Employers are increasingly offering international exchanges, sabbaticals and job sharing to help staff with their work and life planning. Content staff work better and this reflects well on their employers. Such a feature has long since becoming a key issue when hiring staff. The annual award of “Top Employer” certificate goes only awarded to organisations that achieve the highest standards of excellence in employee conditions and it is now a sought-after seal of approval.
Hamburg’s world best employers
This year, the following 12 companies in Hamburg count among the world’s best: ADM Hamburg AG, Amplifon Deutschland GmbH, British American Tobacco (Germany) GmbH, Calanbau Fire Protection Solutions, CHIESI GmbH, ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG, EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG, EUROPCAR Autovermietung GmbH, Hermes Logistik Gruppe Deutschland GmbH, OLYMPUS EUROPA SE & CO. KG, olympus surgical technologies Europe and Still GmbH. The certification means these companies offer staff excellent conditions and are striving for even better.
Analysis of nine subject areas
But what exactly makes a company an excellent employer? The Top Employers Institute rates companies in nine subject areas – from on-boarding, talent strategy, career and successor planning right up to corporate culture. Edeka’s headquarters in Hamburg scored points, among others, for its special approach to integrating new staff. They are given an introduction course on the company’s mission, vision and values followed by a “Buddy” or networking event. British American Tobacco offers staff diverse development programmes from coaching and mentoring programmes, skills training programmes right up to international exchange programmes. The flexible working models at Hermes, for instance, include flexitime, part-time work; job sharing, sabbatical, time off in lieu (TOIL) or home office. The well-being programmes at Amplifon Deutschland GmbH include a subsidized membership of a gym, a health and safety delegate, a company doctor or support for staff in financial difficulty.
Detailed benchmarking report highlights scope for improvement
All participating companies receive a detailed benchmarking report about their performance and position in a peer group in a particular year. The report highlights the scope for improvement within the company, how to develop offers for staff and to boost their employer brands.
Competitions, certificates and seal of approval
Certificates and seals of approval are also awarded through the “Germany’s Best Employer” competition, the Great Place to Work award by an international research and consulting institute, the “Excellent Employer” (Ausgezeichneter Arbeitgeber) by TÜV Rheinland, “Top Company” – an approval presented by kununu, a web page that rates employers, the Glassdoor Award for employee satisfaction or “Hamburg’s Best Employer” competition.