• Employer of Choice Awards 2016

HESTA

HESTA 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.

HESTA is an industry super fund for health and community services. Since 1987, HESTA has grown to become one of the largest super-funds dedicated to this sector. Today HESTA have more than 800,000 members and $33 billion in assets. Industry super funds are designed to benefit members and not profit from them, which is what HESTA’s workplace culture aims to reflect, thereby attracting people who share their core values.

From the day an employee commences working at HESTA, their professional growth and development is nurtured, encouraged and supported. All new employees attend a two day, structured Induction Program, featuring the HESTA CEO and whole executive team who meet with new employees and talk about their departmental structures, responsibilities, challenges for the year ahead and how they are connected to HESTA’s members. HESTA have placed a heavy emphasis on learning, particularly through volunteering programs, which are seen as a different and beneficial way of fostering skill development through unique experiences. Employees are encouraged to take up to six days of volunteer leave in a skilled volunteer placement, which is also complimented by external learning scholarships awarded to the value of $10,000.

With a focus on change, innovation has been important to HESTA in the past 12 months. Employees have been asked to challenge what they do every day to see if there is a way to improve efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of the organisation. Nominations are taken quarterly for the HESTA Innovation Award, which recognises employees who have identified and accounted changes that have had a significant impact on the organisation and HESTA members. Employees are also offered a range of benefits to further recognise their contributions, including a 35-hour work week, additional annual leave and generous superannuation contributions.

With an understanding that productive, healthy employees produce better outcomes for members, HESTA have designed offices with open-plan collaboration areas, quiet areas and an abundance of natural light. Additionally, HESTA has committed to the “RUOK?” program, which provides employees with a range of tools, training and support to help their fellow employees stay on top of their mental health.

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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