Australia’s employers of choice named at the Australian HR Awards 2008

by 31 Oct 2008

ACCENTURE, Teachers Credit Union, Sparke Helmore and Glen Eira City Council were named as Australia’s top employers of choice at the Australian HR Awards 2008.

Held on Thursday 30 October in Sydney, other winners recognised at the awards were ANZ, Janssen-Cilag, St.George Bank, Vodafone and National Australia Bank.

The awards, which recognise excellence across 16 categories of HR, are organised by Australia’s largest publication for the HR profession, Human Resources magazine, and sponsored by Aon Consulting.

“HR has sometimes struggled to achieve a cohesive identity,” said Craig Donaldson, editor of Human Resources magazine.

“Today’s HR professionals, however, enjoy an increasingly important role in the organisations within which they work. So every year, we aim to raise the bar in terms of standards to ensure we are recognising the most outstanding achievements in the industry, and this year the calibre has been exceptional.”

Accenture took out The Full Circle Feedback Award for Employer of Choice (more than 1,000 employees) for implementing a broad suite of strategies to create an attractive work environment and demonstrating a forward-thinking approach to its people and future business plans.

“We take great pride in being an employer of choice for thousands of Australians and we are extremely proud of the recognition this Award brings,” said Jack Percy, country managing director, Accenture Australia.

“Our people are the best in the business who value the insights and experience they gain from working on large scale, complex engagements. Our success as a business is directly related to our people – their talent, their performance and their engagement.”

Teachers Credit Union and Sparke Helmore were joint winners of The Frontier Software Award for Employer of Choice (fewer than 1,000 employees). Teachers Credit Union was recognised for a unique people focused culture that emphasises personal growth, learning and caring for others, while Sparke Helmore was acknowledged for its strong focus on leadership, people management and a reward system that helps encourage behaviours based on the firm’s values system.

Glen Eira City Council won The Capital Monitor Award for Employer of Choice (public sector) award for having a well-rounded HR strategy that is linked closely to its business strategy in addition to a strong customer service oriented culture, reflected in above average customer satisfaction surveys.

On an individual level, Harry Stout, CEO of ING Australia, took out The Neller HR Champion (CEO) Award in recognition of his inclusive management style as well as championing issues such as diversity, talent management, staff engagement and health and wellbeing.

Kerrie Field, general manager of human resources for St Vincents & Mater Health, won The HR Partners Award for Best HR Leader, for helping her HR team to make a significant contribution to the business by focusing on the specific challenges and opportunities facing them in the healthcare industry.

Judges noted the exceptionally high standard of entrants in this year’s awards and paid tribute to the outstanding HR professionals and teams behind the best practice HR initiatives in all categories.

“On behalf of Human Resources magazine and LexisNexis, I congratulate all award winners and commend them for their outstanding achievements in HR in 2008. I would also like to salute all finalists, who can be confident that their people management practices are amongst the best in the country,” Donaldson said.

Australian HR Awards 2008 winners, highly commended and finalists

The Full Circle Feedback Award for Employer of Choice (more than 1000 employees)

Winner: Accenture

Highly commended: Allens Arthur Robinson

Finalists: Mallesons Stephen Jaques, Inchcape Australia

The Frontier Software Award for Employer of Choice (fewer than 1000 employees)

Joint winners: Teachers Credit Union, Sparke Helmore

Finalists: ING Direct, Wilson HTM

The Capital Monitor Award for Employer of Choice (public sector)

Winner:GlenEiraCity Council

Highly commended: Main Roads WA

Finalists: WorkCover NSW, Blue Mountains City Council

The Neller HR Champion (CEO) Award

Winner: Harry Stout, CEO, ING Australia

Highly commended: Kelvin Canavan, Executive Director of Schools, Catholic Education

Finalists: Russ Hewitt, CEO, Vodafone, and Naomi Simson, CEO, Red Balloon

The HR Partners Award for Best HR Leader

Winner: Kerrie Field, General Manager Human Resources, St Vincents & Mater Health

Highly commended: Michael Sommerton, Director of HR, Inchcape Australia

Finalists: Lynne Barry, HR Director South East Asia, Australia & Korea, Accenture, and Gayle Philpotts, HR Director, Wyeth

The Turnaround HRM Award for Best HR Team

Winner: Janssen-Cilag

Highly commended: McInnes Wilson

Finalists: TNT Australia, Microsoft

The SHL Award for Best Talent Management Strategy

Winner: Janssen-Cilag

Highly commended: TNT Australia

Finalists:Wilson HTM, City of Wanneroo, Blue Mountains City Council

The Adaps Award for Best HR Strategic Plan

Winner: Ecolab

Highly commended:GlenEiraCity Council

Finalists: Main Roads WA, St Vincents & Mater Health

The LINK Recruitment Award for Innovation in Recruitment and Retention

Winner: Deloitte

Highly commended: Main Roads WA

Finalists: St.George Bank, Planit

The Adcorp Award for Best Employer Branding Strategy

Winner: Vodafone

Highly commended: TNT Australia

Finalists: St.George Bank, Main Roads WA

The 2discover Award for Best Graduate Intake Program

Winner: Sydney Water

Highly commended: Allens Arthur Robinson

Finalists: Accenture, Main Roads WA

The Aon Consulting Award for Best Workplace Diversity Strategy

Winner: ANZ

Highly commended: Microsoft

Finalists: Vodafone

The Pollak Learning Alliance Award for Best Learning & Development Strategy

Winner: National Australia Bank

Highly commended: ING Direct

Finalists: St Vincents & Mater Health, Main Roads WA

The EmployeeConnect Award for Best Overall use of Technology

Winner: St.George Bank

Highly commended: Freedom

Finalists: Maxumise

The Sageco Award for Best Mature Age Workforce Implementation

Winner: Office for Ageing, Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (DADHC)

Highly commended: Salvation Army (EasternTerritory)

Finalists: NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, John Holland

The Peak Health Management Award for Best Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Winner: Kareena Private Health

Highly commended: ING Australia

Finalists: TNT Australia, Mallesons Stephen Jaques

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