NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 22 – Safaricom, East African Breweries and United Nations are the country’s best companies to work for, according to a new report by Brightermonday, which surveyed 3,448 respondents made up of Kenyan employees and external surveys which targeted the public.
The BrighterMonday Best 100 Companies to Work For report places Kenya Commercial Bank, Kenya Revenue Authority and Kenya Pipeline Corporation as the fourth, fifth and sixth best companies, respectively.
According to the survey, competitive Pay Package was the topmost ranked intrinsic trait, followed by Job Security, Career Growth, Financially Stable Company and Welfare Benefits.
Respondents were asked to rank 10 extrinsic traits according to importance, namely: flexible hours, strong relatable company values and goals, open and effective management, health programs, transparent performance management, mentoring & coaching, experimentational environment, family support, diversity hiring and training.
“A salary that is equal to or higher than the industry standard is a vital determining factor for employee motivation and overall morale,” says the report.
“Employees need to know their job’s security status because they have responsibilities, hence the higher the job security level, the better,” it adds.
According to the study, wildcard traits such as talent and conducive work environment are also desired.
For instance, Forty percent of respondents voted for talent, “a company affiliated with talent is attractive and allows employees to learn from the best.
The report also finds that most Kenyans are not entirely happy with their current work situations and are willing to switch jobs.
According to the report, Kenyans aged between 25-35 are the happiest age group at work, followed by 18-24, although both age groups posed a high flight risk.
The oldest age group is the least happy group but not willing to leave their current employer.
Majority of the respondents were aged between 25-35 and 18-24, live in Nairobi and hold a bachelor’s degree.