Virgin Mobile Australia
Virgin Mobile Australia has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2015.
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.
The organisation picks its team members based on several values that lay the foundation for the organisation including, heartfelt service, insatiable curiosity and delightfully surprising to just name a few. Every quarter there is a ‘Q Review’, where a finance update is presented and everyone is informed of something new that is happening in the business, after the formalities, Virgin either takes its staff out for cocktails or the movies.
The organisation runs an annual ‘SMAFTA’ which stands for the Sales & Marketing And Friends Trip Away where the core business has an overnight trip away to reflect on the past year, have dinner, dress up and most importantly party!
The organisation also offers a ‘newbie lunch’ where every quarter the HR manager and head of Virgin take new employees out to lunch and find out how their first few months in the business is going for them. The organisation also offers education and training programs, both internal and external training programs, with annual performance reviews that offer scope for bonuses and pay increases.
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.
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.
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.