Best companies to work for announced

26 Sep 2013 11:11

WINDHOEK, 26 SEP (NAMPA) - The top performers in Deloitte?s 2013 ?Best Company to Work For? survey were announced in the capital on Thursday morning. This was the third time the survey was conducted in Namibia and it was conducted under the banner ?Making Africa a better place to work?. Santam Namibia, which participated in the survey for the first time, was announced as the best medium-sized company to work for, while the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund (MVA) was voted the second-best. AFROX, which also participated for the first time, was the third best medium-sized company to work for. In the large-sized company category the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies took first place, followed by Old Mutual Namibia in second place and Agra in third place. Last year?s recipients of the top awards included the MVA (best medium-sized company to work for), and the Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies (best large-sized company), a participant in the survey since 2008 and top performer in the southern African region in 2012 in the large-sized category. The survey aims to identify and celebrate the best companies to work for across the southern African region as rated by the companies? employees. ?The results of the survey in Namibia this year and over the past two years indicates that the participating Namibian companies go the extra mile to understand their employees and to provide an employment experience that is on par, or even better than, the employment experience provided by companies in the region,? Ramsay McDonald, partner at Deloitte and head of the Best Company to Work For survey in Namibia said during the event. The survey, launched in South Africa in 2001, was extended to Namibia in 2011 and has attracted great interest from companies who wanted to ascertain how their employees viewed their performance on a variety of criteria. This year the survey was conducted in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Kenya. Besides the benefits of industry, size category and regional benchmarking, each participating organisation gains invaluable insights into the reported employment priorities and experiences of its employees which can serve as the basis to optimise their overall employment experience and thereby, enhance the organisation?s performance and status as a recognised employer of choice. Providing some background to the 2013 survey, McDonald noted that this year?s survey included four new companies, representing the biggest increase in new participants since the survey?s inception in Namibia. In total, 12 local companies participated in this year?s survey, which is two more than during last year?s survey. Deloitte gave recognition to Agra, AFROX, Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC), the MVA, NamPower, the Ohlthaver & List Group, Old Mutual and Santam for achieving an average score greater than, or equal to, the Deloitte benchmark for the standard of excellence. The benchmark score is an average overall score of more than 3.7 across the 10 dimensions surveyed. Achieving this score means the company?s employees are mostly positive about all 10 dimensions and 44 questions surveyed. The Ohlthaver & List Group of Companies was also recognised for their participation in the survey for the past five years. During the 2011 to 2012 survey period, Namibia not only scored above the 3.7 benchmark, but also showed an improvement from 3.80 to 3.94 on its overall scoring. The 2013 results surpassed those of last year with the average score achieved reaching 4.0. ?This year?s results are excellent, but work still needs to be done on closing the gap between employees and employers in understanding what people value,? said Hein Nienaber, Deloitte?s Associate Director Human Capital. A conference at which the overall results of the Namibian 2013 survey and key trends, challenges and opportunities will be presented is set to take place on 20 November this year. (NAMPA) MK/AS