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Dutch institute names DHL as top employer in Jamaica

Published:Friday | March 11, 2016 | 3:02 PMMcPherse Thompson

Courier service provider DHL has been certified top employer in Jamaica by the Netherlands-based Top Employers Institute.

The company was also officially certified as the top employer in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Our comprehensive independent research revealed that DHL provides exceptional employee conditions, nurtures and develops talent throughout all levels of the organisation and has demonstrated its leadership status in the HR environment, always striving to optimise its employment practices and to develop its employees," the institute noted.

DHL was also one of only eight companies worldwide to earn the Institute's global top employer award, which recognises commitment to support and develop employees worldwide, DHL, whose outfit in Jamaica is based at Haining Road, New Kingston, said in a release.

DHL Express's entities in 44 countries were granted to employer certifications, including eight in the Americas, namely, the United States, Barbados, Brazil, Curacao, Jamaica, Mexico and Venezuela.

"DHL is proud to be recognised as a top employer throughout the Americas region," said Donovan James, Country Manager of DHL Express Jamaica. "This is an outstanding honour that acknowledges the complete dedication we have to our employees. We believe that by providing employees with tools and support to fully develop their skills, and by having a strong culture of recognition, we are nurturing an exceptional workforce."

The Institute assessed DHL on: talent strategy, workforce planning, onboarding, learning and development, performance management, leadership development, career and succession management, compensation and benefits, and culture.

"Optimal employee conditions ensure that people can develop themselves personally and professionally," the release quoted Dennis Utter, Global Business Director for the Top Employers Institute as saying.

"Our comprehensive research concluded that DHL provides an outstanding employment environment and offers a wide range of creative initiatives, from secondary benefits to performance-management programmes that are well thought out and truly aligned with the culture of their company," he said.

To be certified by the institute, companies must first participate human resource best practices survey, which assesses human resource management and employee conditions within an organisation; and then undergo a validation and external audit.

mcpherse.thompson@gleanerjm.com