WHW Hillebrand Group was presented once again with the TOP JOB seal for excellent employer qualities by the former Minister of Economic Affairs, Wolfgang Clement. The award ceremony took place in Berlin. The award, presented by the Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität, zeag GmbH, is awarded to companies which consistently strive for a healthy workplace culture which is also high-performance.

“Challenge and promote” is one of the guiding principles of the WHW Hillebrand Group. Reliability, competence and commitment are expected from the more than 650 employees. In return, the family-owned company commits to providing respectful interaction with its staff and offers its employees prospects for further development. For this reason, the WHW Hillebrand Group attaches great importance to an intact corporate culture, which is cultivated both with departmental and employee reviews, but which also is based on company celebrations and joint sporting activities. Regular presentations are also offered to help deal with stress. The management at WHW Hillebrand Group relies heavily on a continuous flow of information. This is achieved not just through team meetings, but also with a staff magazine which, along with news from the group of companies, also presents special occasions for the employees (e.g. Anniversaries, weddings, births, employee of the month) as well as unusual hobbies.

In addition, the company actively promotes a healthy balance between work and private life. The company pension scheme is subsidised and a systematic health management system is in operation. For staff on parental leave, the HR department devises individual offers which are designed to facilitate return. The department also plans a summer care programme for employees’ children. Wherever possible, we also agree to requests for part-time work.

“High employee motivation and an above-average length of service show that our concept is right,” says Ernst Walter Hillebrand.

120 medium-sized companies applied to take part in this year’s “Top Job” awards. 85 companies can now display the seal for the next two years. A total of 19,841 employees were surveyed. Of these, around 57 percent work in family-owned businesses. Among the top employers are 25 national and 6 world market leaders. On average, companies employ 414 staff and the percentage of women in management positions averaged 28%.

The “Top Job” company comparison

Medium-sized companies have been working with “Top Job” on their qualities as an employer since 2002. The project awards a seal with which the best employers can advertise their qualities. The organisation is done by zeag GmbH – Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität. They are based in Konstanz on the Bodensee. The scientific management of the benchmarking is done by Prof. Dr. Heike Bruch and her team from the Institut für Führung und Personalmanagement (Institute for Leadership and Human Resource Management) at the University of St. Gallen. The project’s mentor is the former Federal Minister of Economics, Wolfgang Clement.

The organiser: zeag GmbH I Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität

The Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität was newly founded in 2015. Under the umbrella of the Zentrum für Arbeitgeberattraktivität, the former compamedia director and zeag founder, Silke Masurat, continues the two projects “Ethics in Business” and “Top Job”. Zeag supports medium-sized companies who already perform excellently in the areas of HR management and corporate social responsibility, or who are looking to do so in the medium term.