Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing
Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing 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.
“Sanitarium is an organisation truly driven by our mission and values, which helps us shape our vision of an ideal culture. Most importantly, it’s a vision shared by our people.
“We’ve worked hard to ensure that every staff member feels their contribution is valued and they can clearly see how they are contributing to our overall purpose. Our people tell us they feel they are given the authority, resources, experience and opportunity to perform in their roles, and compared to even the best businesses, we’re blessed with high engagement levels.
“Winning the ABA for Employer of Choice Awards for a third year in a row is testament to our ongoing efforts in empowering people to enjoy work and develop their full potential. Because people make up our business and without their passion, Sanitarium would not be in the leading position we find ourselves in today.”
Sanitarium define their culture as the shared values, norms and expectations that guide their people in terms of how they approach their work and interact with each other. Guided by an employee value proposition that encompasses culture, leadership, development and recognition; Sanitarium focus on driving a workplace culture that delivers the best results to their customers through the satisfaction of their staff.
Living, learning and leading by values is important to Sanitarium, who have worked towards building a culture of professional development by emphasising training from induction. Developmental opportunities are delivered through on the job training, off site training, workshops, retreats, eLearning, peer learning, coaching, 360 feedback and webinars. This suite of initiatives is predicated on connecting employees to the Sanitarium mission and connects to a performance review system called “iGro”.
This system aims to create a line of sight to the Sanitarium business strategy and facilitates two-way communication and conversations between individuals and their managers. Whilst the focus of the iGro system is employee development and business outcomes there is also a flow through element to compensation. Based on a formula against the achievement of both goals and behaviours an employee is able to gain additional monetary increases if they have performed above expectation.
Employee wellbeing is also central to Sanitarium’s employer brand, through their “Better U” program the company has worked towards ensuring the wellbeing of their employees. Staff are offered a range of services and activities across a broad spectrum of areas, including nutrition, weight management, physical activity and mental health. Through the program, Sanitarium staff have access to a BetterU Coach to develop a tailored program with specific health and wellbeing goals, and then work with their coach to track progress against those goals.
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.
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.