Elara Technologies Pte Ltd., owner of Housing.com, PropTiger.com, and Makaan.com, has debuted as one of the top 100 Best Workplaces in India 2017 in the annual ranking of India’s Best Companies to Work For conducted by the Great Place to Work® Institute and The Economic Times. This acknowledgement places Elara Technologies among an elite group of 100 companies chosen from over 600 organisations across 20 industry sectors that provide employees a fun, challenging and learning environment at work.
Using an objective methodology of assessing workplace culture, the Great Place to Work institute benchmarked the surveyed companies as per two key parameters that measure employee experience and people practices. This meant that Elara Technologies’ initiatives cantered around its employees, including global best practices, extensive training modules and employee benefits along with a commitment towards work-life balance, contributed significantly to the company’s strong performance on the list.
Over the years, Elara Technologies has striven to build an organisation on the fundamentals of trust, transparency and expertise. With strategic acquisitions and the recent merger with Housing.com, the company has grown rapidly without losing its cultural nucleus. Focus on talent development and training has paid the company rich dividends.
Commenting on the achievement, Dhruv Agarwala, Group CEO, Housing.com, PropTiger.com, and Makaan.com, said, “Our aim has been to build a workplace that fosters growth, innovation and collaborative teamwork. In a sector that has conventionally been known as unorganized, we have worked hard to create winning teams. As we move towards our goal of becoming the largest digital real estate company, we firmly believe that our growth story has been written by our people. We feel honoured to have received this recognition and view it as a testimony to our work culture, core values and most importantly, our commitment towards creating a happy workplace.”
Rohit Hasteer, Group CHRO, Housing.com, PropTiger.com, and Makaan.com, said, “With this recognition, we have further cemented our position of being an organization that provides a healthy work environment, effective management and innovative policies that foster a high-performance environment. Given the diverse nature of our work force, one key focus area has been Learning & Development and we feel that we have set out on a journey which is unique and our own. This award is an acknowledgement from our employees who believe in a common dream.”
Elara Technologies has implemented several initiatives for its employees that contribute to their growth and development. Being a hybrid organization that brings the worlds of real estate and e-commerce together, the company has designed customized and robust programs to keep the employees abreast with an ever changing environment. Some of these include: Hakuna Matata, an exclusive 90-day programme for new joiners; iGrow, a learning road map designed to build organization capability through competencies (Foundational & Leadership) that are crucial for our people to succeed within Elara; customized training programs for department needs such as pre-sales, developers, finance, administration etc., Management Development Programs (MDPs) at top institutes and Individual Development Plans (IDPs). In addition, the company organized its second successful hackathon at its Gurgaon and Bangalore offices recently to motivate its employees to think beyond the obvious and find answers to complex issues.
India’s Best Companies To Work For is the country’s largest annual study based on workplace culture aimed at identifying, recognizing, learning and spreading best practices of organizations that achieve business objectives by being great workplaces. More than 600 companies across 21 industries participated in the study in India, making it one of the most competitive lists nationally.