Principles and philosophy
In the VR survey for the Company of the Year, employee attitudes toward key components in the working environment or the workplace are assessed. The survey is a venue for members to air their views and lets management know what has been done well and what improvements may be made. The results are a gold mine of information for management and a useful guide to whether and where improvements are needed. Not only do they show the position of the company in the eyes of employees, but also its position in comparison to other companies in the labour market.
Harnessing human resources
The internal working environment in this context refers first and foremost to the attitudes that are foremost among employees. How do they view their work, working facilities, colleagues, superiors and the policies and management of the company? How do superiors respond to their subordinates? The more negative these attitudes, the poorer the internal working environment of the company.
Satisfied employees = increased quality
Companies that are considered a desirable workplace can take their pick from among the best qualified employees and enjoy the benefits of employee loyalty. Manufacture and services improve in quality, as the synergetic effects are that all employees make every effort to achieve success. A good working environment reduces pressure and stress and increases general job satisfaction, which again leads to a decrease in the number of sickness days off. Employees show initiative in their work, which furthermore encourages innovations in company operations and successful developments. As a result, the company becomes more flexible with respect to changes in its operating environment or in changed competitive conditions. The company’s image strengthens, both internally with respect to its employees and externally, and the company enjoys, moreover, the benefits of positive discourse.
The survey highlights where improvements are needed
The Company of the Year survey enables managers to approach their internal working environment in a focused and effective manner. First, the results offer reliable measurements of the performance of the company as a workplace. They reveal whether and, in such case, what problems need to be addressed and, at the same time, what options it has to advance. Second, the Company of the Year survey provides important comparisons between years. Third, the definitions in the Company of the Year survey provide dynamic tools that management can use in co-operation with employees to make the workplace desirable.
A powerful tool for VR
The results of the survey provided VR with a clear and comprehensive view of member attitudes toward their workplace. This information is of use to the union in its wage term negotiations, provides VR with the opportunity of assessing where it should focus its efforts in its demands for collective wage agreements and whether the perceptions of superiors and/or the public sector need to be changed. The survey thereby adds to the foundation supporting the operations and services of the union.
Company of the Year 2020
The companies in the top fifteen seats in each size category receive recognition as a Model company, and there is good reason to draw attention to their performance. Many of these companies place high on the list year after year, irrespective of their results, clear evidence of their dynamic human resources management.Read more
Fyrirtækin í fimmtán efstu sætunum í hverjum stærðarflokki fá viðurkenninguna fyrirmyndarfyrirtæki og er ástæða til að vekja sérstaka athygli á frammistöðu þeirra. Mörg þessara fyrirtækja eru ofarlega á lista ár eftir ár, hvernig sem gengur, sem ber vott um öfluga mannauðsstjórnun.Read more
List of companies 2020
Below is the standing of individual companies according to size category. Changes were made to the division of companies according to size in 2020. Large companies are companies with 70 or more employees, medium companies have 30–69 employees and small companies have fewer than 30 employees. It is possible to select a business sector and see only the position of companies within that sector. If no sector is selected, the entire list appears.Read more
The nine key components
The VR survey for the Company of the Year asked about attitudes toward nine key aspects in the working environment. These aspects are management, morale, wage terms, work facilities, flexibility, independence at work, company image, satisfaction and pride and equal rights. A score is given for each aspect, from one to five, and together, these form the total score for, on the one hand, the companies that are shown in the list and, on the other, the total score of all responders.Read more
Könnun VR á Fyrirtæki ársins 2020 náði til 36 þúsund starfsmanna á almennum vinnumarkaði, bæði félagsmanna VR sem og fjölda annarra starfsmanna fyrirtækja sem tryggðu öllum starfsmönnum sínum rétt til þátttöku í könnuninni. Könnunin var rafræn, á þremur tungumálum, íslensku, ensku og pólsku. Alls bárust um fjórtán þúsund svör.Read more