• Employer of Choice 2014

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing

Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2014.
The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice recognises organisations which have developed leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing was founded in 1898 and was the first company in Australia to introduce ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, peanut butter and vegetarian products. Today, Sanitarium employs over 1,200 staff and 100% of the company’s profits are returned to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to continue to aid local community and humanitarian support work.

Sanitarium is dedicated to building a culture that respects and celebrates the value of each of its employees. In 2011, Sanitarium introduced the bi-annual Culture Survey tool Human Synergistics’s Organisational Culture Inventory (OCI) and Organisational Effectiveness Inventory (OEI) across all full time and part time staff in Australia and New Zealand to create a clear synergy between what Sanitarium values and what they measure. Training was provided to staff across the business to become Culture Coaches that champion the survey and support organisational change. Leaders of Sanitarium are committed to connecting with employees and have devised a number of initiatives including an annual team talk, culture debriefs, leadership and learning groups. Sanitarium created an online performance and development system called iGro to facilitate two way communication and conversations between individuals and their managers. iGro focuses on performance goals, required behaviours and development planning. The process involves joint goal setting, regular catch-ups and formal six monthly and annual reviews to support the company’s equal emphasis on performance, behaviours and development.

The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.

The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. The Employer of Choice Award recipients will participate in the international chapter of the program at the World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.

The process culminates in the selection of organisations which maximise the full potential of their workforce through practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention. The recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.

Organisational eligibility includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The Employer of Choice Framework is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards.

The key attributes of the Employer of Choice Framework define the characteristics of high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Entrant organisations are required to demonstrate their achievements across the key areas of Organisational Culture; Leadership & Strategy; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class human resource management practices to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.

Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum human resource management practises and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.

The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing employer brand awareness. reputation, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.

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