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Due to the widespread outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 many people around the world are insecure about their own health and that of their loved ones, as well as about their jobs. That is why it’s more important than ever for employers to create a working environment in which people feel safe and cared for. Being a good employer is a cornerstone of RGF Staffing’s strategy and day-to-day business, so we were proud to learn that four of our companies in Belgium have been recognized as a ‘Great Place to Work’.

Start People Best Employer in Belgium

Start People Belgium Best Place To Work 2020Four of our organizations in Belgium were recognized as ‘Great Place To Work 2019’ by Europe’s Best Place to Work® Institute. In the category ‘Companies with more than 500 employees’ Start People finished first, after
5 consecutive top-10 rankings. Ann Martens, General Manager Start People Belgium: “I’m extremely proud and honored that our employees voted Start People as the number
1 Best Workplace in Belgium!"

"Our permanent focus on transparent communication has certainly paid off. We encourage all our employees to express themselves in any way possible. We also involve them in important decisions. The combination of our hands on result driven mentality and the celebration of large and small company successes is our secret to a great company culture.” 

Bright Plus awarded for the eighth time 

Bright Plus Belgium Grate Place To Work 2020

Bright Plus was named one of the best workplaces in Belgium by the Great Place to Work Institute ending up in fifth place. This honor has now been awarded to them eight times. Linda Cappelle, General Manager
Bright Plus: “We’re honored to have received this recognition for the eight time because especially in times like these, it is important
to take care of one another and to be there
for our employees. In that lies the strength of Bright Plus: our employees make all the difference. They are the ‘Plus’ in Bright Plus. We empower them and give them the opportunity to shape their own future. By encouraging each and every one of them to show initiative and intrapreneurship, we enable all our colleagues to contribute to a better working environment.”

Unique Belgium and Solvus

Unique Belgium renewed their Great Place To Work certificate for the 3rd year in a row. Solvus is certified for the fourth time. Katty Scheerlinck, Country Director USG People Belgium: “We are very excited and proud that all four of our companies in Belgium have been recognized as a Great Place to Work. Every day, our colleagues and management teams invest in an inspiring workplace, where people are encouraged to create their opportunities for development. In these tough times, connectivity is even more important for all our people. Obviously we fully comply with privacy regulations, but within those boundaries we’re doing everything we can to stay in touch and cultivate strong connections with our employees, clients and candidates.”

Rob Zandbergen, CEO RGF Staffing: “Especially in these difficult times it is more important than ever to be a great place to work and to take care of each other. I would like to thank all our employees for their dedication and hard work and for the wonderful recognition they have given us as an employer.”

How the list is compiled

The list of best employers is compiled annually by the Great Place To Work® Institute based on an in-depth analysis of the corporate culture and the level of trust between employer and employees. Two-thirds of the overall score is determined by the staff while one-third is based on a detailed analysis of the HR policy and corporate culture by the Great Place To Work® Institute.

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In the Netherlands, several companies are taking innovative steps to increase diversity and inclusive hiring in the workplace. We are proud to say that our own company, Unique, an employment placement agency in the Netherlands, implemented an ambitious effort to guard against unconscious bias.

During the "Week of the Anonymous CV", age, gender, origin, dates and name were eliminated from resumes being evaluated by their clients. The only information the consultants of Unique gave to the hiring managers was the person's experience and education. Unique was seeking to give more attention to the skills, experience, and educational attributes of a candidate for a position; not the factors that may exclude qualified candidates based on bias.

Diana_Magielsen_UniqueUnique's Operational Director, Diana
Magielsen, expressed her thoughts on discrimination poignantly: "At Unique we
want to take a stand against distrust,
prejudice, stereotyping and exclusion. Unfortunately, discrimination is a persistent social problem that we cannot solve alone.
But when organizations are determined to reflect society's diversity, we can make a valuable contribution." 

Fostering a culture of inclusion

Recruit Group seeks to challenge the cultural meanings that people apply to one another - intentionally or unconsciously. We believe empowering a diverse team of people to pursue their passions, guided by equality
in the workplace, is the best way to
strengthen any team. 

Inclusivity is integral to successful organizations

When actions are taken to promote inclusive and sustainable workplaces, the results demonstrate the benefits of diversity in the workplace and its social impact. Our mission is to help people achieve their passions, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or disability. And in doing so, inclusivity becomes an integral element of successful organizations. Inclusivity allows businesses to benefit from having the most skilled employees on their teams, generating a wealth of diverse ideas and avenues toward growth.

RGF Staffing is subsidiary to Recruit Holdings. Read more on Sustainability at Recruit Holdings.
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Recruit Global Staffing respects, celebrates, and capitalizes on each other’s differences, such as diversity in nationality, race, religion, gender, age, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. We strive to close the opportunity gap. That is why we fully support the Week of the Anonymous CV of Unique, one of our brands in the Netherlands.

A recent study by Unique shows that an initiative like the Week of the Anonymous CV is needed urgently. In a survey by Unique, 56% of Dutch employees responsible for HR indicate that personal data always play a certain role in the application process. Despite the fact that they may not want this to be the case. The survey was held among 620 HR-employees.

A foreign sounding name

Age discrimination is particularly common: 4 out of 10 interviewees sometimes did not invite someone because of age. This is followed by place of residence, photo, gender and origin. 

Week of the Anonymous CV

To draw attention on discrimination consultants of Unique during the Week of the Anonymous CV will only use CVs that are stripped of personal data. By focusing on work experience, talent and motives of the applicants, Unique wants to hold up a mirror to Dutch society. The first Week of the Anonymous CV took place in October 2018.

