Guinness Nigeria has won the award for the “Best Place to Work” for having the most conducive environment for employees in Nigeria, with First bank as second best place to work.
Guinness, the makers of Foreign Extra Stout, Malta Guinness, Smirnoff-Ice among other drinks beat over 250 other Nigerian firms to win the award.
The yearly award is organised by Great Place To Work Nigeria, an affiliate of Great Place to Work Institute, San Francisco, California, United States.
“Great Place to Work” institute is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high-trust workplace cultures.
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.
The high profile awards ceremony took place at the Civic Centre, Lagos and was attended by a host of blue chip companies such as First Bank, Fidelity Bank, Accenture and Access Bank Plc among others.
Guinness Nigeria also won the award of “Best Multinational Company in Nigeria”.
President of Diageo Africa and Vice Chairman Guinness Nigeria, Nick Blazquez, congratulated Guinness Nigeria, stating that winning the award reflects the hard work and commitment to creating a great work environment which has a positive impact on employees.
“Guinness Nigeria is a great company and we are encouraged to do more for Nigeria”.
Corporate Relations Director, Guinness Nigeria, Sesan Sobowale, 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”.
Managing Director, Great Place to Work in Nigeria, Kunle Malomo, stated that the 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.
10 Best Workplaces in Nigeria according to Great Place to Work® for 2012
1. GUINNESS NIGERIA PLC
2. First Bank of Nigeria Plc
3. Guaranty Trust Assurance Plc
4. ACCENTURE NIGERIA
5. Fidelity Bank Plc
6. Lagos Business School
7. FITC Financial Institutions Training Center
8. TOTAL NIGERIA
9. Access Bank Plc
10. GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER