ING Australia, Pacific Hydro and Main Roads Western Australia have been named as Australia’s top employers of choice at this year’s Australian HR Leadership Awards.
Held at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 22 October, the awards also recognised leading companies such as IBM, Optus, Allens Arthur Robinson, and Sydney Water for their outstanding HR strategies and teams.
The awards, which recognise excellence across 16 categories of HR, were organised by HR Leader magazine and sponsored by Aon Consulting.
ING Australia took out the Mastertek Award for Employer of Choice (more than 1,000 employees), with the judges declaring that ING shined due to their strategies in setting people up for success as their key to ensuring engaged, committed and stimulated staff..
Meanwhile, Pacific Hydro won the Frontier Software Award for Employer of Choice (fewer than 1000 employees), and Main Roads Western Australia scooped the SageCo Award for Employer of Choice (public sector).
On an individual level, Michael Rose, chief executive partner at Allens Arthur Robinson, took out the Neller HR Champion (CEO) Award for demonstrating clear evidence for not just assisting in the formation of the people strategy and advocating it, but also as somebody who spent time walking the floor, engaging people at all levels and showing a genuine interest in their employees as a group and individually.
Michael Sommerton from Inchcape, won the HR Partners Award for Best HR Leader, due to his efforts in showing innovation and leadership, and for demonstrating long-term commitment to embedding change, as well as his use of data to drive business cases.