Craft Silicon Is Kenya's Best Employer
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) CRAFT Silicon is the best company to work for in Kenya, a survey by consultant Deloitte shows.
The research conducted on 17 companies operating in Kenya also revealed a big disparity between employers and employees on what they think is important to retain talent.
This year's best company to work for awards, which is the second edition, was themed war for talent. Procter and Gamble was ranked second while deposit taking micro financier KWFT was number three. In the banking sector Family Bank was named best organisation to work for.
"The best company to work for is where very few people say thank God its Friday and i hate Mondays...if your employees are too thrilled on Friday and suicidal on Monday they are not motivated to work for you," said Sunny Bhindra a management consultant who was key speaker at the award ceremony held yesterday.
THE software development company comprising mostly of young employees said its workers are motivated because they work in a relaxed environment where performance is measured through targets.
"We call our company Craft Silicon Campus. Most of our employees are young people who get bored very fast and they cannot be put restricted to a desk job working from eight to five in an office," said company representative Priya Budhabatti shortly after receiving the award.
"That is why we focus on targets and you can work from the garden, gym, anywhere as long as you meet your target..we have a swimming pool as well as other recreation facilities and we engage in many sports activities at the work place."
"When our employees are happy, our clients are automatically happy," she said.
On talent retainment most employers said it was payment package that matters while employees ranked job satisfaction which entails good working relationships, right tools and atmosphere for working
Deloitte's consulting director KImani Njoroge said while payment of employees is an important factor, it cannot help a company retain talent.
He added that good performance of employees also results in good company performance and growth hence the need for employers to have a motivated work force.
Some of the challenges cited in the survey include a rising wage bill for top management caused by few skilled workers who can successfully handle a company leadership position.
"Organisations are not developing a pipeline of leaders and such when they leave there are fewer people to take up this posts," said Njoroge adding that career and skills development among the low ranking employees needs to be improved.
Njoroge said the huge disparity between salaries of top management and that of junior employees was a major concern and can cause unhappiness at the work place.
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