Best Workplaces in Europe 2009: E.ON in the top 10 of Europe's 100 best employers

E.ON has once again been named one of Europe’s top 100 employers. As one of the world’s largest private-sector power and gas companies, E.ON received the coveted award in Baden, Austria on 20 May 2009, from the Great Place to Work® Institute Europe. E.ON was ranked a commendable 10th position.

Confirmation of consistent success in HR

E.ON’s ongoing success in HR is clear, as this year on year recognition shows. This year E.ON managed to move up 4 places. "The renewed improvement and our ranking among Europe’s top 10 employers confirm the high quality of our HR activities," said Mr Dänzer-Vanotti, Chief Human Resources Officer of E.ON AG. An outstanding assessment at European level is particularly significant because an employer’s appeal is increasingly important in recruiting the most qualified and talented staff internationally. "Such employees are crucial to our competitiveness," the CHRO stressed.

Only recently E.ON was pleased to receive another prominent award at national level. In the "Deutschlands Beste Arbeitgeber 2009" contest, E.ON likewise ranked among the ten best companies in its category. The CHRO sees no reason to relax the efforts being made. "We will continue our efforts to ensure attractive working conditions and development prospects not least in today’s challenging climate." E.ON is constantly honing its HR and management systems to ensure it remains an attractive employer for high performers and the best in talent.

Survey and audit

The competition is mainly based on the results of national contests like "Deutschlands Beste Arbeitgeber 2009". Companies receiving a national award qualify for the European competition. This year a total of about 1,350 companies, from 15 countries, took part. The top 100 were presented with the "Best Workplace in Europe 2009" quality seal. Studies of companies are currently being conducted in 40 countries across the globe.

The annual study and the "Best Workplaces Europe" competition are carried out by the Great Place to Work® Institute Europe. The quality seal awarded stands for credible, respectful and fair cooperation between management and employees, a high level of identification with their work and a strong team spirit in the company. Great Place to Work® studies examining the quality and attractiveness of companies involve an extensive audit and an anonymous staff survey. Due to the great results achieved in the staff survey and the wide-ranging audit on HR and leadership tools, E.ON’s lead companies – E.ON AG, E.ON Energie AG and E.ON Ruhrgas AG – were able to secure a position among Europe’s 100 best employers.

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