Yoghurt maker Danone’s staff pot wins it best places to work trophy

Danone UK has been crowned the country’s best place to work in 2009, owing to its strong employee engagement and range of benefits.

The yoghurt manufacturing company was awarded the accolade by the Great Places to Work Institute last week after a staff survey revealed high levels of trust in the firm and an appreciation of the extensive benefits package.

Benefits include a free, weekly, 15-minute head and shoulder massage, private medical insurance and free fruit and yoghurt.

Liz Ellis, director of Danone’s people project, said their success was down to good recruitment and engagement programmes.

She told the Institute’s in-house magazine: “This award really does reflect the experiences of all our people, and we’re thrilled that they believe Danone is a great place to work. Our recruitment process ensures we employ people who are open, confident, able to succeed together and have a good sense of fun.”

Marnix Eikenboom, general manager of Danone, added: “We are all proud to work at Danone and are delighted to be the number one place to work in the UK. Achieving such a prestigious award clearly demonstrates our commitment to creating an environment that is welcoming, respectful and allows our employees to be themselves.”

The UK’s Best Workplaces ranking 2009 surveyed 4,000 organisations.

Microsoft was awarded the best large workplace in Europe prize, while swimming pool design company Piscines Ideales was named the best SME workplace in Europe.

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