Best Workplaces Revealed: Cisco, Mantel Group, G8 Education

Australia’s ‘best places to work’ have been revealed as employers battle for talent in a tight jobs market, where staff are increasingly demanding benefits including flexible working.

Australia’s Best Workplaces 2022 list, compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute, named the country’s best employers in the micro, small, medium and large categories.

In the micro category, Sydney-based HR firm The Recruitment Company came out on top. The company, which has only 22 employees, focuses on specialized recruitment in IT and the public sector.

Howden Insurance Brokers was named the best small workplace with 51 employees, Melbourne IT company Mantel Group was the top medium workplace with 484 employees, and global tech giant Cisco, which has 1,385 Australian employees, took been named the best great workplace.

A promotional video released by the company showed employees having fun doing push-ups, making smoothies, getting massages and having drinks after work.

“Cisco Australia is a great place to work for so many reasons: our people have the confidence and flexibility to integrate their work and personal lives in ways that empower them to perform at their best,” said James Comer, director of human resources.

“Our employees know their culture is inclusive, which makes for a unique Cisco experience in Australia. »

At each of the top-ranked companies, over 90% of employees said it was a great place to work, compared to 56% of employees at a typical Australian company.

The ranking is based on workforce surveys comprising more than 60 questions “describing the extent to which their organization creates a pleasant workplace for all, which means that the company enables all individuals to reach their full human potential. “.

“Eighty-five percent of the rating is based on what employees report about their experiences of being confident and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they are. they do,” the Great Place to Work website says. .

“We analyze these experiences against each organization’s size, workforce mix, and what’s typical of their industry and region. The rest of the assessment is an assessment of all employees’ day-to-day experiences of company values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they are constantly experienced.

“Workers have reset their priorities”

Earlier this week, global human resources firm Randstad released its own report naming G8 Education as Australia’s most attractive employer, followed by BHP and the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.

The annual Randstad Employer Brand Research, which surveyed more than 6,000 Australians, found that most workers looking for a new role prioritize work-life balance (62%) , followed by attractive salaries and benefits (58%) and job security (56%). hundred).

The company noted that with unemployment falling to 3.5% in June, its lowest level in 50 years, “working Australians have never had more opportunity to make the decisions.”

“The research paints a picture of a confident workforce, with employees not hesitating to seek new horizons if they feel their employer is not meeting their priorities,” Randstad said.

“In fact, at the start of this year, one in four (28%) said they intended to change employers within six months, more than a year ago (24%).”

The study found that more than one in three workers didn’t think their employer currently offered a good work-life balance.

“While pay is key in a competitive labor market and inflationary economy, Australian workers have re-prioritized in the wake of the pandemic and finding a work-life balance is no longer a good thing, it’s is a must,” said Angela Anasis, Executive Managing Director of Randstad Australia and New Zealand.

It comes as new data suggests employers have been defeated in the battle to force staff back into the office, with more than one in four Australian businesses no longer expecting their staff to show up in person.

A survey of nearly 1,200 companies, conducted by the Australian HR Institute in July, found that only 4% of employees had to work in the office full-time.

Of those surveyed, 7% of organizations allow employees to work from home continuously, while 34% do not require a set number of days in the office, but encourage it.

More than half of organizations revealed that they offered incentives to attract staff to the office, such as social events and free coffee or meals.

“Working from home” is now the most searched keyword on the Seek job market.

The best place to work doesn’t have a desk

Highlighting the growing trend of working from home, a New Zealand company has been stunned after being named one of the best places to work in America – despite having no offices.

Joyous, a New Zealand-based HR tech start-up backed by Australian venture capital, was named to Will Reed’s list of the top 100 companies to work for this year.

Will Reed, an American executive search firm specializing in recruiting talent for start-ups, says its list celebrates companies that are “radically on a mission and create human-centric cultures that contribute to meaning, the value and well-being of their employees. and belonging”.

“Each company’s entry was reviewed anonymously by a panel of 13 judges comprised of industry thought leaders and members of the Will Reed team,” its website says.

Talk to The AustralianJoyous founder Mike Carden said being named to the list came as a surprise because the majority of his under 50 employees live in Australia and New Zealand.

Joyous employs only six people in the United States, all on remote work contracts, and has no office there.

“I don’t know who named us,” he told the newspaper.

Mr. Carden said The Australian benefits that won over the judges included a free home office with an electric standing desk, stock options, six long weekends a year, health insurance, counseling services and additional parental leave.

After the company’s victory, Will Reed asked for an address to send the plaque.

“I guess we can put it in the office reception which we don’t have,” Mr Carden said. “Turns out he’s being shipped to New Zealand. I really have no idea how that happened, but unfortunately at this stage it hasn’t happened yet.

Joyous, founded in 2017, is backed by Australian venture capital firms Square Peg Capital and AirTree Ventures.

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— with Chantelle Francois

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