For many people, work means little more than getting a salary at the end of a long month. Nowadays, however, some companies are starting to realise the value of their employees and are working hard to ensure that the place you spend the most time at is conducive to growth and development
According to the Top Employers Institute, each of these organisations has demonstrated a forward-thinking HR environment that is continuously working to optimise its employee conditions and leading the way in the development of its people.
To qualify, companies have to demonstrate how they are making the most of their most valuable resource: the workers. The criteria includes things like flexible working conditions, career and succession management, secondary benefits and well-being programmes.
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If you are looking for a job, here are some of the top companies to work for in 2016, according to the Top Employers Institute:
Unilever: The Top Employers Institute says Unilever SA provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation and has demonstrated its leadership status in the HR environment, always striving to optimise its employment practices and develop its employees.
Old Mutual: Financial services giant Old Mutual secured the top employer spot in the financial services and insurance category for the fifth consecutive year. Old Mutual also gained certification for its branches in Kenya, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
EY: The firm was chosen partially because of its abundance of learning and development programmes. EY offers graduate development programmes, internships, job rotation, international exchange programmes and soft-skill training programmes.
British American Tobacco: This company has been a top employer for the last couple of years. British American Tobacco SA says it is committed to transformation and investing in the training and development of it’s people. The result is a culture of leadership and resilience. The company also has great secondary benefits, including laptops and allowances for telephones, car and travel and entertainment.
Microsoft: The tech company says that great customer service starts with an amazing employee experience. It ensures that all employees have the opportunity to constantly learn, grow and develop, while providing an environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion.
Coca Cola: The company operates in more than 200 countries around the world, with a portfolio of more than 3 500 beverages. It focuses on offering its people exciting growth and development opportunities, as well as the chance to build dynamic careers in SA, Africa, or anywhere in the world.
In total, 78 South African companies have achieved ‘top employer’ status.