Four Greek companies at the top of Europe, two at the top ten!

Tuesday, 08/05/2007

The 2007 Best Workplaces in Europe competition has been successfully concluded. The list with the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe has been published in a special supplement of the European Edition of the Financial Times on Wednesday, May 2, 2007. The awards ceremony took place at Dublin, on the 15th of May.

The Ten Best Workplaces in Europe, (in alphabetical order) are the following:

Ferrari - Italy (BEST WORKPLACE IN EUROPE 2007)
Andarr - Holland
Beaverbrooks the Jewellers - UK
Cisco Systems - Germany
Consol Software - Germany
Cushman & Wakefield - Portugal
Microsoft - Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Irland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden
Piscines Ideales - Greece
SAS Insitute* - Norway, Sweden
Schoenen Torfs - Belgium

Piscines Ideales was also awarded in the following two categories: the top 5 small companies (50-250 employees) and the top 3 companies from the construction industry sector. In addition, Microsoft received a special award for 'Fairness' GPW model dimension. Mr. Stelios Stavridis from Piscines Ideales, Mr. Ramakis from Genesis Pharma and Mr. Dontas from Xerox attended the Dublin ceremony and received their awards.

The European competition is the continuation of the annual national Best Workplace competitions that are organized in fifteen European countries. In Greece, the Best Workplaces competition is organized annually since 2003 by the Great Place to Work Hellas Institute with the scientific support of ALBA Graduate Business School. The Best Workplaces competition rewards the companies that show the highest interest for the professional and personal lives of their employees. Employees are called to express their opinions about their workplace by answering a specific questionnaire (which counts for the 2/3 of the final company's grade), while the Human Resources Manager describes the human resource management policies and practices the company follows supported by relevant material (counting for the 1/3 of the final grade). The companies included in the national Best Workplaces lists (20 companies in Greece) are automatically qualified to compete for the European list for the 100 top companies. In total more than 1.000 European companies compete every year to make the final list with the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe.

ALBA would like to congratulate the four Greek companies and invite all the Greek companies to participate to the 2008 Best Workplaces Hellas competition.