The companies with the best working environment in Greece 2013 were named on April 23, based on the results of Best Workplaces research, at event organized by Great Place to Work Institute Hellas (GPTW).
During the awards ceremony, Minister of Development and Infrastructure, Costis Hatzidakis stated that “apart from Greece of the crisis, there is Greece that does not give up, that fights and wins.”
He continued: “The companies awarded today have invested in a better working environment, contributing in boosting competitiveness.” Hatzidakis pointed out that “the private sector can create new working positions” and added that a healthy business world and the modern entrepreneur spirit can lead Greece out of the crisis.
The President of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Dimitris Daskalopoulos, reported that the awarded companies have gained this distinction by their employees. He said that such companies do not fire employees or that they have limited the manpower reduction to minimum, have not shortened the wages and have not touched the allowances.
GPTW President, Dimitris Mavros, stressed out that the institution’s aim is to sensitize the Greek companies in a better working environment’s creation through the awards ceremony. He noted that according to empirical studies, the results of companies who occupy satisfied, happy and devoted employees are reflected in the market and that they have better long-term economic performances.
The top three finishers of companies with more than 250 workers were Elais-Unilever, YGEIA Hospital and Athenian Brewery. The top smaller companies were: Microsoft-Hellas, British-American Tobacco and Melissa.
GPTW General Manager, Dimitris Ganoudis mentioned that more multinational companies participated in 2013 research. He pointed out that the research was chiefly based on employees’ point of view, who answered evaluating the management’s reliability, respect, justice, camaraderie and pride of their personal contribution.
The European Best Workplaces Awards 2013 will take place in Dublin, as Ganoudis said.