Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 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.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is Melbourne’s destination for big ideas and inspirational events. Hosting more than 1200 events each year, MCEC is internationally renowned for its incredible range of spaces, innovative design and renowned food. MCEC offers an end-to-end sales, planning and event delivery service for a diverse range of domestic and international conferences, exhibitions, concerts and gala dinners. MCEC’s vision is to redefine events globally through innovation, partnerships and experiences.

MCEC comprises the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, opened in February 1996 and the Melbourne Convention Centre, opened in June 2009. In July 2018, MCEC opened its $205 million State Government funded expansion which added 20,000 square metres of space, making the venue Australia’s largest convention and exhibition space.

MCEC’s cultural values were developed by its employees and are known as unity. These values are defined as Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, Respect and Working together. Unity is reflected throughout the employee journey, and is embedded within the performance management framework, called MAP – Meet, Align Perform.

Full-time employees are required to demonstrate unity behaviours as part of their performance evaluation and are supported by a personal development plan, while casual employees participate in informal performance conversations and skills-matrix assessments.

MCEC’s employee culture is identified as a special part of the organisation, where diverse skills are combined to turn vision into reality. MCEC’s working environment is defined by a commitment to shared learning and continuous improvement. Building a safe and inclusive culture for all employees translates into an engaged workforce committed to providing the best possible outcome for MCEC’s customers, and this is the primary measure of MCEC’s success.

With an average tenure of five years for full-time employees, and three and a half years for casual employees, MCEC has an unusually low staff turnover, reflecting the venue’s commitment to providing a great workplace and opportunities for employees to develop meaningful careers.

Increased revenue year-on-year demonstrates MCEC’s ability to not only secure new business, but also retain key events through outstanding service delivery. MCEC’s success is highlighted by a strong and stable financial position, which continues to deliver strong revenue growth and record economic returns to Victoria.

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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