OMG Programmatic

OMG Programmatic has been recognised as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2017.
The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations that develop leading workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices that demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

“With young people being the crux of an industry that is expanding and has a tight talent pool to select from, we see our talent as investors in OMG Programmatic – they either choose to share their expertise and skills with us, or not. Each employee has a ‘built in return on investment meter’ that is continuously assessing whether they are gaining or losing from an employment relationship with Omnicom Media Group. The only logical thing for us to do is ‘build the best’ – to heavily invest in training and development to ensure our employees are always gaining from their ‘investment’ with us.“
Des O’dell and Jeremy Bolt, Joint CEO's of OMG Programmatic
OMG Programmatic differentiates itself in its industry by taking an open and educative approach to what they do. A lot of ad tech companies silo themselves off and speak in a complex stream of jargon. OMG Programmatic puts an emphasis on being transparent. The company culture is one of a start-up tech company within an already innovative organisation, encouraging staff to be decisive, accountable and present.

They have teams in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. As with many service businesses, their success relies heavily on their workforce. As with most agency work – job roles are structured around the services they provide to each client. Besides product groups and knowledge share sessions, many staff do not work directly with other teams and the wider agency.  This means that a clear majority of an employee’s engagement is through their Manager. As a result, employing Managers who can recognise top talent and are genuinely invested in their team’s development and happiness are critical to OMG Programmatic’s success.

OMG Programmatic’s Management and Leadership training is paramount to their success. All new managers undergo five modules of ‘Pursuing #Remarkable Management’ training which includes a mix of internal and external training, coaching sessions, mentoring, workshops, 360 feedback analysis to support the mid-level and senior management learning experience. Training is tailored to build competency across all levels and on an individual basis.

The company has also implemented an internal Mentoring Program. The purpose of this program is for the Mentor to share their wealth of knowledge and experience, whilst providing them with a sense of personal and professional satisfaction.

Staff performance discussions happen on a quarterly basis – with the appraisals in March and September and interim appraisals in June and December each year.  The organisation has worked closely with external consultants who developed framework to support Managers in retaining and engaging their teams. This framework established five key factors that influence employee engagement within the organisation:

  • Feedback – Encourage 2-way conversations between managers and employees. The goal is to elicit open, honest, feedback from employees.
  • Objectives – Minimise any disconnect between Manager and Employee performance expectations. Each employee knows how they contribute to OMG Programmatic’s vision and objectives.
  • Career Development – Understand how employees want to grow (vertically or horizontally) and what opportunities are available for them.
  • Underlying Motivators –  Allow staff to have the ability to direct their own work lives and understand they are part of a bigger picture to keep them engaged and motivated both professionally and personally.
  • Strengths – Understand what individuals are truly good at (and love to do) and then enable them to apply these abilities as often as possible.

This strategy is to create a motivated and hard-working environment, where client satisfaction is their primary goal. To achieve this, they aim to build teams of specialists who are passionate and happy to serve their clients and support their colleagues.  The organisation’s latest staff engagement survey results indicated that 95% of employees feel proud to be part of OMG Programmatic Team.

Organisational participation into the Employer of Choice Awards 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.

Employers of Choice are required to demonstrate their achievements the across the key areas of Organisational Culture & Leadership; Employee Education, Training & Development; Employee Health, Safety & Satisfaction; Performance Management; Recognition & Remuneration.

Entries are assessed utilising a rigorous and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The Employer of Choice Framework (EOC Framework) is a structured model of assessment that consists of specialised assessment criteria and sub-criteria that provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

The key attributes of the EOC Framework outline the characteristics of well-managed, high-performing, industry leading organisations that provide a stimulating and supportive workplace.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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