Press Conference took place on April 30, 2009
Which are the top 20 workplaces in Greece? What are their characteristics? How do they inspire and motivate their employees? What do employees have to say about these companies? What should other companies learn from the example of the 20 Best Workplaces in Greece?
The answers to these questions can be found in the special supplement of 'To Vima' newspaper of Sunday, 5 April 2009 here
The list of the 20 Best Workplaces in Greece has been developed by the Great Place to Work Institute Hellas with the scientific supervision of the Applied Research and Innovation Department of ALBA Graduate Business School.
For the first time this year, the top20 list has been divided in two sub-lists: The top10 of companies with 50-250 employees and the top10 with more than 250 employees. The 20 Best Workplaces in Greece are automatically included in the evaluation process for the top 100 list of the Best Workplaces in Europe.
The top 10 (50-250 employees) with the Best Workplace in Greece for 2009 are:
1. Piscines Ideales
2. Microsoft Hellas
3. Bristol-Myers Squibb
4. Cisco Hellas
7. 3M Hellas MEPE
8. Genesis Pharma
10. Johnson Diversey Hellas
The top 10 (more than 250 employees) with the Best Workplace in Greece for 2009 are:
1. Coca-Cola HBC Greece
2. Abbott Laboratories Hellas
3. Millennium Bank
4. Tasty Foods
5. Hewlett-Packard Hellas
6. Club Hotel Casino Loutraki
8. Hellenic Postbank
9. Marfin Egnatia Bank
The Awards Ceremony took place on Wednesday, 29 April 2009 at 'Megaron, The Athens Concert Hall', whereas on Thursday, 30 April 2009 a Press Conference took place at the same venue.
Ms. Fani Palli Petralia, Minister of Employment & Social Protection, Mr. Kostis Chatzidakis, Minister of Development and Mr. Konstantinos Mihalos, President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry also attended the event and presented some of the top awards.
During his speech, Mr. Chatzidakis highlighted that, “It is crucial for businesses to operate according to rules and regulations, as does a good workplace. There are companies with good financial results that occasionally comprise a good workplace; however, companies that are great workplaces always present great financial results. This Awards Ceremony is a message for more enterprises to follow in this direction.”
Ms. Palli Petralia mentioned that, “Conscious of their social responsibility, businesses invest in human resources, support their associates and employees by creating a high-calibre working environment… The crisis has clearly proven that businesses should not alienate themselves from actual employee needs. I believe that we are now paying the price of financial greed and unethical profit, and this price is enormous... A modern, dynamic and efficient company must demonstrate its sensitivity, team spirit and genuine interest in its employees. It should demonstrate a culture of entrepreneurship, which is an indicator of the business ethics of a company.”