Great joy at it-economics GmbH: the boutique IT firm managed to get into the final selection the first time it entered the renowned Great Place to Work Award and secured 39th place in the 50 to 500 employees category in the staff survey carried out nationwide. What’s particularly pleasing: the company already achieved 9th place in the IT and communication category the day before.
For Torsten Klein, CEO of it-economics, this result is confirmation of a philosophy that creates a perfect working climate through appreciation and recognition. This is of crucial importance in times of a skills shortage: “To operate sustainably as the best consultant on the market, we have to acquire the best employees and keep them.”
As a result, more than 90% of the employees at it-economics stated in the survey that they “feel recognised and appreciated” within the company. Praise that does not come by chance: regular staff reviews, personal advancement and a respectful culture showing appreciation among colleagues has long been standard at this IT consulting firm.
However, it is mainly specific projects that support and advance employees that make the difference. For example, the Value Streams: every employee can study a future topic during their working hours and take responsibility for driving this forward themselves. Whether it’s recruiting, further training, prototype development or marketing: relevant themes are driven ahead in flexible, agile groups in the style of a start-up and implemented in practice. Or the it-e University: employees can complete further training and qualifications in the three faculties Management, Technology and Expertise. Or the fun & family weekends that take place once a year with employees and their families.
Another point that was highlighted by employees in the survey is the mutual trust. It is the result of the consistently flat hierarchies that have been established at the boutique IT firm for a long time now: a lean, agile corporate structure like at it-economics only works in an open corporate culture based on trust.
Appreciation, recognition, trust: the best conditions for successful and collaborative cooperation between customers and colleagues. And the best conditions for consultants and IT experts who would prefer to create rather than manage.
About the competition
The basis for assessment was an anonymous survey of the staff at it-economics GmbH on key workplace issues such as management, trust when working together, identification, team spirit, professional development, remuneration, health promotion and work-life balance. The quality of the personnel work in supporting and advancing staff was also assessed.
613 companies in total took part in the current benchmark study on the quality and attractiveness of the workplace culture and subjected themselves to independent analysis by the Great Place to Work® institute; 100 were awarded with the Great Place to Work® seal of quality as part of the “Germany’s Best Employer 2016” competition, differentiated by ranking lists in 5 size categories. The Great Place to Work® “Germany’s Best Employer” competition has been held every year since 2002.
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