Where Africa is concerned, Optiven Group has been feted as the Best Employer Brand Africa for the year 2019 at an award ceremony held in Mauritius. The award comes shortly after Optiven Group was feted as the Best Employer Brand in East Africa at an award ceremony held in Daresalam Tanzania in June this year.
The award issued by the World HRD Congress has been in the process of reviewing Human Resource practices across the globe and singling out key companies that have footprints in their operations of how they employ, the status of work and other parameters.
Speaking shortly after the award was issued, Mr. George Wachiuri, the Group Chief Executive at Optiven said, ‘the award bestowed to Optiven Group for the Best Employer Brand Africa, is a humbling experience for us considering that we have been true to our call to transform the society – beginning with our staff and stakeholders, for a period of 20 years as at 2018.’
ABOVE: Staff of the Optiven Group while receiving the top award in the East Africa Best Employer Brand 2019 in Dar-esalam, Tanzania in June 2019
Wachiuri added that, ‘the reason we are able to do what we do is because our staff are sold out to our vision and our corporate culture is realistic in every way – based on our key areas of focus which are professionalism, innovation, customer observation and honesty’. https://www.optiven.co.ke/newsblogs/optiven-is-the-best-employer-in-east-africa/
The Best Employer Brand Awards held their 14th edition of the awards in the island nation of Mauritius on 4th December 2019 to award different corporates from across the African continent. Optiven Group was represented at the event held in the Balaclava area, and was attended by top companies from across the African continent to celebrate different milestones achieved by the corporates.
Organized by the Employer Branding Institute which organizes the awards seeks to connect senior leaders in Human Resource to enable them share best practices in the profession in line with talent management, development, and innovation. The award given to Optiven Group was in recognition of five key areas which are:-
- Production of leaders from among it’s workforce
- Capacity for managers to create or implement change
- Enabling staff to be iconic
- Encompassing talent management and retainance
- Aligning operations to the corporate mission and vision
According to Mr. Wachiuri, the company has managed to settle in its staff whom are referred to as associates through provision of various incentives key of which is providing them with a transparent platform to make key decisions that are of benefit to the organization as a whole.
He says, ‘at Optiven Group we nurture free thinkers and enable them to not only provide solutions to the problems that emerge, but anticipate the challenges and take the initiative to solve them at all levels. As the Team , I do not necessarily have to be right if a member of the team has a better idea, I also support it and contribute towards making it a success’.
Wachiuri added that the new award is a catalyst to push the company forward and confirms a prior bestowment by the London Stock Exchange Group which in 2019 singled out Optiven Group as one of the companies to inspire Africa. https://www.optiven.co.ke/newsblogs/optiven-featured-on-companies-that-inspire-africa/
And there is more that sets Optiven Group apart as regards the engagement of human resource in the workplace. The company was voted as the top 100 midsized company by KPMG and Nation Media Group for it’s Human Resource and Customer Service engagement.
The company has further received numerous awards including
- the Real Estate Agent of the year for the year 2018/2019 https://www.optiven.co.ke/newsblogs/optiven-limited-receives-twin-awards-at-the-real-estate-excellence-awards/
- Top Financial Inclusion Company in the Real Estate Sector for 2019 https://www.optiven.co.ke/newsblogs/optiven-is-the-best-in-embracing-financial-inclusion/
- Corporate Social Responsibility Awards for engagement in transformative activities under the Optiven Foundation https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/126-optiven-foundation-is-the-winner-sme-csr-awards-2019.
The latter is involved with socio-economic transformation through provision of support in the sectors of health, education, environment and sustenability initiatives among others. Wachiuri says, ‘our driving force is to create an environment that positively transforms our staff, customers and other stakeholders through being pacesetters in social economic transformation. From the proceeds of sales that we make, 5% goes back to the society through the foundation and this year we have received three awards for the work that we do with our foundation – whose key supporters are our staff.’
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