The Best Place to Work Pakistan Awards Gala 2021 took place last night at The Beach Luxury Hotel to recognize companies and their workplace culture.
The recognition was based on anonymous survey data assessing employee experiences of belonging, alignment, growth, commitment and navigating the pandemic. Engage Consulting in partnership with PSHRM (Pakistan Society of Human Resource Management) have been carrying out the BPTW study since the time they introduced it in 2008, building up a rich database of employee engagement and commitment levels.
Recently, both conducted another study of employee experiences in Pakistan, receiving a record-breaking number of 290+ company nominations and surveying over 40 thousand employees from 160 companies to determine best places to work in Pakistan.
In total, 52 awards were given to the winning organizations at the biggest HR gathering in Pakistan. The highlight of the main event was DHL Express Pakistan bagging the most prestigious ‘Best of the Best Company 2021’ award for the fifth time in a row
What stood out was the diversity in winners. From small and mid-size enterprises to large corporations and a wide range of industries (including Retail, E-Commerce, FMCG, Education, Pharmaceutical, Logistics, FMCG, NGO, Telecom, Textile – to name a few), all were celebrated at the Best Place to Work Awards ceremony.
The event was hosted by the versatile actor and theatre director Omair Rana who lit up the gala with his high-energy personality. At the inaugural session, the Chief Guest Irfan Siddiqui, Founding President & CEO of Meezan Bank Limited and President of the (OICCI) Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry did a keynote session and handed over trophies to some of the winning companies.
Renowned literary figure and veteran actor – 𝐙𝐢𝐚 𝐌𝐨𝐡𝐲𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧, also the President & CEO of National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) was the guest speaker on the occasion while Dr. Iffat Zafar Aga, Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sehat Kahani, served as the keynote speaker.
The awards were followed by an electrifying performance by singer-songwriter Zoe Viccaji.
Talking about the integrity of the awards and their winners, Engage Consulting CEO, Paul Keijzer said, “To ensure the awards were given solely on merit and on basis of genuine opinion of employees, we conducted both data integrity audit and a telephonic follow-up audit with employees that participated in the survey. Following this double audit, we did find some irregularities — and based on these irregularities, Engage Consulting together with PSHRM decided to disqualify four companies. The credibility of the data and the awards have been of utmost importance to us.”
“For the last 14 years, we have been collaborating with Engage Consulting to try to raise the bar for employee engagement as well as good management practices across various industries. I must say we have come a long way,” said Jamal Nasir, President of PSHRM and Chief HR Officer at HBL.
EBM and METRO Pakistan (Pvt) Limited joined the BPTW Awards Gala as Platinum Sponsors, Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited, Engro Corp, Pakistan Petroleum Limited and The Talent Games as Gold Sponsors, and Bank Alfalah Limited, Allied Bank Limited, Fatima Group, Oracle, Novo Nordisk and Systems Limited as Silver Sponsors.
The Best Place to Work Pakistan Awards 2021 winners are listed below:
• Bank Alfalah
• METRO Pakistan Pvt Ltd.
• Engro Corporation
• Afroze Textile Industries
• Allied Bank
• Novo Nordisk
• State Bank of Pakistan
• Nestlé Pakistan
• Mahmood Group
• Leverify LLC
• Byco Petroleum
• Métier Groupe
• Lacas School Network
• My Technology
• Greenstar Social Marketing
• Munch: ON
• Challenge Apparels Limited
• ICI Pakistan Limited
• Gerry’s International
• Stewart Pakistan