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O&L Group as top tier employer recognised by international survey for second consecutive year

O&L Group as top tier employer recognised by international survey for second consecutive year

The Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group thrived in the global Great Place To Work (GPTW) United Kingdom (UK) survey, and was just certified a Great Place To Work following the 2020 Assessment.

The international GPTW Survey is conducted annually to gain insight into employee experiences and trust in leadership, and the features that constitute excellent workplace culture.

The GPTW Assessment consists of two sections, the first being the Employee Trust Index Survey, comprised of 58 core statements concerning trust. The O&L Group achieved an overall score of 68% in the Employee Trust Index Survey, surpassing this year’s newly introduced international benchmark of 65% for top workplaces. A score of 82% was measured for Employee Engagement in the Group, with 7% separating the Group from the World’s Best 25 Workplaces.

O&L Group Manager: Employee Engagement, Sonja Thieme said, “I am truly delighted with these results. It is encouraging to see the fruits of our efforts in creating an environment in which trust and employee wellbeing are prioritized.

The second part of the Assessment consists of the Culture Audit in which the O&L Group achieved an overall score of 64%. As part of the Culture Audit, the Group made headway in areas including Trust in Management and Pay and Empowerment, with its greatest strengths being Purpose at Work, Pride, Intention to Stay and Motivation. Moving forward, continued dedication will also be directed toward Care for Others, Ethics and Honesty, Trust and Offering Feedback while Recognizing Success.

O&L Group Executive Chairman, Sven Thieme said, “We can all be proud of this achievement. Thank you to everyone for your passion and fully owning our Purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’. Our people (our employees) are our greatest and most valued asset, thus it is very important for us to make sure that we all have a healthy and safe working environment in place. This accreditation simply inspires us to be our best versions so that we co-create a great future for all of us.”

O&L Group Human Capital Director, Berthold Mukuahima said the 2020 GPTW UK survey results serve as testimony to the group’s commitment to its employees to create a great and world class working environment.

“In line with our vision of ‘being a catalyst for positive change, delivering new realities and fulfilling dreams’, one of our metrics and strategic outcomes as part of our 2025 Breakthrough Strategy, is to rank among the Global Top 25 GPTW organizations by 2025 by creating a culture of fun, continuous innovation and learning, and being a workplace where everyone is valued,” added Mukuahima.

Currently, the O&L Group is the only Namibian company participating in GPTW.

“Participating in a survey like GPTW, allows us to benchmark against global best practices, identify areas of improvement and continuously deliver a workplace culture enabling our employees to be the best versions of themselves”, concluded Thieme.


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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.