ABB recognised as a Top Employer in the UK

Posted on 26 Jan 2021 by Tom Lane

ABB UK has been recognized as an employer of choice, having been awarded Top Employers certification, by the Top Employers Institute, the global authority recognizing excellence in people practices.

Assessed by an independent certification company, the Top Employers programme certifies organisations based on the participation and results of their HR Policies and Best Practices. This survey covers six key HR areas consisting of 20 topics including People Strategy, Work Environment, Talent Acquisition, Learning, Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion and more.

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink said: “Despite the challenging year we have experienced, ABB has continued to demonstrate the power of putting their people first in the workplace. We are proud to share this year’s announcement and congratulate the organisations who have been certified in their respective countries through the Top Employers Institute programme.”

Investing in staff in a multitude of ways including people development, career management, implementation of engagement and wellbeing schemes and acceleration of sustainability and diversity and inclusion strategies are just some of the reasons for the award.

ABB Robotics’ YuMi is designed to be used in close proximity to regular personnel (image courtesy of ABB).
ABB’s YuMi robot is designed for a new era of automation, for example in small parts assembly, where people and robots work side-by-side on the same tasks – image courtesy of ABB.

David Hughes, Managing Director of ABB UK, commented: “Achieving Top Employers certification is a great achievement and testament to the journey we have been on over the last five years. Our people are the heart of our business. Listening to our employees and using that feedback and data to shape our HR approach has been the cornerstone of our HR policy.”

Every year ABB targets new priorities to work on to ensure it continues to evolve. Over the last 5 years the company has implemented several leading people development programmes, including a First Line Manager development initiative, apprenticeship scheme, and graduate programme. Most recently in 2020, a wellbeing strategy which recognised how the traditional world of work is changing was also designed and delivered to support employees to adapt to new work conditions, pressures, and environments.

Craig Prendergast, Head of HR for ABB UK, remarked: “We continue to identify and innovate, operating as a strategic partner to the core business’ agenda as well as catering to external circumstances, engaging with staff to ensure they feel safe and supported, which has been especially critical during the pandemic.”

As part of its continued journey to sustain Top Employer status, ABB is also undertaking a new two-year project to completely transform and implement a new digital HR landscape of tools and processes for its employees and managers.

Established 30 years ago, the Top Employers programme has certified and recognised more than 1,600 Top Employers in 120 countries/regions across five continents.