Great Manager Awards Program is a joint initiative by People Business and Times of India to identify and reward organizations with "Great Managers" in India and enable the participant organizations to compare and benchmark themselves across the industry. This program comprises of two categories: one assessing the companies and the other assessing the managers. As part of this assessment, all participating organizations/managers are measured using the R-Opti Model ™. We ask a representative sample of your organization’s employees to share their feedback on the five variables, which, in our research, define a great manager from employees’ perspective. We get this information by getting the employees to fill a detailed employee survey questionnaire. Based on the employee responses, we compile the data and publish - the companies with the highest scores as “Companies with Great managers” and the managers with highest scores as “Great Managers” .
Companies that wish to participate can register here as a first step of expressing their interest to us. Our Great Manager representative will conduct a background qualification research. On being qualified, our representative will send you an invitation to complete the registration formalities and will take you through the further process. Read here to know the steps involved in participation.

The organizations can nominate their managers based on the following criteria All the nominees:

Number of managers to be nominated for Hunt for Great managers and the criteria apart from the compulsory one is the choice of the organization.

Great managers are critical and imperative to the success of any organization. ‘Great’ managers are different from ‘good’ managers in driving results by getting the very best of the out of the people/teams they manage. They are comfortable to entrust responsibilities to the employees and also involve them in decision making and improvement. Our research on “What Great Managers do” has evolved the R-OPTI model where Great Managers drive results through people performance, team effectiveness, organization vision and individual credibility. It is important that organizations identify their “Great Managers” and reward them as well as groom them as the organization’s future leaders. Our Correlation Analysis on various constructs of our model showed a high correlation between the constructs.

Results Organization Vision People Performance Team Effectiveness Individual Credibility
Results 1
Organization Vision 0.6** 1
People Performance 0.82** 0.67** 1
Team Effectiveness 0.74** 0.44* 0.71** 1
Individual Credibility 0.62** 0.61** 0.63** 0.66 ** 1

** - Significance at 0.01, * - significance at 0.05

Times of India is our exclusive partner for Great Manager Awards Program. This is our joint initiative to identify and reward organizations with "Great Managers" in India and also enable the participant organizations to compare and benchmark themselves across in the industry.

Once the organization confirms its participation by registering, our representatives will follow up with you based on background qualification research. Upon qualification, we will send you an invitation to participate requesting for templates and data required from you to conduct the survey. Post the administration of the survey across the organization, we will compile the results for further analysis and reporting. We will rank a portion of the participant organizations as “Companies with Great Managers”, based on measurement criteria.

The survey will strictly be conducted in online format. The survey is designed in line with the R-OPTI model and the managers will be scored on all the five dimensions. Ratings for the online survey will be done on a scale of 1 to 5

Results will be announced in the month of October, and successful organisations will be notified if they are qualified as “Companies with Great Managers”/ “Hunt for Great Managers” and they will be recognised by our media partner Times of India, at specific executive events and conferences.

People Business has tied up with Prof(Dr). Sumanta Basu of IIM Calcutta as an Advisor for the program The major role of the advisor is to review the survey process and results calculations based on the analytics used.

For overall enquiries:

Ms. Irfana Khan


Phone: 7022268706

For model related enquiries, reach out to:

Dr. Sandeep Krishnan,

Director, People Business


Mr. Rahul Mahajan

Country Lead, People Business