• Employer of Choice Awards 2016

ACE Contractors Group

ACE Contractors Group has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2016.
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.

Established in 1971, ACE Contractors Group is a collection of companies providing a diverse portfolio of services, including civil, infrastructure, landscaping, electrical and water services. As the employers of 140 staff, ACE have a goal of providing quality services to clients whilst maintaining the satisfaction and well-being of their employees.

ACE aim to celebrate the diversity of their workforce, which is made up for 32 different nationalities. This is done through fortnightly morning teas for all office based employees. In this forum, one employee each fortnight is given the opportunity to discuss their background, cultural heritage and food. This tradition is aimed at building internal community, communication and is also used as a way to simply have some fun in the workplace. ACE focus on the positive side of business practice by utilising their ‘What Went Well’ program, which is part of a ‘no blame’ cultural approach designed to maintain a positive mindset and direct focus to successful aspects of particular plans. These practices are also employed by leaders, who focus on open communications with employees that maximise engagement by making an effort to get to know employees professionally and personally.

Alternative work patterns are available to ACE employees, including opportunities to work from home. This emphasis is designed to help employees maintain work-life balance and exists in conjunction to ACE’s commitment to professional development for their workers. Professional training is integrated into an employees work lifecycle at ACE, who are aware that providing employees with training opportunities provides a potentially powerful intrinsic motivator. Training is emphasised from employee induction and includes vocational training and annual compliance training, which encompasses bullying, harassment and social media.

ACE also recognise the performance of their employees through a monthly initiative that involves managers nominating stand out employees to an executive team, who then recognize workers with an award and movie tickets. In addition to recognizing the success of their employees, ACE also provide support to workers who may be undergoing financial stress via an employee emergency fund, which is funded by employees donating annual leave hours to the emergency fund committee.

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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