Chennai: Ashok Leyland, flagship of the Hinduja Group, and one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in India, has emerged winner of the prestigious Aon Best Employers for India in 2019. This highly-sought after recognition is bestowed upon companies and organisations who are scrutinized for best talent practices which help the brand create competitive advantage through its employees.
Best Employers India 2019 is the twelfth edition of Aon’s flagship study in Asia. The study is based on the insight that high employee engagement not only delivers greater shareholder value, but also reduces staff turnover and improves customer satisfaction. Aon began the Best Employers research in Asia in 2001 to provide insights into how organizations can create real competitive advantage through people and explore the contours of what makes a workplace of choice.
Sharing his comments on this milestone, Mr. N V Balachandar, President-HR, Communication and CSR, Ashok Leyland, said, “Ashok Leyland’s fun and caring culture has been one of the key pillars of success for us. We are thrilled that Ashok Leyland is seen as a reliable brand not only by our customers but also by our employees and by the Aon team. Our brand philosophy of ‘Aapki Jeet, Hamari Jeet’ stands true not only for our customers but also all other stakeholders, including our employees. Topping the Aon Best Employers List of 2019 further fuels our motivation to provide the best possible workplace environment which is stimulating for our employees. It is a testament for our efforts towards what we have been doing for our employees. We see this as a big milestone from where we will continue to set even higher benchmarks for the industry.”
Sharing his views on the announcement, Dr. Ashish Ambasta, Director, Talent Advisory, Aon, said, “We are delighted to welcome Ashok Leyland to this elite group of Best Employers India. Given the challenging competitive landscape of the Automobile industry, the organization has sustained focus on hiring the right talent and grooming it for future leadership roles. Designing an exemplary succession plan and roadmap for driving manager effectiveness enables the organization to stand out among other organizations.”
Ashok Leyland has a unique culture coupled with several initiatives which gives opportunity to employees to shine and showcase their talent and potential. Activities like IMPROVE and Chairman’s Award provide a platform for teams to showcase tangible ideas which can impact the company positively whether financially or efficiency-wise. The Company believes in a start-up culture which has helped develop offerings like the ‘Service-Mandi’ which is a unique digital platform for road-side assistance and is already a hit amongst customers. Similarly, the employee policies and talent management systems are industry-best and is highly appreciated by the employees, resulting in a highly motivated workforce which strives towards the goal of improving Company performance and efficiency, year-after-year.
This in-depth study of companies and its employees, by Aon Hewitt, is being conducted annually for almost two decades, backed with engagement research of over 7,300 global organizations. This study supports the striking evidence that having a high level of Employee Engagement, a Compelling Employer Brand, Effective Leadership and a High Performance Culture translates into a committed and productive workforce that delivers stronger business results.