The Power of Positive People

In today’s tough economy and competitive business environment, companies face increasing pressure to balance the needs of customers, shareholders and employees.  Some act as if keeping both shareholders and employees satisfied are mutually exclusive goals.  Three recent data points indicate otherwise.

A Gallup study estimates that unhappy employees cost U.S. companies $550 billion per year due to absenteeism, turnover, work productivity and quality issues.

A Towers Watson study finds that companies with the highest levels of employee engagement and enablement have the highest levels of net profit margin.

A Wharton School study discovered that companies recognized as best places to work have higher annual stock market growth than their industry peers.

Agilent is proud to be recognized around the world as a superior place to work.  Among its recent accolades:

  • Best Companies for Work-Life Balance (Forbes)
  • Best Companies to Work For (24/7 Wall St)
  • Best Corporate Citizens (Corporate Responsibility)
  • Employees Choice (Glassdoor/Forbes)
  • National Champion, Spain (European Business Awards)
  • Best Employers in Malaysia (Aon Hewitt)
  • Best Employers for Women (Aon Hewitt)
  • Top Companies for Work-Life Balance (Glassdoor)
  • Leaders in Corporate Citizenship (Corporate Responsibility)

In a recent presentation to students, Agilent President and CEO Bill Sullivan said, “Ultimately, our success does not depend on our products or our technologies.  It depends on our people winning against the competition’s people.  Agilent’s goal is to hire and retain the best teams, then empower them and provide them with the necessary resources to succeed.”


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