Best Employers in the Czech Republic 2008

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On April 10, the Czech office of Hewitt Associates, the largest global HR consulting and outsourcing firm, announced the winners of the fifth year of its annual study Best Employers. 51 companies applied for participation in the study and 45 companies fulfilled all criteria for being included into the final ranking. Altogether, 8056 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 3M Czech Republic, diversified technology company.

The TOP10 Best Employers in the Czech Republic 2008 are the following companies:

  Company Industry
1 3M Czech Republic, spol. s r.o. Diversified technologies and products
2 Logos a.s. Information technologies
3 Cisco Systems (Czech Republic) s.r.o. Information technologies
4 Hilti ČR spol. s r.o. Products for construction industry
5 Microsoft, s.r.o. Information technologies
6 AQUASOFT spol. s r.o. Information technologies
7 2N TELEKOMUNIKACE a.s. Telecommunications
8 Oriflame Czech republic spol. s r.o. Cosmetics
9 GlaxoSmithKline, s.r.o. Pharmaceutical industry
10 KRKA ČR, s.r.o. Pharmaceutical industry

This year again, there are large, small, Czech and multinational companies among the Best Employers. It proves that the company name, size or company PR doesn’t make any difference for final ranking.

 What makes difference in ranking?

Employees of the TOP10 companies show very high engagement and satisfaction with their employment. The 3-year average engagement rate among the Best employers is 71%, which is 23% higher than the Czech average. Best 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.

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 ranking 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.