Best employers recognised

by 20 Mar 2007

SALESFORCE AND FedEx Express (New Zealand) recently won the 2006/07 Hewitt Best Employers in Australia and New Zealand Study, while American Express Australia won the large organisation award and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority took out the public sector award.

The Cancer Council NSW won the not-for-profit award, while highly commended companies included Bain & Company, Cisco Systems, Medtronic Australasia, SEEK Limited, Vedior Asia Pacific (formerly Select Australasia) and Westaff.

“FedEx (Express) New Zealand and SalesForce – two very different organisations – work passionately to create an environment that brings out the best in their people, and in return they achieve better business results and are better able to earn the commitment and loyalty of their people,” said David Brown, head of Hewitt Australia.

The survey found that best employers achieve better business results, are better able to earn the commitment and loyalty of their people, and are doing a better job of positioning themselves for long-term success.

“These organisations spend time and resources building the capabilities of their employees. They take a considered and thoughtful approach to developing strong leaders who instil faith in their people and are able to rally them around business strategies and goals. They are clear about what they stand for, deliver on their promises, and differentiate themselves as employers,” Brown said.

A total of 221 organisations registered to participate and nearly 55,000 employees were surveyed in the 2006/07 survey.

Flight Centre was the runner up in the large organisation award category, while other best employers included: Carson Group; Dimension Data Australia; Express Data; Golder Associates; Inside Mobile; Microsoft Australia; Nokia Australia; Novartis Consumer Health Australasia; SAP Australia and New Zealand; and Stockland.

Meahan Callaghan, HR director for SEEK Limited, said the award was evidence that the recruitment and staff engagement strategies the company adopted in its early years were translating well as SEEK expanded geographically.

“SEEK has experienced another year of significant growth which has meant increasing our staff numbers by about 30 per cent. The temptation in a tight employment market is to rush the recruitment process and secure staff quickly, but we have stayed true to our strategy of taking the time to recruit for the long term,”she said.

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