• Employer of Choice Awards 2016

Somerville Community Services Inc

Somerville Community Services Inc 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.

Somerville Community Services Incorporated is a non-government, not-for-profit, youth, family and community welfare organisation based in the Territory. The organisation believes in empowering people to make positive change. It has a team of 260 staff who are dedicated to delivering people-focused, responsive and professional services.

Somerville currently operates 11 supported accommodation homes in Darwin, Howard Springs and Katherine. The service supports 47 people, who have developmental disabilities and complex health care needs, on a permanent basis. The supported accommodation is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days per week to ensure that each person receives the quality support they require.

Somerville encourages an ‘open door’ policy which provides a solid foundation for collaboration where input is welcome and advice is freely given. It is vital that staff understand the mission, vision and values of the organisation and make a meaningful connection between their jobs and the purpose of the organisation.

The management team is responsible for ensuring employees are rewarded and recognised, have opportunities for career advancement and development and enjoy a good work-life balance. These goals are achieved through mentoring, internal and external training, coaching and on-the-job training. The celebration of cultural diversity is also key.

“We pride ourselves on the diversity and dedication of our workforce and our strong commitment to the principles of social inclusion for all people. Our commitment to excellence for over 50 years as a community service has been unwavering.” said Vicki O’Halloran, AM Chief Executive Officer.

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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