BEST WORKPLACES 2006 - Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 12/04/2006

The 2006 Best Workplaces in Greece competition has been successfully concluded.

On April 11, 2006, 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. Savvas Tsitouridis, Minister of Employment & Social Protection
-Mr. Dimitris Kontos, Secretary General, Ministry of Employment & Social Protection
-Mr. Ioannis Drapaniotis, General Manager, Federation of Greek Industries

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.

Moreover, Mr. Dimitris Mavros, President, GREAT PLACE TO WORK HELLAS INSTITUTE, Mr. Spyros Dessylas, Managing Director, ELAIS S.A., and Mr. Nikos Ebeoglou, President, ALBA, included in their addresses a few words on the competition's history and development.

Mr. Dimitris Ganoudis, Senior Consultant, Great Place to Work Institute Hellas, and Dr. Olga Epitropaki, Associate Professor of Human Resources Management, ALBA, and scientific coordinator of the competition, described the evaluation process and gave important facts and valuable insights related to the 2006 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 companies with the Best Workplaces in Greece are:
1st    COLGATE PALMOLIVE HELLAS
2nd   PISCINES IDEALES
3rd    GENESIS PHARMA
4th    WYETH HELLAS
5th    PROCTER & GAMBLE HELLAS
6th    CHIPITA INTERNATIONAL
7th    CADBURY HELLAS
8th    ATHENIAN BREWERY
9th    INTERNATIONAL LIFE
10th  CITIBANK 
11th  TNT (HELLAS)
12th  UCB
13th  DELTA HOLDING
14th  EMA
15th  DIAGEO HELLAS
16th  JOHNSON & JOHNSON HELLAS MEDICAL PRODUCTS
17th  XEROX HELLAS
18th  BEE CULTURING CO. ''ATTIKI''- ALEXANDROS PITTAS
19th  FRIESLAND FOODS HELLAS
20th  AIG HELLAS

The twenty companies of the Greek Best Workplaces list will automatically compete with the other awarded companies from fifteen European countries for the list of the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe. The European list will be published in the Financial Times and the companies with the Best Workplaces in Europe will receive their prizes in a highly prestigious event in Berlin, Germany on May 17, 2006.

ALBA wishes to congratulate all participating companies of the Greek competition. Especially, we would like to congratulate the twenty winning companies for their efforts to create a people-centred culture and promote human resources management practices and policies.

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