Equal opportunities

Diana Magielsen, Operational Director of Unique: “With our second Week of the Anonymous CV we want to make people think twice and trigger a change in mentality. We believe that everyone should have equal opportunities on the labour market. By removing the personal data from the CVs Unique wants to show that people and their talents and ambitions are the most important. We don’t tolerate discrimination based on personal data.” 

Keep the conversation going

Magielsen: “We consider this a very important social issue. We feel a strong obligation to address it. The Week of the Anonymous CV helps us to keep the conversation going and to create awareness for the importance of diversity and inclusiveness. Having to go against the tide is a confirmation that this week is desperately needed. And we like to take that pioneering role!”

Download the infographic with the key figures of the Week of the Anonymous CV here (Dutch only).

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Four of our organisations in Belgium have been recognized as ‘Great Place To Work 2019’ by Europe’s Best Place to Work® Institute.

In the category Companies with fewer than 500 employees Secretary Plus finished third. Unique and Solvus were also certified in this category. Start People ended fifth in the category ‘companies with more than 500 employees’.

‘An extra boost'

Solvus, Unique, Start People and Secretary Plus are all part of USG People Belgium, subsidiary to Recruit Global Staffing. Katty Scheerlinck, Country director of USG People Belgium: “I’m very proud of my colleagues and our organisation. More importantly for me, this recognition is based on how our colleagues experience our initiatives to create a great workplace in practice. Our focal point is on being a place where management is trusted and employees are proud of what they do and enjoy being with their colleagues. Their appreciation provides an extra boost to continue along the chosen path.”

Our people are the key drivers

Rob Zandbergen, CEO of Recruit Global Staffing: “I’m very happy to see that our operating companies’ continuous efforts to be an attractive employer are effective and appreciated by our employees. After all, our people are the key drivers of our success.”

How the list is compiled

The list of best employers is compiled annually by the Great Place To Work® Institute based on an in-depth analysis of the corporate culture and the level of trust between employer and employees. Two-thirds of the overall score is determined by the staff while one-third is based on a detailed analysis of the HR policy and corporate culture by the Great Place To Work® Institute.

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A healthy mind in a healthy body!

USG People Belgium not only makes sure that the employees are doing well, but takes care of others too. In October, employees of Start People, Unique, USG Professionals, Secretary Plus and Solvus embarked on a walk for charity, which will total 40,000 kilometres by the end of the year. A walk around the earth, basically!

Walking keeps you fit, but obviously that is not the only reason USG People Belgium is doing this. As a company we feel it’s important to make a meaningful contribution to society. The walking project is an excellent way to combine exercise with charity.

10,000 euros to Alzheimer's research

If we manage to reach the 40,000 kilometres together, USG People Belgium will donate 10,000 euros to 'Stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek' (Alzheimer’s Research Foundation) during the ‘Warmste Week Music for Life’, an annual fundraiser in Belgium. 

Alzheimer’s Research Foundation is the only foundation in Belgium that focuses specifically on funding scientific research into Alzheimer’s disease and other brain disorders.

Young dementia

In general, people think about dementia and Alzheimer’s as diseases that only affect the elderly. Recently, however, more attention has been paid to Alzheimer's among young people, with dementia occurring before the age of 65 and often as young as 50. The problems in this age bracket are often very different from those of the very elderly.

Young dementia attacks people in the prime of their lives. As they face loss of memory, as well as of the ability to plan, organize and assess, their professional and private lives are greatly affected.

As a company we feel it’s important to make a meaningful contribution to society
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Clients, media and candidates responded enthusiastically to Unique’s Week of the Anonymous CV

Gender, age and origin should have no impact on whether a candidate gets the chance to achieve dreams and ambitions. That’s why in October all Unique consultants started working with anonymous CVs.

These resumes have been stripped of personal data such as date of birth, first day of work, gender, name and date of graduation, and focus on a candidate’s talents, motivations, qualifications and what makes them special. The Week of the Anonymous CV is part of Unique's 26-week action plan against discrimination in staffing.

Selecting without prejudice

The Week of the Anonymous CV was a success. For example, our clients’ response to Unique's initiative was overwhelmingly positive, as shown by this news item from NOS, the biggest news network in The Netherlands.  

Website visitors positive

During the week we asked visitors to Unique’s website for feedback. "This week we only propose anonymous candidates to our clients. What do you think of this idea?” More than 3,000 visitors responded. 49% of them responded with “very good, this should be standard practice". Another 33% thought it was "fine" and 18% didn’t think the initiative was necessary.

Emphasis on work experience and knowledge

We also asked visitors to motivate their answers. For example, many who didn’t feel it was necessary to apply anonymously felt it didn’t tackle the underlying problem. Other candidates feared that after submitting an anonymous CV, discrimination could still be an issue during a job interview. But the overall response was that anonymous CVs are a good way of placing more emphasis on work experience and knowledge - the aspects that really matter in an application.

No one-off initiative

The week is not a one-off initiative: Unique will continue to propose anonymous candidates, as part of Unique’s 26-week plan.

CEO Marion van Happen: "The world seems to be getting more short-sighted and increasingly impersonal. At Unique we want to take a stand against distrust, prejudice, stereotyping and exclusion. Unfortunately, discrimination is a persistent social problem that we cannot solve alone. But when organisations are determined to reflect society’s diversity, we can make a valuable contribution."

'Equal opportunities as our cornerstone'

"Equal opportunities for everyone, which is the idea behind the 26-week plan against discrimination and for inclusiveness, has been a cornerstone of our way of working for years. Now is the time to share that with the world. To show exactly how we are fighting discrimination, and which of our clients are working with us. Such ‘Naming & faming’, we hope, will inspire others to do the same. This is how we are reinventing the labour market.”

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