Our mission is to improve society by creating better workplaces.
Great Place To Work is a global research, consulting and training firm that helps organizations identify, create and sustain great workplaces through the development of high trust workplace cultures.
(OUR DEFINITION OF A GREAT PLACE TO WORK—DEVELOPED IN THOSE EARLY DAYS AND UNCHANGED SINCE, REFLECTING THE TIMELESS NATURE OF HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS IS ONE WHERE YOU TRUST THE PEOPLE YOU WORK FOR, HAVE PRIDE IN WHAT YOU DO, AND ENJOY THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH. WHAT WE HAVE FOUND OVER THE YEARS IS THAT WHILE PRIDE AND ENJOYMENT ARE EVIDENT IN EVERY GREAT WORK PLACE, THE PRESENCE OF ONE OR BOTH DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE A GREAT WORK PLACE. PRIDE ALONE DOESN’T SIGNAL A GREAT WORK PLACE. NOR DOES CAMARADERIE).
We serve businesses, non-profits and government agencies in 50 countries on six continents. Our clients, are those companies and organizations that wish to maintain Best Company environments. We also serve those that are ready to dramatically improve the culture within their workplaces and those in between the two. We know that organizations that build trust and create a rewarding cycle of personal contribution and appreciation create workplace cultures that deliver outstanding business performance.
Our Founders put it succinctly; FROM STUDYING THE WORLD BEST WORKPLACES, WE HAVE LEARNED THAT TRUST IS THE KEY DIFFERETIATOR. THIS APPLIES TO ALL ORGANISATIONS REGARDLESS OF NATIONAL CULTURE, INDUSTRY, SIZE, OR AGE. BY RAISING THE LEVEL OF TRUST IN THE WORKPLACE, COMPANIES EVERYWHERE CAN IMPROVE THEIR BUSINESS RESULT SINCE COOPERATION AND INNOVATION DEPEND ON TRUST.
This is important because great workplaces lead by example, adds Levering (senior co-founder). We spread the good news that any company anywhere can follow in their footsteps. Each year, GPTW partners with more than 7,000 organizations with some 12 million employees worldwide to conduct the largest annual set of workplace culture studies in the world. Our business, from research to educational event to advisory and training services, is laser-focused on helping leaders create their own great workplaces.
But what does it matter and why should we care?
Trust is the only reliable indicator of the quality of the workplace. Find low trust in a work place and you have found a bad work place. Find low trust and you have found a bad work place; find high trust and you have found a great one. Where you find high trust you will always find high pride and camaraderie. A great place to work. It’s impossible for an employee to have a good all- around workplace experience unless she has a high trust relationship with her manager. This relationship is not a nice- to- have or an optional extra. It is the key factor in creating great work places and driving an organization’s business performance.
What is the Big deal about Great work places?
HOW ORGANIZATIONS BENEFIT FROM BEING A GREAT PLACE TO WORK.
The World best work places staffs are more successful than their peers, consistently out-performing them on every business metric that matters. All Peer groups, every metric extraordinary success. That’s what makes them worth emulating.
In a study conducted by Lanre Tomori and Kunle Malomo in 2013, a portfolio of Nigeria’s best work places outperformed the Nigerian stock market indices by a factor of three. In more recent years, we have observed that the best workplaces in Africa also outperform their peers in key metrics like revenue per full time equivalent; total cost of workplace; time to fill key employee roles; employment brand strength scores and tenure of high performing and high potential employees. Does strong financial performance enable companies to treat their people? A four year research project—–led by Alex Edmans of the London Business School—- into the Fortune 100 best companies to work for definitively answered this ‘chicken and egg’ question. Edman established conclusively that employee well being precedes positive financial performance. In other words, taking good care of employee’s causes good financial performance.
For close to thirty years now, GPTW has researched the various advantages that organizations that build high trust work places enjoy, and each year Fortune Magazine publishes our List of the Best Companies to Work For. Annual studies of seven thousand organizations and feedback from more than thirteen million employees in eighty countries show that high-trust organizations attract and retain top talent, innovate more and better, provide higher- quality service, and deliver stronger financial performance. Stock market performance is one such measure and research shows that companies with high-trust cultures consistently generate superior returns for their investors. For example, independent investment firm FTSE Russell reports that the stock market returns of the publicly-help- high-trust companies recognized by GPTW and Fortune Magazine over a seventeen (17) year period are nearly three times greater than the market average, while a portfolio of India’s best work places outperformed Indian stock market indices by a factor of nearly four during the five years leading up to 2013.