Belgian companies score well on the list of best workplaces in Europe

Results of the “Best Workplaces Europe 2015”

On Thursday 4 June, Great Place to Work® Institute announced the list of 100 companies which are considered the best workplaces in Europe by their employees during a gala ceremony in Luxembourg. Over 1,573,700 employees in over 2,300 European companies participated in the survey. Vlerick Business School is the Belgian partner of Great Place to Work®.

The European Top 100 is a combination of three rankings: a top 25 of European multinationals, a top 25 of large European companies, and a top 50 of small and medium-sized European companies. Netapp was named the best place to work in the ‘Multinationals’ category. The top spot in the ‘Large companies’ and ‘Small and medium-sized companies’ categories went to consultancy company Davidson from France and the Swedish IT company Cygni, respectively.

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Belgian companies are great places to work

No less than 11 Belgian ‘Best Workplaces’ are also included in the list of 100 Best European Workplaces.

Top 25 of multinationals: 6 companies with a Belgian subsidiary

  • 6: SAS Institute
  • 7: Mars
  • 13: Adecco Group
  • 18: AbbVie
  • 19: McDonald’s
  • 24: Monsanto

Top 25 of large companies (<500 employees): 2 Belgian companies

  • 2: Schoenen Torfs
  • 3: Accent Jobs

Top 50 of small and medium-sized companies (>500 employees): 3 Belgian companies

  • 17: EASI
  • 44: AE
  • 49: Protime

Kristien Van Bruystegem, Vlerick Business School: “All of the companies in the Top 100 have also previously been chosen ‘Best Workplace’ in their own countries. What unites them is powerful and visionary leadership and a commitment to create a work environment in which employees trust management, are proud of what they do, and have a good rapport with their co-workers. These qualities translate into productive and customer-oriented organisations, which are essential in the current economic climate.

Analysis of the 58 Trust Index© statements that are used in the survey at the European level indicates that the following 5 aspects have the largest influence on the final statement: ‘Overall, I can say that this is a very good organisation to work for’:

1. This is a psychologically and emotionally healthy place to work.
2. Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
3. This is a fun place to work.
4. I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
5. Managers avoid playing favourites.

Given the fact that employees are often asked to ‘do more with less’ these days, this might not be surprising. Attention to well-being in the workplace turns out to be essential. This is reinforced by trustworthy management that supports its employees by providing them with the right resources and treating them fairly.

About Great Place to Work®

For 25 years, Great Place to Work® Institute has been a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organisations improve their performance by identifying, creating and sustaining great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures. Great Place to Work® serves businesses, non-profits and government agencies in more than 50 countries across the globe. 

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