Avenue Dental

Avenue Dental has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2019.
The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] 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.

Avenue Dental is a group of three dental practices on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Avenue Dental realizes that a dental practice is unlikely to be the first place people think of when they think about great places to work. “I hate the dentist” is one of the most common greetings a dentist hears. Despite this stigma or rather because of this, Avenue Dental have made it their purpose “to positively transform dentistry.” Their Core Values are the guiding principles for how they strive to live their purpose and bring their core values to life on a daily basis.

Avenue Dental believes that having the best people is the key to success. Being in a service industry, the business is all about people. If the team is looked after and treated well, they will then look after the patients.

Attracting the best people has become easier over time as Avenue Dental has developed a reputation in the dental industry as a workplace of choice. Winning several accolades has been an extremely rewarding experience for the whole team. Internally it created a sense of validation for their focus on culture and values and externally it has lent credibility to aid in recruitment processes.  Another initiative that has helped significantly in establishing this reputation is the Australian Dental Graduate of the Year Award, which started in 2014.  The award is offered nationally at all Australian dental schools and aims to highlight the most talented new dental graduates by awarding a cash prize. 

Avenue Dental also offers these graduates mentoring through the Australian Dental Mini Residency so that they can strive to the same standard of excellence that is offered at their practice and spread this standard throughout Australia.

To retain talented people Avenue Dental have implemented: Individual Coaching Plans; the role of Bringing Out the Best in others; and Weekly Coaching Conversations. These initiatives aim to replace the traditional performance reviews and adopt a more proactive human resources approach.  To further develop their employees they have regular training and mentoring of the existing team through weekly team meetings, monthly clinical meetings, management coaching plans and a leadership training plan.

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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