Great Places to Work

The results of BRW’s Great Place To Work survey 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. There are is an additional category for an organization 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. According to BRW Editor Michael Bailey, it is important to the growing number of ‘millennials’ in Australia’s workplaces, that their employers contribute to the community.

Also making the lists were several not for profit organisations including Mine Wealth and Wellbeing(a not for profit super provider previously known as Auscoal Super) in the category of organisations with over 100 employees and AIME Mentoring, Re-engage Youth Services and Link Housing Services, in the category of 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. Several of the top 25 places to work in both categories are run by management teams dominated by women executives. That include companies with female-dominated workforces, such as cosmetics brand MECCA, and stationery retail chain kikki.K, but also media companies OMD and Mindshare.

Staff retention is a major concern for the sector with it ranking high on the list of challenges reported by respondents to the annual 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.

If you think you might need help in developing and implementing a staff retention strategy, call us on 1300 721 199 or email for more information.

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