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HR Business Network members among the best

The Best Companies to Work For 2011 list has been announced, and many HR Business Network members are high in the charts.

This year’s rankings have been published in the Sunday Times, looking at leadership, well-being and opportunities for personal growth within organisations.

Boots Opticians topped the ‘big companies’ list, UKRD Group Limited was ranked number one for ‘mid companies’, and Brand Learning was at the top spot for ‘small companies’.

Organisations were rated for how employees felt about their leaders, their direct managers, and their colleagues, training and future prospects, pay and benefits.

HR Business Network members featured prominently in all the lists, including British Gas, Marriott Hotels International, Bourne Leisure, Iceland, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCooper, Sewell, Luminus and Sytner Group.

Synter was ranked third in the largest category, and Mel Rogers, Director of Human Resources, told HR Business Network: “Results show that our senior managers truly live the values of the firm, line managers talk honestly and openly and employees are completely clear about what is expected of them.

“I am fortunate enough to be supported by a dedicated team of HR managers who are field-based. They really understand the business and are able to intuitively add value at the grass roots.

“Our divisional structure enables us to stay connected with the business and I am sure this is part of the formula to us sustaining such levels of engagement. We expect high levels of respect and integrity within everything that we do and I believe the consistency and good judgement exercised makes a real difference. The HR team concentrates on getting the basics right and making sure we remain focused in striving to be the best company to work for.”

Susan Yell, HR director for Iceland Foods Limited, told HR Business Network that she was proud of her organisation’s position.

She said that the ranking was a fantastic hook for them to advertise themselves as an employer, defining their status as an employer of choice. Iceland believes it allows them to target and recruit the best candidates in the market place, and sometimes encourages potential candidates to reassess their perception of the brand.

Chan Abraham, Group Chief Executive of another HR Business Network member Luminus, said “Being number one in the country for wellbeing and number two validates our approach to the way we lead and manage our employees. We focus on training and development and help our people to be aware of the bigger picture in all they do.

“Employees know where their leaders are going and we actively engage them with our vision making them better equipped to deliver excellent results.”

What do you think about the lists? Does a high ranking have an effect through the entire company, or do you think it’s just a superficial accolade?