Article from the magazine Bilan 24.4.18



In which companies is it good to work in French-speaking Switzerland?

Answer in Our 10th Exclusive Ranking on Best Practices in Human Resources.

This is the 10th edition of our HR Best Practices Survey. Good news: the number of participants has further increased (94). This growth has allowed us to create new categories to try to compare entities closer to each other. Thus, we previously had a category for companies with more than 300 people and one for those with less than 300 people. This edition now distinguishes large companies (more than 1000 people), medium-sized companies (200 to 999), SMEs (50 to 199) and small businesses (less than 50 employees).

What are the trends emerging from this 10th edition? First, let us note the emergence of the notion of choice, inspired by what is practiced in the Anglo-Saxon countries. It is, for example, to offer the employee to choose between 5 days of vacation or salary equivalent, to reward his ten years of seniority in the company. Always very advanced, the Geneva Industrial Services (GIS) have integrated this principle.

At UBS, young fathers now have the option to opt for an additional 2-4 weeks paternity leave or to reduce their occupancy rate to 80% for up to six months. Flexible Benefits, as Swiss specialist Swibeco calls it, go far beyond that. A track to dig also for social welfare.

Second key trend: well-being. We see more and more employers providing a room for yoga classes, accessible at a symbolic price (10 francs the course at MVT Architects) and sometimes even offered. Less common, for the moment, some multinationals offer a mindfulness meditation course (at JTI, for example). "This is a series of one-off, weekly, multi-week sessions supplemented by an available application that allows participants to support their practice."

Add to this the craze around the action "10,000 steps a day". The Loterie Romande and JTI, for example, participate in the international health program Virgin Pulse Global Challenge (which currently includes 5,500 companies in 185 countries). This is a virtual race around the world. The number of steps is calculated using a pedometer. Its vocation is to encourage each participant to increase his daily physical activity. In 2017, 252 JTI employees in Geneva participated and covered a total of 176,392 km. Another practice: the installation of a rest room. At GIS, this room offers four different sleeping places separated by green separations.

Finally, last trend: the purchase of additional holidays. CERN was the forerunner of this possibility. Today, smaller players have been involved, be it the Hirslanden clinics or even an architectural office like MVT. These good practices are becoming widespread, even when restructuring is taking shape. In this regard, out of the 94 questionnaires received, 11 indicate that the need for redundancies in the next six months (ie almost 12% of our sample) is very likely. It should be noted that no points were attributed to this question, the answer of which remains purely indicative.