Aida named one of the best employers in SA

Real estate group Aida has been selected as one of the best companies to work for in South Africa.

The selection by Corporate Research Foundation (CRF) means Aida will feature in the 2006 edition of the book Best Companies to Work for in SA, which was recently released in Johannesburg.

Aida's selection was based on unsolicited research and assessments. The company scored full marks in several assessment categories and received five-star ratings for education, training and development; black economic empowerment; and cultural diversity.

In the sections salaries and benefits; internal promotional mobility; corporate social investment; and communications and working atmosphere and environs the company received a rating of four stars.

Aida CEO Alex Fenwick says as a real estate franchising company Aida forms a
conduit between buyers and sellers of property and sells its brand and goodwill to franchisees. "It provides word-class management systems and operational guidelines to franchisees to enable them to deliver outstanding service to clients.

"Aida offers an extensive referral network that opens the local as well as international property markets to our clients. The company also maintains a business model to meet client's needs and strives to increase brand equity for the benefit of all stakeholders."

At the same time, he says, the company has a "family" culture that is a major plus factor for employees as well as clients. In this, he notes, it is in line with many of the other companies chosen by CRF to feature in this year' s selection of the Best Companies to Work for in SA.

These, CRF noted at the recent launch of the book, come from all sectors of business and commerce and include global giants, locally listed companies and specialised niche-market suppliers, but all have at least one thing in common: The belief that people are a company's most important assets.

"And in contrast to past practices, many companies now are offering employees far more flexibility in working hours, remuneration packages and what is required to achieve a healthy work / life balance."

To this, Fenwick says, Aida adds continuous training, "which enables our employees to adapt and respond to changing market conditions without undue stress."

*Aida was also recently awarded a Professional Management Review Golden Arrow as the real estate company rated by top executives and provincial government officials to have done the most to enhance economic growth and development in Gauteng.
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