Great Place to Work
dbi services ranks in 7th place among Swiss companies “where it’s great to work” in the category “20-49 employees”
Gregory Steulet (CFO) and Magali Blenner (HR manager)
Among the companies which took part in the Great Place to Work survey, dbi services gets a score of 91%, higher than the Swiss average of 88% for small companies and the Swiss average for all companies regardless of size, which is 86%.
Delémont, 10.05.2017 – Software company dbi services has been named 7th best company “where it’s great to work” in Switzerland in the category with 20-49 employees. Among the companies which took part in the Great Place to Work survey, dbi services gets a score of 91%, higher than the Swiss average for small companies (88%) and the Swiss average for all companies regardless of size (86%). The prizes were awarded at the end of a poll of 15,000 employees in Swiss companies which took part in the survey.
Last year, HR managers at dbi services decided to take part in the Great Place to Work programme. They explain that behind the challenge there is, above all, a desire to improve – they are aware that there are still some areas the company could do better in.
“Every year, dbi services asks its employees to take certification tests in order to maintain and improve their levels of knowledge. We can only justify having these expectations of our employees if dbi services itself is able to respond to similar expectations. Through the opinions of our employees, Great Place to Work provides confirmation of the excellence of the company they work in, which is seeking constantly to improve”, says Grégory Steulet, Chief Financial Officer of dbi services.
For Great Place to Work, trust is the main indicator
According to Great Place to Work, the most telling sign that employees feel good in the company they work for is their level of trust in their employers. The greater the trust, the more the company will be able to improve its results, because cooperation and innovation depend on it. This applies to any company, regardless of culture, industry, size, or age of employees. To gauge the level of trust employees feel for their employer, they are asked questions about credibility (internal communication, skills, integrity), respect (support, cooperation) and equality (equity, impartiality, fairness) in the company. Employees’ pride in their job and camaraderie in the company are two more indicators in the general ranking.
All-pervading values which drive the company forward
“dbi services was set up 7 years ago with 9 members of staff. During the company’s first few months of existence, we had to deal with challenges on a daily basis. This created not only a real team spirit, but also really motivated and brought our employees together. This is how our company values were born, and they have stayed with us through the years at dbi services”, says Magali Blenner, HR manager at dbi services.
“Company values are hardwired into our DNA, and are what has given dbi services the reputation it enjoys today. They play a part in our employees’ satisfaction, make potential employees passionate about joining us, and sustain the trust that our customers have in us year after year. These values form part of a sustainable development policy that enables dbi services to look forward to a future which looks extremely bright”, states Grégory Steulet, Chief Financial Officer of dbi services.
Nurturing a spirit of camaraderie
Ever since dbi services was set up, its managers have given special consideration to the atmosphere among its employees.
“Promoting a spirit of camaraderie and conviviality is essential for motivating employees. This is something we want to keep in place and nurture at all costs”. So says Magali Blenner, HR manager at dbi services.
Each year dbi services organises a number of events, among them the Summer and Winter Events, which employees and their families are invited to attend. In addition to these, dbi services xChange in-house events take place twice a year. Their purpose is to enable experts in dbi services to share their work and knowledge with colleagues and spend enjoyable time with them.
Preparing for the future
With a view to meeting employee expectations better still, and continuing to be a company “where it’s great to work”, dbi services set up some working groups once survey results were known. The focus will be on internal communication through the implementation of specific tools, being socially and environmentally responsible and, ultimately, thinking about employees who work from home. This will be a real challenge for the company, given that keeping the team spirit alive must remain one of its driving forces.
At the end of 2017, dbi services wishes to take part in Great Place to Work again. The company delights in the fact that this time round, due to its constant growth, it will be competing in the category with 50 – 249 employees.