About AVEVE

In our 50 business units, 1,800 employees daily go the extra mile for their customers viz. agriculture and horticulture professionals as well as garden and pet lovers and home-baking enthusiasts. The AVEVE Group is the number one supplier for sustainable farming and market gardening in Belgium and provides high-quality products and solutions. Those who are passionate about gardening, pets and home-baking find everything they need in any of the 250 AVEVE shops. AVEVE also operates in neighbouring countries, viz. in the south of the Netherlands, in northern France and in southwestern Germany. Besides, the AVEVE Group is also internationally active in niche markets.

Facts & Figures

Industry Manufacturing, Retail
Number of employees 1625
Number of active countries 5

The Research

Certification is only awarded to the best employers around the world: companies that demonstrate the highest standards of employee offerings. The Top Employers Institute’s research assesses all critical areas of the Human Resources environment, certifying organisations that can demonstrate they are continuously optimising employee conditions and leading the way in the development of their people.

The employee offerings of AVEVE

This is a selection of the Employee Offerings that this company offers to (some of) its employees.

Communication Channels

  • Formal sessions (e.g. one-to-one meetings between employee and manager)
  • Works councils
  • Suggestions box/email
  • Employee surveys

Learning and development programs

  • Graduate development programmes/traineeships
  • Internship programmes
  • International exchange programmes
  • Competency-based training programmes
  • Coaching programmes
  • Peer support programmes
  • Soft skill training programmes (e.g. feedback, time management, communication)
  • On-the-job training
  • Conferences/congresses/seminars (internal/external)
  • Workshops (internal/external)
  • Online training programmes (always available)
  • 180- and/or 360-degree feedback
  • (Peer) coaching
  • e-Learning (module)
  • Coaching
  • Simulations and learning games
  • Communities of Practice
  • Collaborative Learning Experiences (e.g. Action learning group/Team-based learning)

Compensation and benefits

  • Salaries
  • Variable compensation
  • Pension
  • Training investment
  • Secondary benefits
  • Employee discounts on company services/products
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Shift premiums
  • Meal subsidies/canteen services
  • Subsidy Medical Insurance
  • Overpay

Flexible Working Conditions

  • Flexi-time working
  • Job sharing
  • Part-time working
  • Sabbatical/career break
  • Time off in lieu (TOIL)/Time-for-time
  • Telecommuting/working from home
  • Employer contribution for child care
  • Onsite nursing/feeding/mothers’ room

Networking Activities

  • Sports events (e.g. sports day)
  • Organising weekly drinks or other social event (by staff association)
  • Flexible workspace at the office
  • Online chat/instant messaging
  • Seasonal social events
  • Special informal sessions with Executive Management

Onboarding Activities

  • Pre-Employment package (after contract is signed)
  • Step-by-step On-boarding programme (hard copy or online)
  • Employee handbook that specifies HR policy and regulations (hard copy or online)
  • Use of internal/external social media (networks) to chat with current employees
  • Meeting with HR to explain procedures
  • Check-in meetings at specific intervals
  • Meeting with manager regarding job role, tasks,expectations
  • A role-specific introductory training programme
  • A buddy is assigned to the new employee
  • Post-hire assessment
  • Announcement/introduction by management
  • A tour around the organisation
  • Meeting with CEO/Executive Management
  • (Social) Networking events for new employees
  • Internal social media (network) experience sharing
  • Team lunch/dinner
  • Induction course (covering the organisation’s mission,vision, values)
  • Code of Conduct
  • Safety policies and instructions

Career and succession management

  • Job rotation
  • Training programme
  • Coaching
  • Special assignment
  • International mobility (expatriation or short-term assignment)

Secondary benefits

  • Laptop
  • Mobile Telephone
  • Telephone allowance
  • Car/travel allowance
  • Bicycle scheme
  • Company car
  • Entertainment allowance
  • On-site parking

Well-being programs

  • Safety programme
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Ergonomic support
  • Health & Safety officer/manager
  • Personal support line
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
  • Burn-out recovery programme
  • Confidential adviser
  • Maintaining salary level above legal requirements
  • Maintaining employee contractual rights above legal requirements
  • Occupational Health professional
  • Smoking cessation programme
  • On-site flu vaccinations