EMPLOYER BRANDING INOM OFFENTLIG SEKTOR - EN FALLSTUDIE OM VÄSTERÅS STAD
Sammanfattning: Employer branding has over the last 15 years gone from being a fashion concept to becoming a strong, established priority for many employers. Earlier research points to the importance of a strong employer brand for the well-being of a company. The purpose of this study is to gain an understanding of Västerås city’s work with employer branding and to highlight employee experiences of Västerås city as an employer. The following questions are answered in the essay: • How do HR staff in Västerås city work with employer branding? • How do the existing employees experience Västerås city as an employer? To answer these questions, a qualitative methodology was used with case study as a research strategy. The data was collected through semi-structured interviews. One interview was conducted with HR staff in Västerås city and four interviews were conducted with employees in various sectors within Västerås city. Their answers were then analyzed based on the chosen theoretical framework. The result showed that Västerås city emphasizes internal staff work to create a strong employer brand. This is done by emphasizing the importance of a good working environment, values and good leadership. Employees are involved in external communication through, for example, ambassador programs and EVP. All employees emphasized job security as one of the most important factors for their employers' choice. It was also a decisive factor in making them stay in Västerås city. Other important factors that were mentioned by the employees in the study were; personnel policy and administrative systems as well as work in itself. Improvement points raised by the staff in the study were to be more visible as employers for existing employees as well as more development opportunities to an even greater extent.
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