The winners in this year’s Barbados’ Best Employers Awards (BBE) have been announced.
During the fifth biennial awards luncheon at Hilton Barbados Resort yesterday afternoon, the employers of Blue Print Creative emerged victorious in the Small Company category, beating out two other finalists Summit Asset Management Limited and TD Reinsurance.
Oceans Two Resorts and Residences came out as the best employer in the Medium-size Company category, ahead of Colombian Emeralds International and Brookfield International Bank.
Soaring to the top as the best large employer was Bougainvillea Beach Resort, leaving Duty Free Caribbean and Sugar Bay Barbados as runners-up.
Reporting on the results, Senior Consultant with Caribbean Catalyst Incorporated Jacqueline Elias bemoaned that there was still a reluctance by both the private sector and almost all public sector organizations to open themselves to a third party survey of their people.
“This could be seen as an indication of the unwillingness of many leaders and managers to really listen to their people for deep understanding to inform practical improvement. Our leaders cannot afford to lose sight of the importance of connecting with their people. It is only through engaging with the team that you can truly leverage their strengths to the benefit of the organization,” Elias said.
The BBE awards stem from surveys conducted among employees at the various businesses in which the researchers measure employee satisfaction and engagement and leadership effectiveness and productivity.
This year, in keeping with the theme Unleashing the Power of Motivation – A Predictor of Success, those carrying out the survey included descriptors that sought to assess levels of personal accountability.
Looking at the average leadership indicators by category and finalists with 2018 compared to 2016, it was found that, with the exception of the Small category, there was a decline in the averages for the Medium and Large Categories and all finalists.
Elias also noted that there was an increase in the number of participating companies in the Small Category.
With respect to trends in the engagement indicators, she said there were also declines in every category except for small businesses during the period 2016 to 2018.
However, the ‘actively engaged’ and ‘engaged group’ increased significantly in the Small Category by 15.5 per cent, but declined in all others including the finalists. (EJ)