On 16 March, the Great Place to Work® Institute Belgium once again announced the Best Workplaces™ in Belgium. The results are mainly based on the opinions of the employees in the companies concerned. The survey is conducted annually by the Great Place to Work® Institute Belgium in collaboration with Vlerick Business School and media partner Jobat.
Great places to work are characterised by a high degree of trust, combined with meaningful values and impactful leadership. A unique feature of this approach is the fact that the evaluation by the employees takes precedence. The Great Place to Work® Institute looks at companies from two perspectives: an employee survey examines how employees regard the level of trust, pride and collegiality in their company. The list of Best Workplaces is composed according to the ‘For All’ methodology, with a focus on creating a great place to work for all within the organisation.
|Small and medium-sized organisations|
Dirk Buyens, professor of Human Resources at Vlerick Business School says, “During the most recent cycle of the Great Place to Work survey, organisations have been confronted with major challenges. As a result, some have made the choice to focus on different priorities. At the same time, we saw that a crisis like last year's had a considerable impact on the results. On the one hand, many organisations succeeded in enhancing the level of trust. Despite these difficult times, they were able to show their employees that they were there for them as employers. This was particularly true of small and medium-sized enterprises. On the other hand, it turned out to be very difficult for some organisations to keep in touch with everyone.”
Small things can make all the difference, even – and especially – during times of crisis. A small selection of inspiring practices:
Protime - Special Award for ‘Communicating in Corona Times’
Transparency, proactivity, clarity and repetition. This is what makes Protime's crisis communication strong. As a result of the digital acceleration, their pre-coronavirus approach grew into a modern way of doing business. Initiatives such as a CEO webcast, frequent team leader calls, podcasts and a coronavirus roadmap were created this year, to ensure that important messages reached as many Protimers as possible without delay.
Nominees: ACCENT Jobs, Axxes
Het Poetsbureau – Special Award for ‘Connecting in Corona Times’
The coronavirus crisis brings with it a different kind of connectedness, connectedness because we are all worried and uncertain about the future. With their red-hot Coronavirus helpline and revised multilingual and digital communication strategy, Het Poetsbureau has tried to eliminate this uncertainty among their employees. Already known for their family approach, this year they switched to being a warm, digitally connected family that didn’t miss a single opportunity to celebrate (online).
Nominees: AE, Technord
Dela – Special Award for ‘Caring in Corona Times’
The funeral sector has experienced the difficulties of the coronavirus crisis from the front row and has had to reinvent itself several times. The value of entrepreneurship, inherent in every DELA employee, has resulted – even during this past year – in creative ways of making care part of the DELA DNA. Not only do they care for their own employees, by providing sufficient protective equipment and psychological support, they also care for customers, by supporting them during their difficult and lonely farewells.
Nominees: EASI, Roche Pharmaceuticals