Bayer wins a place on the UK’s Best Workplaces ranking
Coming in at 25th place amongst organisations with 500 or more employees, and the leading biotechnology & pharmaceuticals company, has underlined Bayer’s belief that its employees enjoy working there and are very proud of the company.
Bayer HR director, Gary Bothe, said: “This is the first time that Bayer’s UK business has entered this award and, coming during a period of significant change for our company and our people, which will continue into 2017, it is incredibly encouraging.
“We had a big year in 2015, restructuring and consolidating into a Life Science company, with flourishing Pharmaceutical, Consumer Health, Crop Science and Animal Health businesses, and indeed we are now one of the fastest growing pharma businesses in the UK. All this is set against a background of planning a UK headquarters move to Reading, which is in itself a huge undertaking.
“Most importantly, we are passionate about our people. This award recognises cultures with high trust and high engagement, and is based on employee feedback, so the fact that our people have given us their support and confirmed that they like working here is enormously encouraging, given all our changes.
Bayer UK /Ireland CEO, Alexander Moscho said: “At Bayer we talk about being driven by the passion to innovate and the power to change. I’m delighted to see how that ethos motivates our people, evidenced by best-in-class survey scores for engagement and strategy & direction. And that enthusiasm for change and improvement has been noticed by others outside Bayer. We now have more people applying for positions here than ever before – and many more than before are recognising our brand.”
Great Place to Work Project coordinator, Duncan I’Anson, said: “A year ago, the company set a clear goal to become not just a good place but a great place for its employees to work. We knew the areas which needed focus, and representatives from across the whole business worked together as a team to put solutions in place. Receiving this award means all the hard work was worth it, but more importantly it means people enjoying working here, and that’s what it’s all about.”
The Great Place to Work awards are held every year to celebrate the creation of great workplaces in the UK. The best workplaces tend to outperform the average organisation, with employees saying they look forward to coming to work, that they have trust in their leadership and find their company a fun place to work.
In this year’s ranking, Bayer had an 88 per cent response rate, and scored best in categories such as employee engagement, diversity, strategy & direction and culture, with 80 per cent or higher in all these. In terms of the trust index detailed by the survey, Bayer scored well with marks of 74% for trust in leadership (compared with 43% in the ‘average workplace’); 67% for employee recognition (compared with 42% in the ‘average workplace’); 68% for employee reward (compared with 39% in the ‘average workplace’); 69% for talent management (compared with 39% in the ‘average workplace’) and 69% for values and ethics (compared with 40% in the ‘average workplace’)¹.
¹ Source: Great Place to Work Trust Index Survey data and Research Now 2015
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Bayer: Science For A Better Life
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