ICD Property

ICD Property 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.

ICD Property (ICD) began its journey in 2009 and was founded by Michael Mai with a main office in Melbourne’s CBD. ICD is a property development company and currently has projects across Australia and New Zealand.

ICD Property adopts a holistic approach to achieve this believing that above average performance and success for the company is interconnected with the wellbeing of its people and environment. The organisation believes engaged employees will go beyond what is expected of them and this will consequently result in the company operating more efficiently and achieving better outcomes on its projects.

Recently Michael Mai stepped into the CEO role of ICD Property and formed the MAI Group which is the umbrella company overseeing ICD Property, Mai Capital (a venture capital company) and Mai Foundation (the charitable arm of the business). All three companies work in collaboration and a growth opportunity for some staff has been to step into the MAI Group from ICD.

The HR department of ICD Property is called ‘The People Project’ (TPP). TPP is passionate about making the workplace fun, exciting, engaging and a good place to be. Their focus is on making people happy, helping people grow and making sure that ICD staff feel supported and rewarded.

TPP distinguishes itself from the other companies by separate branding within ICD with its own identity and a clear direction. This enables the HR department to create a connection with staff and provide clarity around TPP being the place to offer support and care for the employees of ICD Property.

ICD’s organizational structure sets itself apart from others and in 2018 it created a new department called the “Innovation Hub”. The innovation hub helps nurture staff’s innovative nature by promoting idea generation which ICD believe can help differentiate them from their competitors and help shape the future of the company and their projects.

ICD attribute their success to setting an enduring vision and demanding high standards for oneself in order to achieve their vision. All of ICD’s projects have a primary focus on how they can improve the neighbouring community and the lives of those who interact with the developments. To ICD, this is one of the key measures of successful property development. ICD’s goal will always be to create beautiful buildings that demonstrate design excellence and integrate functionally in their landscape, benefiting those who live, work, and use the space.

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.

Although ICD Property is a small company in terms of size, we’ve always been large in our way of thinking. The executive management team’s emphasis on operating in a way that puts people first empowers us as The People Project to deliver the ultimate employee experience. Receiving this prestigious award that recognises all the hard work we do is extremely humbling.

Hayley Randall, People Development Manager, ICD Property Group