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Keeping Employees Happy

The Best Companies to Work For (BT cover, Feb. 7) offers the perfect playbook to keep employees engaged and committed.

     Print Edition: February 21, 2010

Keeping Employees Happy
The Best Companies to Work For (BT cover, Feb. 7) offers the perfect playbook to keep employees engaged and committed. At a time when most young professionals betray an attitude of being passengers in a transit on a voyage of upward mobility, companies are eager to retain talent and promote corporate fidelity among the ranks.
— Shashi Shekhar, Bangalore

Great Places to Work
The Best Companies to Work For exhibit a profound similarity in their corporate ambition. These companies look beyond the bottom line and strive to strike the right balance between their business goals and developing human capital. Although people and processes combine to give reasonable business results in many firms, only select workplaces show a high synergy between personal missions, work challenges and organisational achievements.
— Rajneesh Thakur, Delhi

Results and Rewards
Companies that pay best have become the new churches today because when it comes to money employees everywhere follow the same religion. For all the talk of companies like Google that believe in motivating employees by allowing them to draw on their deep inner wells of diligence, a majority of companies still excel at using carrots and sticks and individual incentives to drive performance.
— Prerna Rai, Chennai

Infosys Ranking
Your rankings for The Best Companies to Work For are pretty intriguing, particularly with Infosys ranked ahead of Google and Microsoft. Has the question been asked of developers at Google and Microsoft if they would be willing to move to Infosys as developers and vice versa? You say Infosys elicits little interest from India's top technology institutions and tech workers don't rank it as the top choice in the industry. Even then Infosys gets a perfect score in your rankings. Either the ranking methodology is broken or the work standards are strikingly low among Infosys' competitors.
— Balaji Viswanathan

Our reply: With regard to "Has the question been asked of developers at Google and Microsoft if they would be willing to move to Infosys and vice versa?", the anwser is No. Developers per se are not the focus of the survey. The survey covers all functional areas and it does not ask questions directly related to a specific company.

The reason for Infosys' top ranking in spite of it not being the top choice among tech workers is that the views in our survey are of 8,750 respondents, of whom about 20 per cent are from the software sector. The rest of the respondents are not from the software sector and they consider companies like Infosys to be great places to work in.

On whether our ranking methodology is broken or the work standards are strikingly low among Infosys' competitors, please note that the rankings do not attempt to give a "perfect score". The ranking index is a relative scale wherein the top ranked company gets an index score of 100 and the points for other companies are indexed to the top company's points. The difference in index scores is an indicator of the difference in perception about companies. The survey only does a relative ranking of different companies. The methodolgy of the survey is on page 74 of The Best Companies to Work For issue.

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