Our people

A workplace that inspires

We have over 46,000 employees, and are one of the largest employers in the Netherlands. If it weren’t for al these people, there would be no PostNL. They are the base of our success. That is why we want to create a work environment where people feel safe and be the best they can.

Four leading behaviours

We foster a culture that advocates four leading behaviours. These are vital for realising our ambitions for the future, for they help us be a company where employees can make a difference for all our customers. 

  • Working together for OnePostNL 
  • Being fact-based and decisive 
  • Taking ownership for results and timely delivery 
  • Being innovative and customers oriented 

How we embed these cultural behaviours in our day-to-day operations is just as important. That is why they are an important part of our annual plans and performance management practices. The cultural behaviours are also embedded in our leadership competences, which are the base of our talent programs and evaluation cycles. Every year we carry out a survey, asking employees how they experience the culture in their own work environment, and we use this feedback to improve our practices. In 2016, this survey showed that our employee engagement went up from 64 to 67 percent, and our aim is to continuously improve this score.

Fit for the future

Having the right talent at the right spot: that is vital for the future of our company, from technical operators who manage complex sorting machines to senior managers mapping our long-term strategy. That is why we always stimulate people to keep working on their own employability, developing their skills professionally and personally. Every employee has access to a large number of trainings and courses, offered by the digital PostNL Academy.

Maarten van Ierschot

Case: PostNL-app

Room for talent

We look closely at the skills future leaders will require and we use our succession plans and training programs to identify and develop in-house talent. This is of vital importance if we want to be able to grow as a company. We strive to evaluate the performance of our high-potential employees and senior managers twice per year, including development and internal growth.

Case Career Development

Case: Career development


We feel that our workforce and management should reflect the diversity within society. So we can offer an place where employees feel comfortable, wherever they work. This is a major condition for a healthy, more sustainable work environment. That is why we committed ourselves to improving diversity throughout the company, by signing the international Diversity Charter. We aim to achieve this with multiple initiatives, such as workshops on cultural awareness and the introduction of a diversity index (with an overall score of 64%), our internal Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN) and the LGBT-network PostNL Pride. We also continue te create work experience opportunities for people with limited access to the labour markets, by establishing partnerships with social employment and network organisations.

Case Inclusion

Case: Inclusion