4 facts that show the actual power of the Top Employer Certification

Posted by David Plink on Wed, Jun 3, 2015

We conducted a study in 12 different countries in 2015 to showcase the power of the Top Employers Certification Seal. What specific impact does the Top Employer Certification Seal have on the attractiveness and image of a potential employer? How does a certification seal influence the attitude of a prospective employee towards a potential employer? How do young professionals perceive organisations that are certified as a Top Employer?

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Topics: Culture

Open all hours: The intercontinental workplace.

Posted by Eleanor Nickerson on Wed, Feb 18, 2015

The world has changed significantly in the last few decades. When I was a kid, all of my extended family were in Canada, 5 time zones away. To catch up on news, we would write monthly letters, or twice a year my grandparents actually recorded messages on reel-to reel audio cassette tapes for us to listen to, that took about two weeks to arrive by mail. The idea of companies working in real-time across far greater time zones than that was unimaginable. However, in the last decade, this has become the norm, and at Top Employers, we are seeing this grow each year.

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Topics: Culture

What Top Employers can reveal about HR communication channels

Posted by Mariam Pedreira on Wed, Dec 10, 2014

It has become increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd when offering newly developed products and services, which has made corporate culture an essential element of success. Analyses conducted worldwide by the Top Employers Institute show that cultural and organisational changes have become some of the main priorities for HR elements of global companies. It has also been observed that communication is the keystone to implement these changes successfully.

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Topics: Culture

Don’t let budget get in the way of engaging your employees

Posted by Alessio Tanganelli, Country Manager Italy on Tue, Dec 2, 2014

Engagement is the recipe for ending the crisis and pushing the restart button. Motivating employees is the top priority of companies, as documented in the research of the Top Employers Institute. This includes an increase in mission courses and a focus on facilitated career planning, as well as increased attention in creating an optimum work environment, a “competitive element that can encourage not only personal growth, but also growth of the business”.

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Topics: Workforce planning & Talent strategy, Culture

The nature of great CSR programs.

Posted by Alessio Tanganelli, Country Manager Italy on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Our certification programme results reveals a 12% growth for sustainable practices and environmental certifications. Of the 79% of companies participating in CSR programs, 56% choose sustainable suppliers and 48% require training programs for employees and stakeholders. This also means more involvement and active participation by top managers, rather than more traditional charitable activities.

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Topics: Culture

Six ways to optimize your Top Employer status

Posted by Rachida Haddi on Wed, Oct 8, 2014

How exactly do Top Employers deploy their powers of seduction? Career sites, social networks, internal recruitment…? Since recruiting is one of the top priorities of Top Employers, they use a varied range of tactics to first inform, then convince, and finally secure “top talent”. It is essential for them to get a jump on their potential rivals by inventing the most effective forms of message content. Here is the proof….

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Topics: Culture

Four reasons why you should integrate your core values into your HR strategy!

Posted by Salvador Ibanez on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Social networks encourage more transparent communication, meaning that consumers are more critical and better informed. Furthermore, younger generations entering the professional world are attaching more and more importance to the values of the companies for which they work and the general public is committed to ending unethical behaviour.

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Topics: Culture

How to prevent your employees from suffering burn-out

Posted by Steven van Raemdonck on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Since September 1st 2014, the term ''burn out'' was officially recognized in Belgian employment legislation. Mechelen Belgium, September 3rd - Since an amendment was announced in which employers are required to take measures against burnout among their employees, not a day passes without this hot topic showing up in an article somewhere. Since September 1st, the new legislation has become fact. How have Belgian Top Employers handled burnout among their employees prior to and since the new legislation?

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Topics: Culture

Why it's time to prioritise employee engagement

Posted by Victoria Alcober on Wed, Sep 3, 2014

Look it up in a dictionary and you will find ''Engage: Occupy or attract (someone's interest or attention). Participate or become involved in". A lovely word. A fantastic idea. A dream for many businesses. A reality of everyday life for others. But above all, a goal to keep in mind if you want your company to be healthy and fit.

