Virtunet 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.
“Since 2008, we’ve been growing by 30 per cent year on year. We owe our success, not only to our diversifying solutions, particularly with the move into cloud business and mobility but largely due to our people. A lot of business owners say people are their number one asset, but I’ve always said HR is our number one priority. We’ve got no plans to slow down our growth, so we want to prepare future company leaders for those roles. It is a great honour for us to win the Employer of Choice Award because we strongly believe in the awesome culture we have, one of passion, work life balance, the pursuit of happiness, health & wealth (in that order) and celebrating successes.”
Virtunet’s workplace culture is a balance between ‘work hard and play hard’, sales staff are rewarded with competitive commission and remuneration structures and non-sales staff are provided with bonuses structures. Virtunet also run monthly competitions that reward staff with Westfield Vouchers, team lunches and opportunities to attend industry leading events.
Virtunet place a heavy emphasis on staff development and working flexibility, providing work from home plans, study leave and assistance and mentoring programs to employees. Being a small business, Virtunet try to value every employee’s individual goals and create tailored programs to ensure they get there.
The dynamic nature of the ICT sector has resulted in Virtunet investing heavily in professional development for its staff through internal and external initiatives. Staff training is paid for by Virtunet, who maintain a monthly training/certifications budget. This is complemented by monthly and bi-annual performance reviews that include discussions about bonuses and two-way employment discussions with leaders. Virtunet also hold a staff awards night at the conclusion of each financial year, where five staff members are nominated and receive awards based on their performance.
Virtunet’s HR manager is also responsible for promoting the health and wellbeing of employees by ensuring amenities and extras are always available to employees, this includes a kitchen stocked with food and the celebration of staff birthdays, which are tailored to each staff member’s personality.
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.