Guinness Nigeria emerges best place to work
Guinness Nigeria Plc has won the award for the best place to work for having the most conducive environment for employees in Nigeria.
The award organised by Great Place to Work Nigeria, an affiliate of Great Place to Work Institute, San Francisco in the United States surveyed 250 firms in Nigeria, and listed top ten companies to work for in Nigeria.
Other companies who made the list of top places to work include Microsoft, Oando Plc, Accion Microfincance Bank Limited and Skye Bank Plc, among others.
The Great Place To Work Institute is a global research and consulting firm specialising in the analyses, selection and publication of Best Workplace lists. The Institute defines great workplaces as companies where employees trust their colleagues, take pride in their work and enjoy the relationship with the people they work with.
Guinness Nigeria also won the award of “Best Multinational Company in Nigeria, according to a statement signed by Ngozi Ife Anene, its Corporate Communications Manager
Sesan Sobowale Corporate Relations Director Guinness Nigeria who accepted the awards on behalf of the Managing Director Devlin Hainsworth said, “Guinness Nigeria is proud to receive these awards. One of our company values is the freedom to succeed; this allows us to trust one another, fosters openness and creates an enabling environment to succeed as a company. We strive to create mutually fulfilling partnerships between our employees and the company. This award means we are doing the right thing and stands for the united spirit of Guinness Nigeria.”
According to the statement, Guinness Nigeria, established in 1950, is Nigeria’s leading beverage manufacturing company with a staff strength of 1450 employees. The companyplays a leading role in the socio-economic development of its host communities through the provision of clean potable water (the Diageo Water of Life initiative), the establishment of two Guinness Eye hospitals and scholarship programmes for young school leavers in its host communities.
Kunle Malomo, Managing Director Great Place to Work in Nigeria stated that the selection criteria for the Best Place to Work awards included the Trust Index and Culture Audit. He also said that trust, which can be defined as credibility, fairness and respect, plays an important role in employee engagement. “By raising the level of trust in the work place, companies can improve their business results as business development and innovation largely depend on trust”, he explained.
According to the Chairman Great Place to Work in Nigeria Ghandi Olaoye , the top 20 of the over 250 firms surveyed for the Best Place to Work Institute awards are being entered into a global data-base where their performance will be benchmarked against other companies in 46 countries globally. Employees of the participating companies are now part of a global employee pool of over two million people who took part in the Trust Index survey, reputed to be the largest in the world.