Global construction products manufacturer Hilti, which has its UK and Northern European headquarters in Trafford Park, Manchester has risen to 24th position in The Sunday Times ‘Best Companies to Work For’ 2014.
The achievement marks a fourth consecutive appearance and eight placements in the last 10 years for the company, which employs 615 people nationwide. The business, which was ranked 40th in 2013, achieved a three-star accreditation.
Particular praise was given to senior management, who have “a passion for people development” and “inspire others by having a very clear and understandable direction for the organisation” and “develop clear, focused priorities that drive performance and genuinely care about team members”.
In the key findings, 93% of staff agreed that the organisation is run on strong values and principles, 90% that the experience gained from the job is invaluable to their future, and 97% that they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organisation.
Every year Best Companies and the leading national Sunday broadsheet combine to celebrate the best workplaces in the UK, grading businesses according to their leadership, the environment at work and links with the communities they serve.
Jedd Lucas, Head of Human Resources, Northern Europe Region for Hilti, said: “Over 10 years I consider this our greatest achievement. Our ongoing training programme for every individual received rightful attention, mentioning specifically the Advanced Training Scheme (ATS), which remains a core focus of the business.
“One particular quote stands out above many positives, that being our staff “can make a positive contribution to the company’s success”, which at 87% was a top ten placing. We are only as good as the people we employ and the support we provide, and we will always strive to better these key factors.”
Hilti strives to ensure the environment that its employees work within is outstanding, with regular employee satisfaction surveys, personal development plans, team-building workshops and incentive schemes offered to Hilti employees.
The company also donates one percent of its global net income to the Hilti Foundation, which supports charities involved in affordable housing, community development, disaster relief and education.