World's Best Companies to Work For....

It is November and I remembered that the World's Best Multinational Companies to Work For list must be out. I went to the Great Place to Work Institute and there it was. The list was released last week. I have to say that between Hurricane Sandy, the election and the Noreaster we had in New York, we lost two entire weeks to chaos. So I must have missed the awards announcement on November 12th. To make it to this premier ranking is not easy. Companies have to meet the following criteria -- chosen from 350 companies, appeared on at least five national Best Workplace lists, have at least 5,000 employees worldwide and have at least 40% of the workplace based outside the home country.

Some of the amazing facts about these companies are:

  • On average, returning companies on the World’s Best Workplaces list increased their revenue by 9% this year.
  • Over the past 12 months, these 25 companies created 120,000 new jobs globally.
  • Furthermore, voluntary turnover at 15 of the 25 companies was at 8 percent per annum, compared with the all industry average in the United States of 9.1%, according to CompData Service.
  • Country with the most companies on the list -- Mexico.
  • Average number of national list recognition awards -- nine
  • Percent of women in executive/senior positions -- 27%
  • Greatest improvement in Trust Index -- work/life balance, professional development
  • Region with the most companies on the list -- Europe
  • Most represented industry on list -- Manufacturing and Production

The reputation of the companies on the list are all stellar. I am, however, trying to understand why the logo of this award uses a dinner plate. Or am I being too literal? Perhaps it is the dinner plate from a white-tie dinner. You think?