The Champions: The companies that are worth working for

Wednesday, 05/02/2003

ALBA has been invited by the Great Place to Work Europe consortium to undertake the first EU-sponsored competition for the 10 Best Workplaces in Greece. ALBA is assigned with the role of research partner, with media partners Oekonomikos Tachydromos weekly review & To Vima daily newspaper.

The competition is currently running at a European level, aiming at identifying the 100 best Workplaces in Europe.

As research partner, ALBA's role was to collect and process data, so as to come up with the first annual list of the best workplaces in Greece. The process included the mailing of survey questionnaires to all participating companies, the data collection and the evaluation phase. Participating workplaces will at the same time participate in the European competition and three companies will be honored with special prizes for their efforts and results in the fields of gender equality, diversity and lifelong learning.

The project is under the supervision of scientific coordinator Dr. Olga Epitropaki , Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at ALBA.

By undertaking the competition in Greece, ALBA's contribution will be to increase awareness regarding the strategic importance of human resources issues in the Greek business community, as well as to encourage Greek companies to engage in an ongoing process for improving their HR practices.

All participating workplaces will experience a number of advantages. Winning companies will enjoy great publicity which will lead to more visibility to future employees, more and better qualified job applications, a larger degree of pride and higher satisfaction among existing employees as well as a lower rate of staff turnover. Companies that do not win will also experience advantages from participating, as they will receive a confidential feedback report that will help them improve and increase their chances of winning the next competition.

This project is under the wings of the Applied Research & International Projects Department (ARIP) at ALBA.

The evaluation phase has been completed and results will be announced on March 1st in 'Oeconomicos Tahydromos' and on March 2nd in 'TO VIMA TIS KYRIAKIS'. An awarding ceremony for the Greek winners will take place on March 6th in Athens. The Ten Best Workplaces in Greece will compete with the winners of other European countries, in order to identify the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe. The 100 best companies will be awarded in Brussels by the EC Commissioner Ms. Anna Diamantopoulou on March 27th.