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Friday, September 01, 2006

SAP Back in the Race for Best Employer

For the third year in a row, SAP is participating in a survey and competition to be selected "Germany's Best Employer." In 2005 and 2006, SAP won the award in the category for companies with more than 5,000 employees." In addition to Germany, SAP Andina y del Caribe, SAP Mexico, and SAP Chile have also been recognized with the "Great Place To Work award by their corresponding national Great Place to Work Institutes in 2006.

As in previous years, the contest is decided by employees chosen at random to participate in the survey. Those selected then have the chance to actively defend the title of "Great Place to Work." Tuesday, September 12, is the big day. Five hundred employees at SAP AG in Germany will receive an e-mail with a link to the online survey. The survey, which runs two weeks, contains 59 closed questions and one open-ended. It is completely anonymous.

The philosophy of the competition is to recognize and award prizes to the best employers in Germany. The Great Place to Work Institute Deutschland, the independent research and consulting institute psychonomics, and the Capital business magazine, have jointly organized the competition, which elects the top 100 companies.

In addition to the employee survey, the Culture Audit is another evaluation tool. For the Culture Audit, Human Resources is requested to present all HR programs, measures, and concepts, and to document these with appropriate materials, from flyers to film. The employee vote, however, carries the most weight.

The results of the competition are expected at the end of the year.