Best Employers in the Czech Republic 2006

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The Czech office of the largest global HR consulting and outsourcing firm Hewitt announced on May 26 the winners of the third year of its annual study Best Employers. Thirty-eight companies applied for participation in the study and thirty-five companies fulfilled all criteria for being included into the final ranking. Altogether, 8,375 employees took part in the employee engagement survey, which represents a total population of more than 20,000 employees.

The winner of the ranking is a publishing company Sanoma Magazines Praha.

The TOP10 Best Employers in the Czech Republic 2006 are the following companies:

  Company Industry
1 Sanoma Magazines Praha s.r.o. Publishing
2 Sun Microsystems Czech s.r.o. Information technology
3 ComAp, spol. s r.o. Electro technical industry
4 British American Tobacco (Czech Republic), s.r.o. Tobacco industry
5 MICROSOFT s.r.o. Information technology
6 GlaxoSmithKline, s.r.o. (Pharmaceuticals) Pharmaceutical industry
7 Merck spol. s r.o. Pharmaceutical industry
8 Et netera s.r.o. Information technology
9 2N TELEKOMUNIKACE a.s. Telecommunication
10 GE Money Bank, a.s. Financial services

The minimum eligibility criteria to participate in the study are at least 50 permanent employees and at least 2 years of operations in the Czech market. The participation is free of charge. More then 400 employers were directly invited to participate.

Employers are analyzed based on three aspects – feedback from their employees, company HR policies and view of the top management. The key statistics influencing the final rank of each company is the engagement of its employees. The engagement in Hewitt surveys is defined as the emotional and intellectual involvement of the employee to the company activities. It is defined by three models of behavior:

  • employees have an intense desire to be a member of the organization;
  • employees consistently speak positively about the organization to coworkers, potential employees, and customers;
  • employees exert extra effort and engage in work that contributes to business success of the company.

Employees of the TOP10 companies show very high engagement and satisfaction with their employment. Their average engagement rate is 71%, which is 18% higher than the Czech average. These companies also demonstrate a very high effectiveness of their HR policies, which are aligned with the business goals of the company and are well accepted by the employees.