The National Business Success Award Institute in Belgium has selected Tideway BV (a subsidiary of the Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group, DEME) as Best Performing Employer 2016 in the marine engineering sector.

Thanks to Tideway’s strong positioning, this DEME subsidiary remains a leader in its market. The Nominations Committee was impressed by the company’s innovative approach and considerable knowhow, which allowed Tideway to score highly for its customer satisfaction.

Lucas Bols and Hugo Bouvy, directors of Tideway, said: “Trust and a feel for responsibility are core values in the DEME Group. Our employee turnover and absenteeism rates are remarkably low. We prefer to offer our employees jobs that provide security, rather than temporary contracts. It increases their engagement.”

Robert Zwaan, head of the daily Nominations Committee said: “The sincere and real involvement of the management means that employees feel recognised and respected. Within the organisation, this has firmly established a tight-knit team of colleagues for whom Tideway is largely – and also literally – a second home.”

By Jake Frith