Whirlpool EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) has been named a Top Employer Europe, for the fourth year in a row by the Top Employer Institute, in six countries – Italy, France, Poland, Russia, UK and Germany.
The “Top Employer” certification, which is granted to companies achieving the highest standards in human resources management, recognizes Whirlpool’s commitment to shaping strategic and thoughtful workplace programs. Areas identified by Top Employer Europe include Whirlpool’s efforts to create a working environment that empowers and strengthens employees’ skills, and its implementation of innovative HR practices and tools that allow people to perform at their best and thrive together every day, even in the most challenging times.
“It’s a moment of immense pride to see our organization recognized as Top Employer for the 4th consecutive year – commented Farhaj Majeed – Vice President Human Resources Whirlpool EMEA – This has been possible thanks to the commitment and resilience of all our teams across EMEA, that kept going through this pandemic and enabled us to carry on pursuing our vision to improve lives at home while implementing advanced people practices and tools, employee wellbeing initiatives and learning programs that helped us overcome the challenges in 2020.”
Among its most significant achievements, Whirlpool EMEA completed a large-scale HR transformation empowering People Leaders to embody the highest-standards of excellence in their practices, in real time and in a highly digitalized environment. This initiative allowed the company to improve their employees’ experience, involving 1,200 People Leaders across 35 countries and standardizing all the HR processes for the teams.
Further, Whirlpool in 2020 focused on wellbeing as a core priority, activating multiple surveys throughout the year to collect suggestions on employees’ needs, creating ad-hoc webinars & training sessions on various topics such as: managing teams and best practices for working in a VUCA world, resilience, change and managing stress and parenting during Covid-19.
In addition to the effort of fostering a positive environment, the Top Employer certification has also awarded Whirlpool for its workplace culture founded on its core values of Integrity, Respect, Inclusion and Diversity, One Whirlpool and Spirit of Winning and on the new Company Leadership model, a set of behaviors and actions that will guide everyone within the company to work at its best.
Whirlpool believes it is its moral imperative to respect diversity and include employees from all walks of life. For this reason the company has active Employee Resource Groups that help integrate I&D into everything that has been done – such as the Women’s Network and the Young Professionals Network.