Huawei feted for prioritizing staff during Covid 19 restrictions

A global best practice organization on managing people at the workplace has given Huawei Technologies special commendation for handling its workforce in Kenya at the height of the Covid 19 restrictions last year.

Known as the Top Employers Institute, the international research and consulting firm said it arrived at the result following an extensive survey and accreditation process carried out annually to examine human resources policies and programs. A key consideration for its survey was the feedback from employees about how they perceived the adaptation by their employers.

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink, said in a statement that the past two years had profoundly impacted organizations across the world and shaped the ways of working in many ways.

“Our results showed that Huawei prioritized maintaining excellent people practices in their workplace. In the past year, they continued to meet the challenges of the wider world of work while working determinedly to positively impact the lives of their workforce,” he explained.

This is the third consecutive year that Huawei Kenya was being certified as one of Kenya’s Top Employers for its leading employer practices by the Top Employers Institute. Coming at a time when COVID-19 has disrupted life and working conditions for people and organizations around the world, the award underlines the work Huawei has done to ensure that its employees across the region feel valued and cared for.

Huawei said that throughout the pandemic restrictions, it ensured that its employees were a top priority and placed an even greater emphasis on their well-being. This, together with the initiatives it’s built to ensure a strong pipeline of ICT talent in each of the countries it operates in, helped cement Huawei’s position as an employer of choice.

“Being recognized by the Top employers Institute for the third time in a row is quite a notable achievement for Huawei in Kenya. The process entailed a rigorous assessment of our policies and practices, several validation sessions and a final independent audit to ascertain the findings”, said John Zhao, the HR Director, Huawei Kenya.

According to Zhao, the award is testament to Huawei’s commitment to develop and implement policies and practices that offer employees a conducive and productive work place.

He noted that Huawei had also been awarded this status across various country offices including South Africa, Zambia, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius and Uganda, leading to it receiving the Continental HQ Top Employer for 2022 in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organizations based on the results of its HR Best Practices Audit carried out on each organization after the completion of a highly intense survey. The survey covers people strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, learning, well-being, diversity, change management, performance management and culture among many more.


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