The results of the 2014 Great Place To Work survey recently published by BRW make enlightening reading for those of us working in the third sector.
The national survey of more than 28,000 workers culminates in a list of the 25 best workplaces in Australia. This year also saw the addition of a category for organsations with less than 100 employees. The lists can be viewed here
Software company Atlassian took out the top honour this year due to its self-proclaimed “no bull-shit” culture. Atlassian employees are paid to take a holiday of their choice before they start work at the company, are allowed to spend part of their week working on their own projects, have the opportunity to attend regular Executive ‘open-mic’ sessions, and are encouraged to take time to help out a charity of their choice.
Also making the list this year were two charities, the Starlight Children’s Foundation (ranked #7 on the list of companies with over 100 employees) and Re-engage Youth Services (ranked #15 on the list of companies with under 100 employees). These organisations are bucking the industry trend of high staff turnover and are living proof that you don’t need a big budget to keep your employees happy.
The survey found that the best workplaces are the ones dedicated to empowering, training and valuing employees. They are also more likely to be run by women. Seven of this year’s top 22 places to work are run by management teams dominated by women executives. That include companies with female-dominated workforces, such as cosmetics brands Estée Lauder and MECCA, and stationery retail chain kikki.K, but also media companies OMD and Mindshare and the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Staff retention is a major concern for the sector with it ranking just behind donor retention on the list of challenges faced by respondents to the 2014 Giving Trends survey. While most organisations will have a donor retention strategy, very few have a staff retention one. High employee turnover is expensive and negatively impacts on morale and productivity. Developing a staff retention strategy will help you to create a positive working environment and a motivated team, ultimately contributing to the success of your organisation.
O’Keefe & Partners can assist you in developing and implementing a staff retention strategy.
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