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The Top Employers Institute has listed 8 organisations as best employers in Africa. The Institute announced earlier this month companies including Abbvie, Becton Dickinson, DHL, EY, G4S, Old Mutual, Orange (including Orange Business Services Egypt and Mobinil) and Unilever as top employers in the continent.

“We are delighted by the increase we have seen in companies participating in the Top Employers Africa 2016 Certification Programme,” says Samantha Crous, Top Employers Institute regional director: Africa and Benelux. “This indicates the growing number of organisations seeing the benefits of being recognised for good HR practices and efforts in creating optimal working conditions for employees.”

Crous added that as African economies continue to grow exponentially, corporates are investing more in their people and practices to help them ride the wave of economic growth in these regions.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, the Top Employers Institute annually conducts a Certification Programme in over 100 countries around the world.

Top Employers are able to use the certification seal on their official communications.

Recent research conducted by MWM2 marketing agency shows that 60 percent of those polled indicated a more positive perception of an employer that had been awarded the Top Employers Certification Seal.

“This is a fantastic achievement for the organisation. We are very proud to have once again been recognised for our innovative initiatives and our commitment to our people,” says Johanna Mapharisa, EY Africa Talent Leader.

Gitahi Gachahi, EY Eastern Africa leader, added EY believes that effective leadership comes as a result of succeeding through others – our people.

“Talent is key to our company’s success hence we believe retaining our people has enabled us to develop a highly engaged workforce. We effectively retain talent by offering training and development opportunities, providing defined responsibility.”

Key trends to emerge from the research results for 2016 include that more companies are placing value on measuring the effectiveness of different areas within HR such as leadership and development, talent strategy, career and succession management, on boarding and performance management.

“We constantly measure how effectively we implement these principles, tracking things like how many of our employees get promoted, how effectively we are building an inclusive culture, how many of our employees are going on international assignments, etcetera, and this gets reviewed at board level. These are not just HR measures; these are company measures of success,” says Unilever HR future leader James Hu.

A recent McKinsey and Company report indicated that measuring the effectiveness of HR investment, for instance in training programmes, was one of the biggest challenges facing businesses around the world. Almost 20 percent of surveyed companies said their companies didn’t attempt to measure effectiveness at all and only 13 percent tried to quantify the financial return on their training investment.

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