Competition is fierce in the global technology market, and competition for talent is much the same. In order to attract and retain outstanding employees, we provide competitive comprehensive salary packages. When developing salary policies, we comply with the requirements of the local labor laws of each location and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, race or political affiliation. We consult salary survey information from management consultancies to ensure our salaries are competitive in each region's job market. In addition, to reward outstanding employees, we issue bonuses based on company profit and both unit and individual performance; Acer Taiwan, for example, provides both performance and profit-sharing bonuses.
Acer Remuneration Policy Principles
In addition to bonuses, we have also established internal awards for colleagues who have made significant contributions in sales, management, and R&D. These awards are presented at public ceremonies, simultaneously rewarding excellent performance and sharing their results with the staff body.
Green Heart Medal
In recognition of colleagues with groundbreaking achievements in business development and operations management, we have established the Green Heart Medal to set examples for and from our employees. In 2015, two Green Heart Medals were awarded:
Hsinchu branch of the Taiwan Region under the Pan Asia Pacific Region was awarded a medal for winning a major server procurement tender and reaching a new level of performance in 2015
E-Business Group was awarded a medal for realizing the “hardware + software + services” vision of the New New Acer.
Their outstanding performance earned the e-Business
Group the Acer Green Heart Medal
Recognizing Achievement in R&D
In addition to providing bonuses for R&D staff receiving patents, Acer also recognizes outstanding achievement in this regard with awards at the annual meeting.
Rewarding Product and Business Teams
We also give public recognition to business and product teams who have shown outstanding performance or developed a breakthrough product.
In addition to the benefits as stipulated by law, we also provide group medical insurance and outstanding employee benefits based on local customs. For example, the Taiwan Employee Welfare Committee - Acer Welfare Committee provided the following three major employee benefits in 2015:
Recreation and Entertainment Benefits
The company organized numerous activities for colleagues and their families. Over 23,000 people attended the 2-3 day tours, family day and arts appreciation activities, which gave colleagues the chance to relax and spend time with their families. We also provided recreational subsidies with which colleagues can make their own plans, allowing them to choose their own recreation and entertainment, promoting the balanced development of body and spirit.
Social Development Activities
We provide funds for a variety of social activities and facilities to promote fellowship and interaction between colleagues, including massage chairs, video games, and sporting facilities. There are also a range of places for staff to relax, including break rooms and cafes.
In Spain, Acer’s employees split into groups competing to complete the best tapas in 60 minutes, practicing teamwork, leadership, and time management.
In Switzerland, Acer holds annual excursions and various other fun activities for employees, using this to create a tighter team relationship.
In Thailand, to create greater unity and better communication between management and staff, we planned a series of activities that encouraged teamwork, supported by management giving reports that helped the employees better understand the company’s direction.
We provide vouchers for the three major festivals (Chinese New Year, Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Festival) as well as birthdays, along with scholarships and cash subsidies for weddings and funerals.
Acer's retirement system adheres to the local regulations for each of the Company's global locations. In Taiwan, for example, staff pensions are contributed to in line with the Labor Standards Act and the Labor Pension Act. Staff who were employed by Acer on or before June 30, 2005, and were covered by the old system may freely opt into the new system and enjoy the new benefits. As of the end of 2015, the Company's deposits with the Central Trust of China under the old system totaled approximately NT$334 million. As for the new system, the Company currently contributes 6% of employee pay, while the employees may contribute anything between 0% and 6%. The company has also established an "Early Retirement System," wherein any employees who are 50 years of age or over and have worked for the company for 15 years may apply for retirement and start planning for their futures.