BEST WORKPLACES 2005 - Awards Ceremony

Friday, 08/04/2005

You may download the full information package on BEST WORKPLACES IN GREECE 2005

You may download Dr. Olga Epotropaki's (Scientific Coordinator of the BEST WORKPLACES IN GREECE 2005) Presentation, on the competition's evaluation process.

The 2005 Best Workplaces in Greece competition has been successfully concluded!!!

On April 6th the 20 companies with the BEST WORKPLACES IN GREECE were awarded in a prestigious event organised by GREAT PLACE TO WORK HELLAS INSTITUTE and ALBA in AEGLI - ZAPPEIO.

The best workplaces in Greece were awarded by

-Mr. Dimitris Sioufas, Minister of Development;
-Mr. Panos Panagiotopoulos, Minister of Employment and Social Affairs;
-Mr. Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, President of the Federation of Greek Industries;
-Mr. Christos Polizogopoulos, President of the General Confederation of Greek Workers;
-Mr. Nikolaos Stefanou, General Secretary of Development;
who honoured the event with their presence.

In their addresses, the aforementioned representatives of the government and non-governmental organizations emphasized the importance of the competition for the Greek society and its positive influence to the accomplishment of the common goal of all social partners in Greece (government, employers and employees representatives) for better working conditions for all workers in Greece. Furthermore, they underlined the critical role of human capital in the effort towards the strengthening of competitiveness of Greek companies and their more productive operation in the contemporary globalized business environment. Finally, they congratulated all participating companies, and specifically the twenty best workplaces, as well as the competition organizers.

Mr. Dimitris Mavros, President, GREAT PLACE TO WORK HELLAS INSTITUTE, and Mr. Nikos Ebeoglou, President, ALBA, included in their addresses a few words on the competition's history and development;

Dr. Olga Epitropaki, Assistant Professor of Human Resources Management, ALBA, and scientific coordinator of the competition, described the evaluation process and gave important facts and valuable inside on the 2005 competition.

The awards were received by the management representatives and one company employee, who in every case expressed their happiness and pride for the awards, and claimed their satisfaction for the working conditions they face in their daily working routines.  

The list with the twenty companies - BEST WORKPLACES IN GREECE was published on March 25th in the Greek edition of THE ECONOMIST (a supplement of KATHIMERINI newspaper).

The companies with the 20 Best Workplaces in Greece are:

  1. UNILEVER HELLAS S.A
  2. ELAIS S.A
  3. SC JOHNSON HELLAS S.A
  4. PROCTER & GAMBLE HELLAS LTD.
  5. GENESIS PHARMA S.A
  6. ABBOT LABORATORIES HELLAS S.A
  7. INTERNATIONAL LIFE S.A
  8. TASTY FOODS
  9. ELINOIL S.A
  10. L'OREAL
  11. HELLENIC AEROSPACE INDUSTRY S.A
  12. CITIBANK S.A
  13. COCA-COLA 3E S.A
  14. GROUP OF COMPANIES - PISCINES IDEALES S.A
  15. BANK OF CYPRUS LTD.
  16. EMA S.A
  17. EXODUS S.A
  18. JOHNSON DIVERSEY HELLAS S.A
  19. EFG FACTORS S.A
  20. EPOM S.A / PERNOD RICARD HELLAS

The 2005 competition was organised this year by the GREAT PLACE TO WORK HELLAS INSTITUTE in cooperation with ALBA. ALBA was responsible for the evaluation of the companies while GREAT PLACE TO WORK HELLAS INSTITUTE for the organization and the promotion of the competition. Dr. Olga Epitropaki as the academic supervisor of the evaluation was the leader of the evaluating team, consisting of: Aristotelis Alexopoulos, Panagiotis Tarsinos, Valia Papadea and Zoe Kourounakou.

The competition began in July 2004 when the first announcement - call for participations was made in KATHIMERINI newspaper (competition's media partner). GREAT PLACE TO WORK HELLAS INST3ITUTE sent invitations - letters for participation to more than 3.000 companies. The only criteria of eligibility for participation in the competition are: the company to be operating in Greece and having more than 50 employees. 49 companies participated in the 2005 competition. Companies' evaluation was based on a) answers of a randomly selected sample of employees to the specially designed Great Place to Work Trust Index questionnaire and b) answers provided to a series of questions (Culture Audit) by the Head of Human Resources Department, concerning human resources management practices, training opportunities, benefits, rewards etc. The processing of the questionnaire data was conducted in Denmark by Great Place to Work Europe Institute, whereas the Culture Audit evaluation was conducted by the ALBA evaluation team, based on a specific coding system of qualitative data provided by Great Place to Work Institute. 6.424 questionnaires were sent to employees of the participating companies, from which 4.199 were returned to ALBA (employees' response rate outreached 65%)

The top 20 companies included in the Greek list will automatically participate in the European competition for the 100 BEST EUROPEAN WORKPLACES LIST. The European list will be published in FINANCIAL TIMES on April 27th.

ALBA wishes to congratulate all participating companies of the Greek competition. Especially, we would like to congratulate the 20 winning companies for their ability to create a people-centred culture and promote HR practices and policies.

For more information you may contact Ms Zoe Kourounakou ([email protected]), tel: 210 8964531.