On Wednesday evening, I attended the Top Employers annual certification dinner, which recognised the 71 organisations that have been awarded a place on this year’s list – in a setting that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a Harry Potter novel.
The employers recognised this year included: Asda, Estee Lauder Companies, Harrods, DFS, Manchester Metropolitan University, Vauxhall, Whitbread, Pfizer, Travis Perksin, Santander, Phoenix Group, HCL, Cognizant, Volkswagen, Heineken and DHL, among many others.
The accreditation is based on in-depth analysis of how each organisation performs in nine key areas: workforce planning; on-boarding; learning and development; performance management; leadership development; career and succession management; compensation and benefits; and culture.
While the roll call of success featured a diverse range of organisations drawn from all industry sectors, they all had one thing in common: all strive to go the extra mile to create a culture and environment where employees want to be and can thrive.
As well as the public recognition of the organisation as a good place to work that comes with such accreditation, the evening also enabled the teams responsible for devising and implementing the strategies and policies behind their success to celebrate their own personal achievements.
Given that these are the people who are so often responsible for the motivation and engagement of the many employees within their organisation, having the chance to take stock and celebrate their own achievements is an important part of the process.