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  • Employees see themselves as brands, make hard choices and want work-life integration. This and more in the 10th Business Today best employers study.
  • The company makes it its business to keep the minds of its people sharp.
  • Things have turned around this year and as more Indians fly again, hiring is back. Kingfisher Airlines is ranked first in the hospitality sector.
  • Idea ranked third in the telecom sector behind Bharti Airtel and Tata Teleservices.
  • The top pharma companies have a "people first" mantra to nurture and retain talent.
  • Employees at these companies rarely have a reason to quit.
  • M&M courts talent assiduously with some out of the box HR initiatives.
  • The slowdown has ended but core sector PSUs remain favoured recruiters for some of India's best talent.
  • Three companies that have done unusual things to make the workplace irresistible, without losing sight of profits, have got special mention in the Business Today 'Best Companies to Work For' study.
  • ICICI Bank, Larsen & Toubro, Accenture, and HCL Tech rise sharply in the Business Today's 'Best Company to Work For' survey. What makes them stand out? We find out...
  • A perfect workplace is a mirage alright. But some firms have people practices that are spot-on, mostly. This and so much more revealed in 10th edition of the Business Today 'Best Companies to Work For' study.Share your opinion on our rankings Post Comment
  • Look out for those who slipped this year. They are reenergising their people practices.
BEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR 2011 Build HR strategy around the brand

Build HR strategy around the brand

A brand is not about the creatives or a logo alone, it is much deeper than that. It is what you say through each and every communique, every policy and the way you drive the business.

No different from the best

The differently-abled are the engine of growth at this company.

The Best Companies to Work For survey: How we did it

Business Today's annual survey of The Best Companies to Work For will be released soon. We tried to capture not just the overall ranking of 25 companies and a sector ranking of 10 each for nine sectors but also the human resource facets of the Indian workplace.

Converting ratings into importance weights

Respondents were asked to rate the various factors on a scale. These ratings were converted into importance weights (percentage weights summing up to 100 per cent).
Money Keep pace with changing times

Keep pace with changing times

Investors will need to restructure their mutual fund portfolios according to their risk profiles and financial goals.
Jobs As good as it gets

As good as it gets

 IT and ITeS stage a smart rebound. Hiring volumes are set to go up.

Double role

All the world is a stage for some executives who clearly enjoy their exits and entrances.
Columns When not to be a leader

When not to be a leader

Leadership is not necessarily the logical or even desired career progression.

The commercial capital of cricket: Charu Sharma

India became the commercial capital of cricket at the turn of the millennium.
BT More Where luxury means business

Where luxury means business

Dubai's new, centrally located Pullman Mall of the Emirates targets business travellers with a wide range of corporate services, plush lounges, concept restaurants, and a spa.

Reasonably right

Merging affordability, reliability and some great technology, we bring you six cool budget gadgets that are expected to be the hot buys of 2011.

At the end

There are different kinds of love, but they all have the same aim. Possession.

Track and wield

Check the desirability quotient.

Books that shaped my life

Alok Bharadwaj, Senior VP, Canon India talks about the books that have made him what he is today.

Social mores

Fresh from a multi million dollar renovation, Switzerland's Crans Ambassador in the heart of the Alps is worth a look.

Paris, je t'aime!

We serve up six marvellous and fun things to do when in the City of Lights without burning a hole in your pocket. So skip a visit to the Champs-Elysees and enjoy the city like a local.

Miniature marvels

Unique, personal and intriguing; miniature paintings of the royals have always been great art, and now they form the cornerstone of any great art collection.

Manual

To look effortlessly cool, you need to know the most iconic footwear of our times.

Keep pace

Fast cars, bikes and boats. Racing tidbits from around the world.

Why did I marry you anyway?

Having a tiff? There's an Apple application claiming to resolve the fight before you search through the directory for a marriage counsellor. We put it through a test.

Rich pickings

Every year brings with it some eagerly awaited gadgets and 2011 is no different. BT More gives you a round-up of some very cool and futuristic devices that will be the stars this year.

Putt your act together

With six simulators and a wide putting green, Gurgaon's Golfworx, offers all you need to turn pro at the game.

Champagne cocktails

The festive Champagne punch is the best way to grace any occasion with splendour. Here are some sparkling-cocktail recipes that will surely add a warm spark to your parties.

Power tech

The world of big business is the one area of human activity that is most dependant on technology. The country's top executives give us the low-down on the machinery that aids them through it all.
People Peoplebusiness

Peoplebusiness

Starring Sanjeev Aggarwal, Founder, Helion Venture Partners; C.V.L. Srinivas, Chairman, Starcom MediaVest Group; Bazmi Husain, MD, ABB India; Mammootty, Actor; Rajan Anandan, VP, Sales and Operations, Google India; and Vijay Mallya, MD, Chairman, United Spirits
Leadership Spotlight Leaderspeak with P.N.C. Menon

Leaderspeak with P.N.C. Menon

The Chairman of Sobha Developers P.N.C. Menon talks about what works for him.
Travel On the move

On the move

A smart little new package brings the magical archipelago of the Andamans a little closer to the hassled traveller.
Focus Etcetera

Etcetera

Last year, nanotechnologists at the University of Glasgow rang in Christmas by unveiling the smallest Christmas card in the world.

