• Employer of Choice Awards 2016

IRT Group

IRT 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.

IRT Group is one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit providers of seniors’ lifestyle and care services. Established in Wollongong in 1969, the group has Lifestyle Communities, Care Centres, In-Home Care and Wellness Programs in NSW, the ACT and South East Queensland. Employing 2200 people, IRT Group have committed to fostering a caring and respectful culture that provides quality service to their residents and customers.

The vast majority of IRT’s employees work in Lifestyle and Care services in operational capacities. As such, IRT continuously review their HR policies and practices to not only align with legislation, but also to create best practice approaches. This helps to ensure that they retain valuable employees that feel recognised and supported, in turn providing the best outcome for their residents. New policies are designed to achieve IRT’s mission and align with their values, specifically addressing early engagement with employees through induction, wellness and employee assistance programs.

IRT fosters a learning environment for its employees, within which they have the opportunity to develop their careers and be part of an adaptable workforce that’s equipped to handle the ever changing aged care landscape. To this end, IRT have developed a learning and development portfolio, which includes: IRT College, a Registered Training Organisation (RTO); an Organisational Development Unit; and a Clinical Development Unit.

These training opportunities flow into career development pathways, which are monitored by IRT through a performance review system that allows employees and their supervisors to have open and honest discussions regarding performance. This process is designed to be a two-way street and to recognise high performance employees through a formal rewards system.

IRT monitors and reviews its Health, Wellness and Safety through monthly, site based Work Health and Safety (WHS) committees. At this level information is tabled regarding new risks identified and preventative actions taken to mitigate those risks. This is compounded by budget provisions to support employees to attend various fun runs and other health initiatives. These events take place as part of a dedicated wellness calendar, which is distributed and promoted throughout IRT.

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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