We look at 10 businesses that routinely appear at the top of surveys conducted by Great Place To Work and detail why their employees are among the most satisfied :
10 – DIS AG (recruitment)
One of Germany’s largest recruitment agencies, DIS AG employs 660 people in 175 locations. The DIS Academy, with a high calibre, generous seminar catalogue, is grounded in the concept of “Lifelong Learning”. The company also holds regular gatherings to share information and keep staff in the loop.
9 - Hygeia Hospital (healthcare)
This Greek hospital is the first major private medical service provider in the country, operating for more than 35 years. Hygeia has an extensive rewards programme. Each year it awards nearly 70 individual €1,000 prizes along with a six-monthly competition involving a free holiday to a destination of the winner’s choosing.
8 – W.L Gore & Associates (manufacturing)
Experts in technologies for synthetics processing used to make electronics, industrial products, medical goods and textiles, Gore allows every employee to set up a Personal Development Plan upon their arrival. Each worker is assigned a personal sponsor who oversees their development through the company with performance regularly reviewed.
7 – Impact International (management consultancy)
This Swedish business is all about promoting a healthy, safe, dynamic, diverse and balanced workplace for its clients, so it is perhaps no surprise its own staff are among the happiest to be found. Impact gives each employee three working days per year to complete community projects.
6 – Futurice (technology)
Number one on the list for small and medium sized workplace for 2012 and 2013, this Finnish web and mobile software solutions company employs more than 150 throughout its network. FutuFridays take place each month at company offices and start with Monthly Anonymous Developer Meetings, where each employee looks at their goals with peers.
5 – EnergiMidt (energy)
EnergiMidt is a Danish energy and broadband company employing around 600 people, who they actively encourage to input into new company policy. There is a strong focus on self-management, underlined by the fact the company provided specialised courses, resulting in employees taking extra responsibility across the value chain.
4 – Schoenen Torfs (retail)
The Belgian shoe retailer employs 571 people and maintains a strong family ethos whereby happiness is an integral part of coming to work. It also has a proud corporate social responsibility record, with each employee given a child to sponsor as part of the Nepalese Cucina Project.
3 – NetApp (technology)
Data storage specialists NetApp is built around a philosophy of sharing as much information as possible, building a culture of trust. Senior management shares news openly with employees and addresses all ranks directly themselves, with important announcements not being filtered through layers of the company.
2 – Admiral Group (insurance)
The car insurance provider manages 14 brands in seven different countries, including Italy, Spain and the UK. It has a Ministry of Fun which moves between departments each month, celebrating as many events as possible. The focus at Admiral Group is on four key pillars: communication, equality, reward and recognition, and fun.
1 – Microsoft (technology)
The world’s best known technology company has offices in more than 100 countries and employs more than 90,000 people.
At Microsoft, people are motivated and inspired by how customers use Microsoft software to find creative solutions to business problems, as well as how employees develop ground breaking ideas and stay connected to what's most important to them.
It has a host of programmes to promote staff wellbeing, and one which received particular acclaim from Great Place To Work is the Working Parent Policy. This covers a range of benefits for those looking to combine active professional work with pregnancy or bringing up children. The policy applies to all employees with children up to the age of 14.
Microsoft is listed in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey and the UK.