• Employer of Choice Awards 2016

Karrikins Group

Karrikins 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.

Founded in 2001, Karrikins Group is a growth-oriented consulting firm specialising in business transformation and community investment. Employing 120 staff that deliver programs in more than 15 countries, Karrikins group have defined their workplace culture as “How We Rolls” – because it’s just how they roll.

This includes values that were decided on by and with employees, such as: pursuit of better, answer the call, systematic execution, commercial savviness and kindred (having each-other’s back). Driving this workplace culture is an emphasis on positive feedback, the development of close team connections and ongoing training. In an effort to ensure that their company develops and maintains its culture, employees experience How We Rolls from the induction stage, which is done face-to-face and covers everything from standards to Work, Heath and Safety (WHS) training. How We Rolls is considered the highest authority in the business and encompasses a range of employee activities, including team night-outs, lunchtime sports and an internal social-network, Yammer, which is a place for staff to share everything from their music interests to interesting articles or photos.

Training and development is a major investment for Karrikins, who combine in-house and external training that’s tailored to individuals. This includes an internal training program that reviews facilitators in a school environment to ensure their performance and impact are continually improving. Facilitators received personalised feedback and support through the Facilitator Impact Tool (FIT) and undertake coaching sessions. Employees who demonstrate success through the system are designated as FIT GrandMaster’s and are rewarded with a certificate, pin and reward amount.

This compliments a formal performance appraisal system that’s operated through an online platform that integrates with FIT. Employees are evaluated based on performance and alignment with the How We Rolls ethos. This is tied to an extensive benefit package that includes novated leasing and salary packaging for new vehicles; a rewards and discount site; and flexible working conditions. Additionally, the company maintains a strong focus on promoting a healthy, safe and supportive environment for all staff. In the last two years Karrikins have embarked on strategically driving and embedding vital WHS and Mental Health initiatives into their workplace culture. Recognising that employees thrive when they feel professionally and personally supported, the company aims to drive initiatives that don’t just tick boxes. To this end they’ve developed an Employee Assistance Programme that provides counselling hours as a confidential service to promote mental wellbeing and general 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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