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MOTORING: Mercedes-Benz South Africa Scoops Exclusive Top Employers 2018 Certification


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MERCEDES-Benz South Africa (MBSA) is proud to announce that it has, for the second consecutive year, been certified by the Top Employers Institute for its exceptional employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. The institute announced the results of this year's research in Johannesburg last night, with MBSA receiving the exclusive Top Employers South Africa 2018 certification.

The annual international research undertaken by the Top Employers Institute recognises leading employers around the world: those that provide excellent employee conditions, nurture and develop talent throughout all levels of the organisation, and which strive to continuously optimise employment practices.

MBSA is proud to be recognised as a leading employer in South Africa for the second consecutive year. "This recognition serves as a benchmark proving that Mercedes-Benz South Africa is amongst the world's leading employers. Receiving this recognition for the second time reemphasises our commitment to ensuring that we continue to create a conducive and exceptional employee journey to all our employees," said Executive Director for Human Resources, Abey Kgotle.

Crucial to the Top Employers process is that participating companies must undergo a stringent auditing process and meet the required high standard in order to achieve the certification. This audit has verified MBSA's outstanding employee conditions and earned it a coveted spot among a group of certified Top Employers. The overall score of the group of company has also increased, which shows that possible areas for improvement from the previous audit has been addressed.

MBSA's employee offerings were assessed on the following criteria: Talent Strategy, Workforce Planning, On-boarding, Learning and Development, Performance Management, Leadership Development, Career and Succession Management, Compensation and Benefits including Culture.

David Plink, CEO at Top Employers Institute stated: "Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally. Our comprehensive research concluded that Mercedes-Benz South Africa provides an outstanding employment environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits and working conditions, to performance-management programmes that are well thought out and truly aligned with the culture of their company."

In 2016, MBSA spent R87.1mio on various training programmes and initiatives for its own employees. The company's development programmes include leadership development programmes, technical programmes, graduate programmes, disability learnerships and bursaries for high school learners and tertiary students. All these programmes form part of the bigger drive for lasting and meaningful transformation in South Africa.

Kgotle concluded: "As a major role player in the South African economy, our employees remain the heart of our business. Our employees' wellbeing and development are at the crux of our business mandate. This certification has once again put a stamp on the success of the world class processes and programmes that we have put in place to continue on this journey of achieving optimal employee conditions. We are very proud of the achievement."

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