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Adecco is one of the best employers in Norway, according to the latest Great Place to Work survey. This ranked the staffing firm in 10th place, behind winner Microsoft and other multinationals such as Canon, Hewlett-Packard and McDonald’s.
The survey is based on employee feedback from businesses across the country. In 2010, Adecco was voted the sixth-best employer in Norway.
Adecco CEO Norway, Øwre-Johnsen, said the results were “amazing” after the business had seen “tough times” in 2011 when a high-profile nursing home scandal revealed that the company had underpaid workers.
“In 2011, the business and our employees experienced enormous challenges. So many of our employees had a painful and difficult time,” he said. “It was the biggest challenge I've experienced in my career, to lead and sustain motivation in the middle of a storm of negative media coverage.”
But he said the company had recovered commercially and is still one of the market leaders in the country. Recent figures from Adecco show that fourth-quarter revenue rose solidly, outperforming local markets such as Sweden.
The Great Place to Work Institute's best workplaces initiatives researches leading organisations in more than 45 countries worldwide. Based on data representing over 10 million employees, these best workplaces competitions form the world’s largest and most respected study of workplace excellence and people management practices.