Unit4 named one of the Best Companies to Work For in Portugal
Posted by Luis Monteiro
Last May Unit4 Portugal was nominated for Exame Magazine’s (a Portuguese business magazine) Best Companies to Work For initiative in Portugal. It honors organizations that have a good organizational culture and stand out for their responsible attitude towards employees and society. I’m very pleased to report that we were awarded a place as one of the 100 Best Companies to work for in Portugal at the official Best Companies to Work For in Portugal ceremony!
This achievement is one we are very proud of, as it solidifies our dedication to creating a rewarding workplace that encourages passionate and dedicated people. It is also a great endorsement for the work we are doing to aid good causes outside the workplace.
To receive this terrific award, we were asked to complete a questionnaire, providing answers about employee development initiatives and our work in society. In this questionnaire we highlighted and gave input on the following main initiatives:
- Work life balance policy;
- Health and well-being practices;
- Communication tools (sharing of events, onboarding, town hall meetings, annual kick-off and a monthly internal newsletter);
- Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives;
- Open space, flexible office and open door policies;
- Bonus Policy;
- Performance Management processes.
As a second step, employees were asked to respond to a questionnaire, in order to assess their degree of satisfaction with the company. We had an 86% response rate, which is very high for organizations in general, and were awarded a place in the top 100 based on all input.
We are very proud of this achievement! This is a great result for our first time of participating in the initiative. The input received will help us to improve further so we can continually better ourselves, ensure a terrific workplace for employees and attract new talent.
Please find an extra article on this subject below (English translations)
Toasting to success
In a rapidly expanding company, there are opportunities to develop and retain human resources.
In 2015, Unit4 created the Global Delivery Centre in Portugal, a business unit that supports clients worldwide through its consultancy team performing implementation services on its own financial and enterprise resource planning software. This commitment forced the technological multinational, of Dutch origin, to resize its structure in our country, having hired more than 100 people and moved into a new office.
Aligned with the global strategic plan, the hiring of new employees is based on profiles with different skills. "We hire professionals with technical background in information systems or database, and functional background, with education in management, economics and accounting," explains Rita Lopes, the responsible for the human resources. Unit4 offers more than 10.000 trainings in an internal e-learning platform, accessible 24 hours a day through any device with Internet access and, since August, also includes language training to its employees.
Train to grow
The performance management model is carried out at the beginning of each year, with a balance of the work developed in the previous 12 months, and in June, the performance is re-assessed; the employees can work remotely or on client premises. This year, a global job framework was implemented, allowing all employees (with 12 different nationalities) a clear understanding of the different career paths and job positions, as well as the requirements for promotions. The employees have performance bonuses as part of their remuneration package and these are linked to individual performances and company goals – in some cases the bonus can translate into an increase up to 150% of its amount.
With a flat organizational structure, working in an open space with flexi desks, it all facilitates easy communication between managers and colleagues. The monthly drinks sessions with all employees, breakfasts between the head of Global Delivery Center and groups of five consultants, as well as the Global Sports Event, an annual event taking place in a European country, also help to create ties. With the concern to promote a better work environment, some practices make the difference: an equipped kitchen, a lounge area, pantries on the three floors with free coffee, snacks trolley and the weekly visit of a masseuse to the office. And considering that work-life balance is key, employees have various social benefits available, such as childcare, education or training vouchers, health insurance, and external protocols with gyms, banks and pharmacies.
Exame Magazine, “100 Best Companies to Work in Portugal”, December edition, p. 161