• Employer of Choice Awards 2016

The Whiddon Group

The Whiddon 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.

“It is an honour and a fantastic achievement to be recognised as a 2016 Employer of Choice through the Australian Business Awards. Whiddon has long been acknowledged as being an innovative, people-centric and industry leading organisation. This award speaks to the effort we make to recognise the outstanding people throughout all of our services that make Whiddon the wonderful organisation it is today.

“As a provider of aged and disability care, people are at the very centre of everything we do. Aligned to this is Whiddon’s commitment to serving the communities we are a part of and this is underpinned by our long and proud history. It is paramount that we acknowledge the significant role our people play, not only in caring for others but also by enriching lives; our people are truly at the heart of our organisation.”

Mr Chris Mamarelis, CEO, The Whiddon Group
The Whiddon Group is a large not-for-profit organisation that has been providing care and support services to the elderly and people with a disability for over 60 years. Whiddon emphasise nurturing, care and support in the provision of their services, but also as the foundation of their workplace culture.

This manifests itself through the organisations employee-value-proposition called “The Whiddon Way”, which focuses on applying their culture throughout the organisation. Comprehensive induction processes and communication tools have also been developed by Whiddon to ensure that The Whiddon Way is understood by all employees. Given that the organisation employs hundreds of workers each year, they strive towards two-way employee engagement that creates good outcomes for staff and, by extension, residents.

A learning and capability framework underpins the communication of The Whiddon Way, including orientation programs for all new employees and mandatory training programs that are designed to be specific to individual roles, allowing for specialised education in important functions. External training is also supported through the provision of employee scholarships to TAFE and University courses. This emphasis on training extends up Whiddon’s corporate structure to senior leaders, who attend leadership conferences twice a year.

Remuneration processes at Whiddon work in close conjunction with performance reviews. Performance improvement measures are taken for employees that require extra support, whilst those who demonstrate high performance receive recognition through a dedicated program. These employees can also be nominated for an “Above and Beyond Award” that honours those who go beyond the scope of their regular duties in the spirit of The Whiddon Way.

Whiddon also strive to maintain a comprehensive health and safety program that provides a safe environment for all stakeholders. Regular environmental audits are completed to identify new or emerging risks and a building services team conduct regular service visits to manage identified infrastructure issues. Additionally, Whiddon use RapidInduct, a contract management software, to provide education that helps to ensure compliance with regulatory safety requirements.

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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