldwide describing NI as a great place to work
Continue to improve the health and wellness of the US employee base by achieving 95% participation in the annual HRA and a continued reduction in medical risk factors of the control group established last year Achieved 98% participation in the annual HRA. Overall, employee blood pressure was reduced by 11.8%, and waist circumference and BMI decreased by 3%
Maintain a Culture of Giving Maintain commitment of donating at least 1% of pretax profits Donated at least 1% of pretax profits.
Implement global employee giving and volunteer management system in several international offices Due to technological and legal implications, we invested in refining the system at NI headquarters before implementing it globally.
Continue to foster long-term, strategic relationships with STEM-related nonprofit organizations Continued to foster long-term strategic relationships with STEM-related nonprofit organizations.