Great Place to Work® in partnership with Ceylon Chamber of Commerce named Oxford College of Business (OCB) as one of the Top 25 best workplaces in Sri Lanka on their annual 2017 Best Companies to Work For list, published recently in LMD magazine. This is the fourth consecutive time Oxford College of Business has received this honour. In addition, Oxford College of Business also received the Silver Award in the Small Size Enterprise Category (25-200 employees), the list recognizes companies with exceptional workplace cultures for the past five years.
“This is a great honour, and I give all glory and honour to Christ alone for this great achievement for being listed as a Great Place to Work in Sri Lanka for 2017″ said Malindu Ranasinghe, Director/CEO at Oxford College of Business. The OCB culture empowers employees to be engaged and have ownership of their jobs through clear accountability, meaningful work, coaching, feedback, and positive reinforcement. Our employees are the heart and soul of a go-beyond culture that enables us to attract and retain the best team of intellectuals in the country which drives our competitive advantage. Our commitment to shared values unites us globally and fosters an environment in which innovation and teamwork thrive. Being acknowledged as a ‘Great Place to Work’ for the fourth time is an honour Oxford College of Business is very proud to accept. He further added that “Creating an environment in which innovation and our employees thrive contributes directly to our students’ and partners’ success. Being a great company to work for makes us a great company to work with. Our students and partners can feel the difference in the way we collaborate with them. Inspired and happy employees make success happen for our students and stakeholder.”
A model higher education provider
“At Oxford College of Business, we share a vision to be a model higher education provider. This vision drives us to deliver the best possible results for the communities we serve by living a set of core values. We believe that being a model higher education provider means winning in the marketplace with integrity and honour. A great culture is the foundation for success for us and for our students and partners.
“Earning this recognition by Great Place to Work® is an honour,” said Dhanushka Kulathilake, Head of Academic at Oxford College of Business. “Oxford College of Business is a great place to work, where intellectually curious, hard-working and creative people challenge each other every day to do their best, work and to give students a learning experience like none other.”
Competing among the best companies in Sri Lanka
Competing against hundreds of companies across the country, Oxford College of Business participated in a rigorous selection process, which included an employee survey and an in-depth questionnaire about benefits programs and company practices. Great Place to Work® evaluates each application using its unique methodology based on five dimensions of a great workplace: credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In compiling the list, Great Place to Work® has found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.
According to the study, Oxford College of Business respondents scored each of the following six categories at 90 percent or more: great challenges, great atmosphere, great rewards, great pride, great communication, and great bosses. The result was a 99 percent Trust Index.
Among the many other standout ratings, 98 percent of respondents reported that they were proud to tell others that they worked at Oxford College of Business, and an identical number indicated that they felt good about the ways in which Oxford College of Business contributed to the community. In an era in which work-life balance sometimes seems hard to achieve, 100 percent of respondents felt they were able “to take time off from work” when they felt it necessary.
The Director/CEO of Oxford College of Business also went on to state that “Great company cultures don’t just happen. They are created through an intentional investment in employees. This award is a strong sign our employees embrace our corporate culture and enjoy being members of the Oxford College of Business.”
“We want all of our employees to look forward to going into our offices, every day, we want them to be excited about the possibilities, the next challenge and the next win. When our employees enjoy what they are doing, we create great services and superior customer experiences. Hiring the best talent and developing a positive and creative environment enables us to deliver beyond our customers’ expectations.” Oxford College of Business has taken part in the Trust Index© Employee Survey from Great Place To Work since 2014 and has been an integral part of Oxford College of Business strategy.