Origo employs a talented group of experts who help customers improve their operations, performance and security. Our goal in human resources is to be a highly sought after place to work in order to attract the best talent available. To achieve that goal, we have established an ambitious human resources strategy founded on our three core values: Combined Strength, Service Vision and Professional Daring.
We work together across units, utilizing expertise in different areas of the Company to develop smart solutions for customers.
We build on a solid foundation of professionalism and expertise while also emphasising the need for innovation and flexible decision-making which may involve changing and improving working methods for the benefit of Origo and our customers.
We provide excellent service that is adapted to the needs of each customer. We exceed expectations by always striving to develop new and more efficient service solutions, thus ensuring long-term business relationships.
The number of full-time equivalent positions was 445 at end of the year 2019 and the number of employees was 479, eight of them at Origo's facilities in Serbia. At Origo's subsidiaries, the number of employees at Applicon in Sweden was 52 at year-end, 24 at Tölvutek and 7 at Unimaze, of which 4 were in Serbia.
The gender ratio among Origo employees is 22% female and 78% male. The IT sector has been known to be predominantly male but Origo is committed, with a clear strategy and implementation plan for gender equality, to continue working towards the long-term goal of increasing the number of women within the Company.
Average age is 42,7 years
Average years of employment is 9,1 years
We hired 71 employees in 2019
We received 2029 applications in 2019
Total job satisfaction: 4,13
Origo implemented the Company’s equal pay system at the beginning of 2019. The implementation of our equal pay system was carried out in accordance with the Equal Pay Standard, ÍST 85:2012. Our equal pay system is designed to ensure that all decisions related to compensation are taken in the same manner for men and women and that the criteria underpinning compensation decisions do not promote gender discrimination. Origo received the Icelandic equal pay certification at the end of 2018 and renewed the certification this year with a BSI maintenance audit.
Origo has endeavoured to promote jobs in information technology for young people at various school levels to attract interest in the diverse and creative jobs available in the field. For university students, we have held corporate presentations and science trips and participated in the universities’ Career Days. Special emphasis was placed on collaboration with women's IT associations at the universities in line with Origo's focus on gender equality, and this will continue.
Origo’s employees are active when it comes to exercise, eco-friendly transport and sports-related competitions as in previous years. The year 2019 began with a health campaign where employees participated in health-related competitions and attended lectures on issues related to mental and physical health.
As before, a large number of employees took part in the Cycle to Work programme and Origo had a 10-person team in the WOW Cyclothon as in previous years.
In addition, Origo supports its employees to participate in the Reykjavik Marathon and Origo’s employees have also been active in attending the Bose running series held by Origo. A sports club was also established within the Company during the year, and its members train under the guidance of a coach during lunch breaks.
Employees of Origo and its subsidiaries are also active in using eco-friendly transportation. In 2019, around 105 employees had active transport contracts.
There is often a lot of fun at Origo and events that promote team spirit and nice get-togethers are held almost every month. Employees go all-in when it comes to theme events and a great deal of creativity went into costumes at the Company’s fall event in September, where a decade-theme was taken to the extreme, at the employee association’s Halloween celebration, which was extremely successful, and on the Great Christmas Sweater Day.
During the year, a complete renovation of the Company’s lunch room was also undertaken. The atmosphere we have created is in a bistro-style and acoustics, lighting and facilities are now up to the highest standards.
Origo runs a strong training program year-round. We have implemented an electronic training system that we use in conjunction with a variety of courses and lectures that employees are invited to attend. As before, we placed considerable emphasis on safety training in 2019, as safety issues are very important to us. Employees therefore have good access to safety education, which is followed up on.
An executive program was launched under the heading "Leadership for the Future". This is a comprehensive course line that covers the academic year 2019-2020, based on Origo's policy and priorities. At the same time, executives are also offered executive training that has been very useful.
460 participants in local courses
344 participants in electronic courses
Finnur Oddsson is the CEO of Origo. He became the Deputy CEO of Nýherji in November 2012 and CEO in August 2013.
He was an assistant professor at the University of Reykjavik for several years, where he oversaw the development of the University’s MBA program and Management Academy. He was a member of the University of Reykjavik Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2017, serving as chairman until 2014. Finnur is a member of the board of the Iceland Chamber of Commerce and sits on the boards of Distica and Startup Iceland.
Finnur served for five years as Managing Director of the Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.A in psychology from the University of Iceland, an M.A. and a Ph.D. in the same subject from the West-Virginia University in the US, and an AMP in business administration from IESE in Barcelona.
Dröfn Guðmundsdóttir is the Chief Human Resources Officer and joined Origo in February 2013.
Dröfn has a long track record in the field of human resources. She worked as Director of Education at Reykjavik Preschools and later as a human resources consultant at Reykjavik City’s Education Field following the merger of preschools and elementary schools from 2003-2007, as a human resources consultant for Straumur Investment Bank from 2007-2009, director of education at Arion Bank from 2009-2011 and worked as a human resources manager at the Financial Supervisory Authority (FME) from 2012-2013.
Dröfn graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of Iceland and went on to pursue post-graduate studies in psychology focusing on work and organizational psychology at the University of Giessen in Germany.
Gunnar Zoëga is Managing Director of Business Development.
Gunnar joined TM Software in 2003 and has since held various positions, such as Head of Umsjá, Managing Director of Technology and Managing Director of Solutions and Service.
Gunnar holds a B.S. degree in Business and Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and in Systems Analysis from Reykjavik University.
Gunnar was CFO for Iceland Express 2011- 2012 and CFO for Landic Property hf. 2006-2010. Earlier Gunnar worked as a Client Executive for HSH Nordbank AG in Copenhagen and as a specialist for Icebank hf. and VBS Investment Bank.
Gunnar holds a B.S.c in Finance and Economics from the University of Iceland, M.s.c in finance from Reykjavík University and is a licensed securities broker.
Hákon Sigurhansson is the Managing Director of Software Solutions. Mr. Sigurhansson has worked for the company since 2008, first as a CEO of EMR Healthcare Solutions and then as the head of the Healthcare Solutions unit at TM Software.
Before joining TM Software Hákon worked as consultant, as the Director of Sales, Product Management and Development at Trackwell Software and as Head of IT at the Ministry of Justice.
Hákon holds an MBA from the ESCP Business School in Paris and an MSc degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Aalborg, Denmark.
Ingimar G. Bjarnason is the Managing Director of Business Solutions. Previously Ingimar served as the Managing Director of Applicon Iceland from 2008. Ingimar began working in the software department in February 1998 and later worked at Applicon ehf. until August 2006, when Ingimar took the position of Managing Director for Applicon Solutions Ltd. in the UK.
Mr. Bjarnason holds a B.Sc. in industrial and mechanical engineering and an MBA from IESE in Barcelona.
Örn is the Managing Director of Service Solutions. He has extensive experience in the area of IT management and operations. He was previously a long-time manager at EJS and later Advania, where he was responsible for sales and coordinating the company's marketing strategy. Most recently, Örn served as the managing director of the glass manufacturer Samverk. Örn is also a member of the board of the management company Virðing.
Örn holds a business degree from the University of Reykjavik.
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