Microsoft comes out tops

Johannesburg – The Top Employer Institute has awarded Microsoft South Africa Top Employer status for 2020. Microsoft was named Top Employer across all industries and also the best ICT employer in South Africa at a gala dinner held in Johannesburg last night.

Organisations certified as Top Employers dedicate themselves to providing the very best working environment for employees through their progressive ‘people-first’ HR practices.

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink says, “To become recognised as a Top Employer, an organisation will have to prove that the implementation of their people strategies enriches the world of work of their employees. The certified participants are a shining example of a dedication to people practices as they continuously commit to empowering their employees for a better world of work. Congratulations!”

Microsoft South Africa Managing Director Lillian Barnard says the award was recognition of the culture that has been built by Microsoft employees in South Africa.

“People are at the core of our business. It starts with an amazing employee experience, ensuring that all employees have the opportunity to constantly learn, grow and develop, while providing an environment that fosters collaboration, innovation, diversity and inclusion. Our culture has evolved over time and we have adopted a growth mindset that allows for employees to experiment and innovate in an environment which is welcome of diverse people, cultures and ideas.”

Microsoft has also embraced digital transformation and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, leveraging these to empower employees across the business.

“Advancements in technology are facilitating the shift to a digitally led workplace. For the first time ever, digital natives make up the bulk of the workforce and they are changing the way businesses function.  They want flexibility, they want the freedom to work anywhere and at any time on any device and across multiple platforms. At Microsoft we have embraced how digital transformation can empower the modern workforce,” says Barnard.

Microsoft HR Director Jasmin Pillay adds that diversity and inclusion is a key part of Microsoft’s success and is being driven by the company’s embracing of technology.

“The definition of diversity has expanded, and human resource departments are adapting for an increasingly diverse employee base, which is critical to business success. The modern organisation supports diverse workforces with inclusive digital technology solutions, redesigned processes, and updated workspaces that enable employees to collaborate more effectively in person or when working remotely.”

Microsoft, which was established in South Africa in 1994, invests strongly in employee development.

“Equally important to our success is our ability to retain great talent,” says Pillay. “We continually invest in our employees, providing them with the opportunities to learn new digital and work-related skills, creating an environment in which they feel valued and the providing them with chance to live our mission of empowering every organisation and person on the planet.”


About Top Employers Institute Certification Programme

The Top Employers Institute Global Certification Programme has certified and recognised more than 1500 Top Employers in more than 118 countries/regions across five continents.

The HR Best Practice Survey encompasses over 100 questions which cover 600 ‘People Development’ practices across 10 topics: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, Talent Acquisition, On-boarding, Learning & Development, Performance Management, Leadership Development, Career & Succession Management, Compensation & Benefits and Culture.

About Top Employers Institute

Top Employers Institute is the global authority on recognising excellence in people practices. We help accelerate these practices to enrich the world of work. Through the Top Employers Institute certification programme, participating companies can be validated, certified and recognised as an employer of choice. Established more than 28 years ago, Top Employers Institute has certified over 1 500 organisations in 118 countries. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 6 000 000 employees globally.

Top Employers Institute. For a better world of work.







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