What is Top Employers and how did Materialise achieve this recognition?
The Top Employers Institute is a global authority on recognizing excellence in people practices and employee conditions. Since 1991, they have certified over 1,600 organizations in 119 countries and regions, positively impacting the lives of millions of employees around the world.
Their goal is to enrich the world of work and they do this with a certification program that enables organizations to assess and improve the workplace environment.
For Materialise, this meant that close to 600 people practices were evaluated via a thorough audit by the Top Employers Institute during a six- to nine-month process. These practices cover ten different domains: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, On-boarding, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits, Career and Succession Management, Leadership Development, and Culture.
Once the process concluded, our HR team and the Top Employers experts collaborated to identify which practices we excel in and which can be improved upon even further.
Take, for example, our ‘Impeccable Coordination’ initiative — a company-wide practice to improve communication and, therefore, teamwork. This project lies largely in the learning and development section of people practices outlined by Top Employers Institute. It’s a practice well-known by all Materialise employees thanks to training sessions which began in 2018 and will continue on a regular basis in order to teach new employees the skills and allow tenured employees to get a refresher.
With this and other people-centric initiatives, including our internal mobility and health and wellbeing programs, Materialise achieved Top Employer status. In the interest of transparency and employee involvement, a detailed breakdown of results across all domains will soon be shared with management and employees.