Outstanding workplace culture: Ringier certified as a Great Place to Work®

Ringier has been certified as a Great Place to Work® due to its workplace culture. This result makes Ringier one of Switzerland’s best employers. The certification was based on an employee survey conducted in July 2021. The trust among employees and the fairness they experience in their day-to-day work were rated particularly highly. These ratings put Ringier well above the average for comparable Swiss companies.

In July 2021, Great Place to Work® conducted an anonymous employee survey on behalf of Ringier to determine the current level of employee satisfaction. With a general satisfaction level of 87% and a Trust Index score of 76% (based on the average answers to more than 60 questions), Ringier has been certified as a Great Place to Work®. To be awarded this certification, companies must achieve an overall survey result of at least 65% in the Trust Index™.

Michael Hermann, co-owner and consultant at Great Place to Work® Switzerland: «Ringier is now officially one of Switzerland’s best employers. The result is a testament to the impressive increase in employee satisfaction at the company in recent years. The ratings received for trust among colleagues and the fairness they experience are well above the average for comparable companies. Both of these are important requirements for enabling organisations to meet future challenges, respond quickly and initiate improvements based on the feedback received.»

Ringier CEO Marc Walder: «The satisfaction and acceptance of our employees are of central importance to us. We have worked hard, done a lot and changed a lot to improve in these areas. Ringier aims to be an innovative, entrepreneurial and agile company in 18 countries, despite operating in a highly dynamic industry. We are proud of this great result. Nevertheless, we’ll keep striving to become even better.» 

Since September 2021, Ringier employees have been able to work flexibly from anywhere in Switzerland. With «Mobile Office», Ringier has chosen a hybrid working model that strikes a sensible balance between on-site attendance and remote work. The new Ringier Mobile Office Policy allows a remote-working quota of up to 60%. Regular team days at the office (at least 40%) are recommended, but daily attendance is no longer mandatory.

Susanne Jud, Chief People Officer at Ringier, added: «Personal interaction is very important to our company culture, and we wish to keep it this way. With our long-term Ringier Mobile Office Policy, we are giving employees greater flexibility, self-determination and responsibility in organising their daily work. The 60:40 solution strikes a good balance between the best of remote working and the best of the office.»

Ringier AG, Corporate Communications

​​About Great Place to Work® Switzerland

As an international consulting firm with offices in over 60 countries, Great Place to Work® helps organisations develop a great workplace culture. In Switzerland, Great Place to Work® was founded in 2008 and has offices in Zurich and Lausanne. Great Place to Work® uses a globally established model with evidence-based standards to analyse workplace culture. Organizations with an outstanding workplace culture succeed in activating the potential of all their employees and thereby increasing value creation. The basis for this is mutual trust, values that are lived and leadership quality. By means of an employee survey and a culture audit, the strengths and potential of the workplace culture can be evaluated and further developed through concrete measures. This approach shows both the impact on value creation and enables a comparison with other organizations. This provides the basis for the “Best Workplaces in Switzerland” award as Great Place to Work®, as well as for the certification of Swiss training companies as “Great Start! Every year, Great Place to Work® Switzerland evaluates the workplace culture of about 200 organizations – from SMEs to large corporations – and thus supports their development into attractive employers.

About Ringier

Ringier AG is an innovative, digitalised and diversified Swiss media company operating in Europe, Asia and Africa. Its portfolio includes around 110 subsidiaries in the print, digital media, radio, ticketing, entertainment and e-commerce sectors and leading online marketplaces for cars, property and jobs. As a venture capital provider, Ringier supports innovative digital start-ups. Ringier, a family company founded in 1833 as a publishing house and printing plant, has invested consistently in digitalisation and global expansion in recent years. In 2020, the company’s some 6.800 employees, operating in 18 different countries, generated revenues of 953.7 million CHF. Today, 69 per cent of its operating profit already comes from digital, where Ringier is a leader among European media companies. Ringier’s core values are independence, freedom of expression and a pioneering spirit.