Glen Eira City Council

Glen Eira City Council 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.

Glen Eira City Council is located in Melbourne’s inner south east, approximately 10 kilometres from Melbourne’s central business district. It was created in 1994 following the merger of City of Caulfield and nearby suburbs. Council services span from planning, building and maintaining the City’s footpaths, parks and leisure facilities, to caring for children, families, young people and the elderly. It also collects waste, provides animal, traffic management and compliance services and works with local businesses to provide economic advice. Council has modern libraries providing innovative information and education services, a state-of-the-art sports and aquatic centre, community and leisure centres, an art gallery and stages a range of cultural events for the community.

The City of Glen Eira is made up of three wards with three Councillors elected to represent each ward. The Councillors are elected as representatives of all residents and ratepayers within the municipality, providing a link between the community and Council. They are responsible for setting the strategic direction for the City of Glen Eira, establishing and guiding policies, setting service delivery standards and monitoring organisational performance.

Within the framework of strategic leadership, advocacy and representative government, a position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is established by the Local Government Act 1989 to be responsible for the day-to-day management of Council operations in accordance with Council’s Community Plan. The CEO, together with four Directors, form Council’s Executive team, supported by business unit managers and their teams.

The workforce, both large and diverse, has a shared passion for improving the lives of the people within the community. Staff are driven to actively engage with the community to foster strong connectivity and ongoing participation. The result is a strong and connected community that is rewarded with exemplary service from a friendly and committed workforce.

The staff at Glen Eira are as diverse as the services they provide, having many different occupations and levels of education. The types of employment and workplace locations are also varied. While standard “office” hours are between 8am and 6pm, many staff work well outside of these times. Glen Eira employs 1,502 staff, of whom 614 are casual, 466 part-time and 422 full-time. There are 529 males compared to 973 females, and the average age of staff is 43 years.

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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