5 steps to here

Step by step how India was affected by the onion crisis.

BT retro

Surging FII inflows are driving the Indian stock market. Higher interest rates in India make the country a magnet for foreign capital, putting upward pressure on the rupee.

The 10 most watched ads of December 2010

There are a few surprise entrants in the Top 10. Act II Microwave Popcorn is at No. 1. It is a relatively unknown player trying to establish itself in a completely new product category with no known big brands in the space.

Chindia rising

As the world emerges gingerly from the recession, the structure of the global economy is changing. It will be powered by China and India over the next couple of decades.

On record

Some soft spots(in the economy) are discernible… External sector ratios have deteriorated, fiscal conditions are still under pressure, and inflationary pressures persist.D. Subbarao, RBI Governor, in the central bank's second Financial Stability report

CEO watch

India's and the world's most talked-about CEOs in December.

Numbers of note

$8.9 billion India's trade deficit in November 2010. It had reached a 23-month high of $13.06 billion in August.

A brand new option

The NSE is altering the rules of the game in the stock options market with the introduction of European options from January 2011.

Wanted: A resolve to combat inflation

The government's short-sighted policies are stoking inflation, argues Ajit Ranade.

Review: MacBook Air, Sony NEX-5

More interesting Apple gadgets camera and a camera.

Is a further hike in interest rates by the RBI required to keep inflation in check?

The majority concurs that the Reserve Bank of India should increase rates.

Mobile number portability: All that you need to know

Mobile number portability is expected to intensify competition among operators for the 35 million post-paid subscribers, who account for one-third of their revenues but add up to less than 10 per cent of the total user base.
Wordsmith Find out the meaning of a new business word: Wombat

Find out the meaning of a new business word: Wombat

What it means: An Australian marsupial but in the corporate world refers to projects that are a drain on resources without yielding the desired results.
Book Sustainability is not a buzzword

Sustainability is not a buzzword

Adam Werbach's advice is very timely, writes Somnath Dasgupta.
Features We have identified key strategy challenge: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

We have identified key strategy challenge: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, apart from being the only Deputy Chairperson of the Commission to have two consecutive terms, has done stints at the finance ministry and the International Monetary Fund. But will he manage to reinvent planning? Edited excerpts from an interview with Puja Mehra.

Montek's manifesto

Yojana Bhavan is abuzz with strategy and some existential thoughts in yet another search for its relevance.

The game's biggest year ever

A World Cup followed by IPL-4 and a couple of high profile Test series will have over a billion people watching the game across the world - and Rs 7,000 crore changing hands.

The game's biggest year ever

A World Cup followed by IPL-4 and a couple of high profile Test series will have over a billion people watching the game across the world - and Rs 7,000 crore changing hands.

Crocodile tears

That food prices have spiralled out of control over the last 15 months shows inflation was not a priority for the UPA government. The onset of the New Year shook the government out of its stupor.

Why is Lasalgaon angry?

Asia's largest onion market is on the boil.
Commodities FMC approves futures trading in iron ore

FMC approves futures trading in iron ore

Multi Commodity Exchange of India and Indian Commodity Exchange are set to launch iron ore futures contract after it receives notification from the market regulator.
Technology 2011: A data Odyssey

2011: A data Odyssey

We hope this year millions of Indians will be able to bridge the digital divide.

2011: A data Odyssey

We hope this year millions of Indians will be able to bridge the digital divide.
LATEST Sector toppers

Sector toppers

Good old employee engagement remains the mantra for BPO and call centre firms. This and much more in the Business Today 'Best Companies to Work For' study.
Drive Can the Kizashi make a mark?

Can the Kizashi make a mark?

Booz and Company partner Vikas Sehgal, who handles the automobiles practice at the consultancy, is generally not happy with Maruti-Suzuki.

Teutonic beast

We drive the latest luxury vehicle in town.
Interviews 'Luxury vehicles sales will grow 20% annually'

'Luxury vehicles sales will grow 20% annually'

On the eve of Audi's latest car launch in India, Michael Perschke, MD, Audi India, spoke to Kushan Mitra on why he feels bullish about his company's plans for India.
Letters Reader's forum

Reader's forum

Modi Unlimited: What Makes Gujarat What It Is (BT cover, January 23) is a fitting tribute to the talents of Chief Minister Narendra Modi.
Editors note From the Editor

From the Editor

India's economy is clearly stuttering, and the bad news - sinking stocks, skyrocketing housing prices, moribund industrial output, unhappy businesses - beats down like winter hail.