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Deloitte survey sets benchmarks for peers

Berthold Mukuahima, Human Capital Director of the O&L Group, presented this year’s awards to the winners in the latest Deloitte Best Company to Work For survey. The O&L Group has been using the results from this survey for seven years to benchmark their own Human Resources policies against the best in Namibia and in the SADC region.

For the past seven years, the Ohlthaver & List Group has measured its staff progress by using the Deloitte Best Company to Work For survey. This has enabled the Group to benchmark its Human Resources practices against leading organisations in Namibia and the Southern African Development Community.

The O&L Group has won this benchmark award three years in a row.
Given their proven track record, the O&L Group was invited this year to present the awards to the new winners.
O&L Group Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima, who was invited to hand the respective prizes to the winners and recipients, said: “O&L is in full support of all Namibian companies that strive to become employers of choice by creating a working environment that prioritizes the well-being of its employees. A happy employee equals a productive employee. In light of this, the O&L Group congratulates all participants and winners of the 2015 annual Deloitte Best Company To Work For survey.”
“The O&L Group has for three consecutive years won the survey as Best Company To Work For in both Namibia and the SADC region in the Large Company category. By winning the Award, O&L has experienced an increase in attracting and retaining talent. Since the results of the survey are based on the views of our employees, we have over the years, used the results to improve the working conditions and have enhanced the employment experience over time.”
This week, the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group in an official statement congratulated the 2015 winners in the Deloitte Best Company To Work For survey. The Trustco Group was voted the winner in the Large Company Category while Old Mutual and Agra took 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund scooped the number 1 spot under the Small and Medium-sized category; NAMFISA the 2nd, and Santam in 3rd place.
The O&L Group earlier this year announced that it will not participate in the survey as it was in the process of exploring new opportunities to measure its employee experience. “As the largest private employer in Namibia, the O&L Group remains committed to creating an environment that is reflective of our passionate employees’ experience. As a consecutive winner of the survey in the SADC region, we have decided to take our Employer of Choice commitment to that of a global level that would hold ourselves to even higher standards by exploring different options on a global front in which the Group can benchmark our people management practices with leading international companies. We are excited to source new and challenging employee engagement and satisfaction survey opportunities that will build on our successes to date on our journey to ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’. We remain deeply committed to being the Employer of Choice and look forward to maintaining and growing our working environment, as well as our commitment to our employees through best international practices”, said Mukuahima.
Mukuahima concluded by encouraging Namibian companies to make use of platforms such as that of the Deloitte BCTWF survey to draw inspiration in becoming better carers of employees. The O&L Group currently employs more than 5500 Namibians in its various operating companies, and aims to add an additional 4000 jobs by the year 2019.

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