Capital One is number one in Europe's best workplace list for 2013
Nottingham-based credit card company Capital One has won 'Europe's Best Workplace' in 2013 by Great Place to Work®.
The annual ranking is the most comprehensive study of organisational culture in the world and identifies, on this occasion, the 100 Best Workplaces in Europe. The announcement comes just two weeks after Capital One was rated the UK's number one best large employer in the UK 'Best Workplaces' Awards for 2013.
Each year, the Great Place to Work® Trust Index forms a key part of the assessment process, in which employees are encouraged to represent their honest views and perceptions of their employer. Feedback from more than 650 Capital One respondents was that employees felt 'valued and part of the business', with a strong appreciation for its 'great culture of fun & work life balance and 'genuine focus on the community'. Employees are also encouraged to participate in its annual festival - Visionfest - which showcases the best of employee talent.
Brian Cole, managing director at Capital One, said: "To receive this level of recognition on a European scale is fantastic. We have been working extremely hard to turn our strategic vision - 'Let's make lives better' - into a reality so this award is testament to the commitment and hard work of all our employees.
"We are constantly striving to create and maintain a working environment that supports and motivates our people. Capital One has a unique culture, which is firmly underpinned by our vision and we are certain that this has been the key driver of our success as an organisation."
Capital One was second in the Great Place to Work® 'Best Workplaces' awards for 2012 and has climbed to top spot this year. In addition, the company was shortlisted for Best Financial Services Provider by Which? in 2012.
Great Place to Work® launched the first Best Companies to Work For list in conjunction with Fortune magazine in the United States and Exame in Brazil more than 20 years ago. Great Place to Work® now recognises workplaces in nearly 50 countries. For the 2013 Best Workplaces in Europe lists, Great Place to Work® analysed data provided by more than 2.100 companies that represent more than a million employees.
Robert Levering, co-founder and global CEO of Great Place to Work®, said: "Companies in this year's ranking are developing organisational cultures dedicated to building trust and camaraderie among their employees. Inclusion on this list reflects companies' commitment to continuously improving the quality of life of employees and setting new standards for organisations in the future."