Leading employers unveiled

2012-09-06 10:17

It’s official: Old Mutual, Microsoft South Africa and MTN Group are the best employers in South Africa, according to the CRF Institute’s yearly Best Employers Certification Index for 2012/13.

The institute announced yesterday that this is the first year that the Best Employers rating has certified three top category leaders, each one heading up its size category: Old Mutual in the Giants category (for companies with more than 10 001 employees), MTN in the Large category (1 001 to 10 000 staff) and Microsoft SA in the Medium category (up to 1 000).

A total of 73 organisations were certified this year – the largest number since the Best Employer campaign began in South Africa in 1997.

Samantha Crous, the country manager for CRF Institute, said in a statement: “This increase in certifications indicates a promising rise in awareness that excellent HR (human resources) practices can give companies a competitive advantage, particularly in the context of a combative labour market and increasingly complex business environment.”

Certification standards are rigorous and not all companies who apply are successful.

About 12% of participants this year did not meet the criteria after a thorough, objective assessment of key drivers, practices and policies.

“The review considers general criteria such as financial and non-monetary benefits, working conditions, training and career development, and company culture,” said Crous.

Specifically, employers were scored in the following areas: organisation strategy, the HR function, communication, diversity management, corporate social responsibility, knowledge management, talent management and engagement, performance management and rewards and recognition.

With the findings independently audited by Grant Thornton South Africa, the results were announced in Johannesburg on Tuesday evening.

“In a climate where companies expect more than ever from their employees, it is gratifying to see that top employers are realising the value of and investing in their relationships with employees, and the people component of the triple bottom line,” Crous said.

“Developing and growing potential is one of the primary features of a Best Employer.”

– Fin24

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