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Topics: Culture

Four steps to maximize your Employee Value Proposition

Posted by Hans Rothweiler on Wed, Aug 6, 2014

Your Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is defined by what you offer your employees. A well-defined career path, a prime location, excellent primary benefits, and so forth. What do your employees get from you in return for their time, their efforts and their engagement?

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Topics: Culture

HR Analytics to present to the board

Posted by Hans Rothweiler on Mon, Jun 30, 2014

In building a strong employer brand that is more than just a label, the first question to be answered is: ‘Do HR and Executive Management really create the conditions within the organisation that will attract, engage and retain top talent?’ The second question would be: ‘How can we positively influence the perception of these conditions among talent within as well as outside the company?’ To answer these questions HR could learn from marketing by adopting HR market analytics, which can provide insights to managing talent in a structured way.

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Topics: Culture, Employer Branding

What do Top Employers in Africa 2014 say

Posted by Samantha Crous on Wed, Jun 18, 2014

While challenges abound for any company extending its reach into Africa, The Top Employers Africa 2014 Certification Programme shows that HR plays a vital role in bridging gaps and ensuring that both business and employee needs are met. The Top Employers Africa 2014 Certification results published today shows that leading employers in Africa continue to invest heavily in developing their people and that this is a key part of their growth strategy on the continent.

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Topics: Culture

Happiness can be profitable

Posted by David Plink on Wed, Jun 11, 2014

By investing in their Employer Brand, Top Employers invest in engaging and recruiting happy people. Stimulating happiness is not a soft relict from the seventies, but turns out to be one of the key indicators for high performing companies.

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Topics: Culture, Employer Branding

Communicate with your staff via Social media

Posted by Samantha Crous on Tue, May 13, 2014

Social media is becoming more and more pervasive and has already been entrenched as a tool for external marketing. But what about internal communication? New research shows it might be groundbreaking there as well.

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Topics: Culture, Employer Branding

Diversity is consolidated as a critical success factor

Posted by Salvador Ibanez on Wed, Apr 9, 2014

Diversity management has been consolidated as a strategic priority for Human Resources of the Top Employers in Spain, in Europe and all over the world. In fact, in our country the percentage of certified companies in which key performance indicators on this matter are reported to executive management has gone from 59% in 2013 to 69% this year. Besides this, the number of organizations that have diversity as one of their specific responsibilities is growing.

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Topics: Culture

Personalise your development programmes to improve employee engagement

Posted by Salvador Ibanez on Wed, Mar 26, 2014

Best in class organisations around the globe are redefining their development programmes to adapt themselves to globalisation, emerging communication technologies and growing specialisation.

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Topics: Career & Succession management, Culture

Strict selection process in the Netherlands

Posted by Aernoudt van der Wilk on Wed, Mar 5, 2014

A research conducted by the Top Employers Institute on more than 500 companies across Europe shows that Dutch companies have a very extensive application process. Dutch employers, in half of the cases use IQ tests and role playing during the interview, while in the rest of Europe this occurs less often.

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Topics: Workforce planning & Talent strategy, On-boarding, Culture

5 examples why you should engage in CSR?

Posted by Rachida Haddi on Tue, Nov 26, 2013

In the past, whenever I heard about CSR, it sounded to me either like the latest trendy topic, or a blatant communication tool. I've changed my mind about it though – there are indeed good deeds worth promoting. The following examples of engagement struck me the most.

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Topics: Culture

Have you seen the ROI of HR? Video

Posted by Hans Rothweiler on Wed, Oct 16, 2013

CEO’s often claim that “Human Capital is their most important asset..”. But if human capital truly is an asset, why doesn’t it appear on the balance sheet?

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Topics: Culture

Is working from home a bad thing?

Posted by Nicolas Andre on Tue, Sep 17, 2013

This morning, the first thing I did was to make myself a coffee. The second was to check my emails. That way working from home starts straight away. It appears I have a few projects going on in Asia and, due to the time difference, we overlap for very few working hours a day. Also, there was an urgent message from an HR Director asking for some details. If I’d waited to be in the office to answer, without checking my emails with my coffee, this HRD would have had to wait until the next day, and surely would have had a negative experience as a result. Instead, he actually came back to me a bit later, thanking me for my efforts.

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Topics: Culture