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

Results of the survey into the “Best Workplaces Europe 2012”

Yesterday Great Place to Work® announced the list of 100 companies which are considered the best workplaces in Europe by their employees during a gala ceremony in Berlin. Over 250,000 employees in some 1,500 European companies participated in the survey. The HRM Centre of Vlerick Leuven Gent Management 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. Microsoft was named the best place to work in the ‘Multinationals’ category. A production unit of Tetra Pak in Italy and the Finnish IT company Futurice respectively won the top spot in the ‘Large companies’ and ‘Small and medium-sized companies’ categories.

Belgian companies are great places to work

As many as twelve Belgian ‘Best Employers’ were also included in the list of 100 Best Workplaces in Europe.

Top 25 of multinationals: 8 companies with a Belgian subsidiary
  • 1: Microsoft
  • 3: SAS Institute
  • 12: McDonald’s
  • 17: Grünenthal
  • 18: Mars
  • 21: Abbott
  • 22: Accenture
  • 24: FedEx Express
Top 25 of large companies (<500 employees): 3 Belgian companies
  • 12: Schoenen Torfs
  • 13: Accent Jobs
  • 20: Care
Top 50 of small and medium-sized companies (>500 employees): 1 Belgian company
  • 27: AE

Kirby Van Laere, HRM Centre Vlerick Business School, says: “All the companies in the top 100 had already been previously elected ‘Best Workplace’ or ‘Best Employer’ in their own country. They all have in common a powerful and visionary leadership and are committed to creating a workplace with a high-trust culture, in which employees trust the management, pride themselves on their work and have good relationships with their colleagues. This in turn gives rise to productive and customer-oriented organisations, which are crucial in today’s economic climate.

Great Place to Work® has been studying the business world for twenty years. ‘Best Workplaces’ have a better market performance and higher employee retention rates. A great workplace culture is a powerful weapon when it comes to competitiveness.

About Great Place to Work®

Great Place to Work® is 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 45 countries across the globe.

For the full list of ‘Best Workplaces Europe 2012’.

For the full list of ‘Best Employers 2012’ in Belgium

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