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The 2004 Best Workplaces competition has been successfully concluded!!! On April 1st the Greek list with the top ten companies, regarding their workplace, was published in OECONOMICOS TAHYDROMOS. The Awards Ceremony took place on April 20th 2004, at AIGLI (ZAPPEIO). Mr. Panos Panayiotopoulos, Minister of Employment & Social Protection, honored ALBA and the competition with his presence, while the winners received awards from Mr. Ulysses Kyriacopoulos, President of the Federation of Greek Industries, and Mr. Evangelos Moutafis, Deputy Secretary General of GSEE. The list with the 10 Best Workplaces in Greece is the following:
1) Kraft Food Hellas S.A.
2) ELAIS S.A.
3) SC Johnson Hellas S.A.
4) Intracom S.A.
5) Novo Nordisk Hellas Ltd
6) Titan Cement Co S.A.
7) Genesis Pharma S.A.
8) Trofeklekt Masterfoods S.A.
9) Unilever Hellas S.A.
10) L'Oreal Hellas S.A.
The project was under the supervision of the scientific coordinator Dr. Olga Epitropaki, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, ALBA, & Academic Director of the MSc in Strategic Human Resources Management, and was organized by the ALBA Applied Research & International Projects Department.
The competition began in July 2003 when it was first announced in VIMA and OECONOMICOS TAHYDROMOS. ALBA sent invitations-letters of participation to 600 companies operating in Greece with more than 50 employees. 54 companies initially applied for participation, but eventually 50 were finally assessed. 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. 9.538 questionnaires were sent to employees of the participating companies, from which 5.686 were returned to ALBA (employees' response rate reached 60%)
The competition was sponsored by the HAY GROUP, the PRC Group, the Greek Personnel 3Management Association and the HR EXSEL - The AMROP HEVER Group. The VIMA newspaper and OECONOMICOS TAHYDROMOS magazine were media partners.
The 10 top 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 28th.
ALBA wishes to congratulate all participating companies of the Greek competition. Especially, we would like to congratulate the 10 winning companies for their ability to create a people-centered culture and promote HR practices and policies.