McMullen Nolan Group

McMullen Nolan 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.

The McMullen Nolan Group (MNG) was formed in 1989 with the intent of providing the Western Australia with personalised and innovative surveying solutions. Presently, the group’s team of 140 staff work in a range of roles to provide land surveying and geospatial information services to the land development, mining, civil engineering, construction and mapping sectors.

MNG’s relationship with their people focuses on recognising their value by helping to ensure work-life balance and participation in a continuous learning environment through an ‘employee value proposition’. This strategy focuses on building efficient and effective communications to achieve MNG’s strategic objectives, which are identified in a way that all employees can identify, articulate and commit to. To do this, MNG have placed a heavy emphasis on building organisational capability through professional development framework. Starting at the induction stage, MNG provide in-house corporate and on-the-job training that’s extended through leadership and mentoring programs designed to operate under a 360-degree feedback mechanism.

A key feature of MNG’s learning philosophy is to encourage employee’s students and graduates to be pro-active in discovering information and learning, thereby promoting a sense of ownership over their induction to their role and the company. Developmental programs are tied closely to career pathways and the strategic direction of MNG, helping to ensure that the company can develop its skill base whilst also encouraging employees to reach their full potential.

These programs operate under a comprehensive competency framework, which also provides the basis for development review and reward processes. Remuneration initiatives are designed to reward employees who contribute to MNG’s success in alignment with performance objectives, including a benefits structure and personal recognition. This works in close conjunction with employee engagement programs, which are designed to foster a culture of continuous improvement from both management and the wider team.

The company has also adopted an approach of zero harm to people, property and the natural environment. The aim is to eliminate all workplace injuries, illnesses and incidents through continuous improvement of practices and compliance with statutory obligations. An integral part of this is MNG’s focus on employee health, which is achieved through the operation of a safety committee, routine safety meetings, fatigue management plans and routine drug/alcohol testing. Safety-centric education activities are also conducted, including seminars, workshops and training courses tailored to individual roles.

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