Since 2002 the Initiative Top Job des Zentrums für Arbeitgeberattraktivität(Center for Employer Attractiveness) rewards medium-sized companies for their personnel policy as well as their efforts towards a healthy workplace culture. On 12 February at a festive evening event in Berlin, the two Managing Directors of the Strama-MPS Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, Herbert Wittl and Helmut Petzko, as well as HR Manager Heike Theune received the award “Top Employer 2016” from the former Federal Minister of Economics Wolfgang Clement.
The assessment by the jury includes two thirds of first-hand opinions and experiences, because the award is based on an employee satisfaction survey followed by a benchmarking by the University of St. Gallen. In the case of Strama-MPS, an innovative custom machine builder with more than 1000 employees worldwide, the self-responsibility being practiced and fostered by the management as well as the efforts towards a healthy Work-Life-Balance are particularly referred to. "From the very beginning we assign responsibility to our employees in order to challenge and motivate them at the same time. We support the decisions of each individual employee if these are justified", says Herbert Wittl, one of the Managing Directors.
The motivation of the employees is enhanced by a variety of measures. Some of them will get a performance-related pay or receive special bonuses for exceptional achievements. Team building and leadership training courses and workshops are, of course, integrated into workday routine. “We want to have employees who are also looking beyond their own backyard“, explains Wittl, „therefore we support them in raising their awareness for economic and technological issues and developments.”
At Strama-MPS great importance is attached to keeping the fluctuation low, therefore the topics Work-Life-Balance, especially the reconciliation of work and family life are at the top of the personnel agenda. There are different working time models, on request part-time work is possible, and for further education to become a technician or foreman or for private housebuilding there is the possibility of a long-term vacation. The Straubing-based high-tech company is especially proud of the high apprentice training rate of 17 %. Additional focusing on securing young talent is done in cooperation with the Universities in Deggendorf and Regensburg.
“Top Job” comparison of companies
Since 2002, medium-sized companies are using “Top Job” to work on their qualities as employer. This project also includes a quality seal that allows the best employers to make their qualities visible. The organization is coordinated by the zeag GmbH – Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität (Center for Employer Attractiveness) domiciled in Constance at the Lake of Constance. The scientific direction of the benchmarking is in the hands of Prof. Dr. Heike Bruch and her team of the Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management at the University of St. Gallen. Mentor of the project is the former Federal Minister of Economics Wolfgang Clement.
The organizer: zeag GmbH I Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität (Center for Employer Attractiveness)
The Center for Employer Attractiveness was founded in 2015. The former compamedia manager and zeag founder Silke Masurat is continuing the two projects “Ethics in Business” and “Top Job” under the umbrella of the Center for Employer Attractiveness. With these projects, zeag is accompanying medium-sized companies that already demonstrate or want to demonstrate in the medium term outstanding achievements in the areas of human resources management and corporate social responsibility.