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Top employer: Carl Tabisz, senior manager of engagement at Asda

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Following the recent Top Employers Certification Dinner, we're catching up with leading organisations to find out how to become a 'top employer'. Under the spotlight today, we have Asda.

Introducing: Carl Tabisz

I lead the engagement team within the communication and engagement department of the HR function, ensuring that our engagement activities and measurement tools are designed and delivered in conjunction with the business’ objectives.

Asda has 170,000 dedicated employees serving customers from more than 580 stores, 26 depots and over 400 Click and Collect sites. Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire, and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

More than 18 million people shop at Asda stores every week and 98% of UK homes are served by www.ASDA.com.

What makes your organisation a top employer?

It’s great to receive this accolade. We aim to provide an outstanding colleague experience, with high quality initiatives that engage, reward and motivate colleagues, ensuring that they can develop themselves personally and professionally, and build a rewarding career.

What initiatives do you have in place to help be a top employer?

Having achieved Top Employers recognition for the last couple of years we are clear about where our opportunities lie. We are working through our business priorities and have aligned our HR strategy to support this.

We have set challenging objectives and metrics and hold ourselves to account by reviewing them on a monthly basis.

We strongly believe that a top employer should always focus on and continuously review these HR disciplines:

• Talent strategy  
• Workforce planning 
• On-boarding 
• Learning & development 
• Performance management 
• Leadership development 
• Career & succession management 
• Compensation & benefits 
• Culture 

It’s important to ensure your over-arching HR strategy aims to improve the employee experience and ultimately strengthen your employer brand at the same time too.

What are you working on now, what’s top of your agenda?

As a business we're focussing on talent and engagement. In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world we need to ensure that we are fit for the future and have deep enough talent pools.

We're also conscious that there are five generations in the workplace today, and we need to tailor our communication and engagement strategy accordingly to that.

About Top Employers Institute

The Top Employers Institute globally certifies excellence in the conditions that employers create for their people. Optimal employee conditions ensure that people develop themselves personally and professionally. This in turn enables companies to grow and to develop, always.

Find out more about the Top Employers Institute and their certification here.

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