October 2021 – Atlassian among Aussie workplaces named as World’s Best

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Australia’s home-grown success story Atlassian has been recognised as one of the World’s Best Workplaces, entering the definitive list of the best places to work for the first time. 

Great Place to Work® and Fortune have announced the Fortune World’s Best Workplaces™ 2021, naming 25 global leaders. 

DHL Express, the global transport and logistics giant, was named the World’s Best Workplace for 2021, after placing on 47 different national lists spanning five continents, including Australia. 

Cisco, which ranked number one on the Australian list, was named second on the 2021 global list, while hotelier Hilton placed third. 

In all, seven companies from Australia’s Best Workplaces 2021 List made the global list — DHL Express, Cisco, AbbVie, Salesforce, Novo Nordisk, Adobe and the Australian-founded and Sydney-based Atlassian. 

Preparing the World’s Best Workplaces list is an enormous undertaking. The 25 winners were selected from 10,000 companies in an analysis of company culture that represented the voices of 19.8 million employees in 106 countries. 

It is the largest annual global survey of employee opinion ever undertaken. This is the 11th year the world’s best have been celebrated. 

To be considered for a place on the World’s Best Workplaces list, companies must have already been identified as outstanding employers by appearing on at least five national Best Workplaces™ lists in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa, North America or Australia. 

“The World’s Best Workplaces are the most sweeping and consistent examples of inclusive company cultures we’ve ever known,” said Michael C. Bush, CEO of Great Place to Work. 

Bush told the World’s Best Workplaces 2021 event that the best companies took wellbeing to a new level, thinking about their people as the whole person. 

“Not just how they were performing productivity wise at work [but] how are they doing financially, how are they doing emotionally, how are they doing in terms of their psychological health.” 

Compared to other workplaces, employees at the World’s Best are 17% more likely to say they have unique benefits, 16% percent are more likely to believe pay is fair and 14% more likely to say they have training and professional development opportunities. 

Notably, amid the global pandemic, scores were higher than last year on all 60 survey statements. 

Samantha Huddle, general manager of Great Place to Work in Australia and NZ, said organisations who had invested in wellbeing initiatives before the pandemic have done well in terms of trust and psychological safety. 

“This is an area where there’s now greater expectation from employers around what their companies can do to support them to manage and balance their work, their laws and their personal lives so they can bring their whole selves to work,” she said. 

Atlassian, the global software tools company, earned a spot on five national Best Workplace lists, including in Australia. Some 93% of Atlassian’s employees say management keeps them informed about important issues and changes, outperforming the global benchmark by 8%. 

Atlassian says transparency, honesty and two-way dialogue are the keys to the company’s success, as is acknowledging that management isn’t infallible. 

“We don’t get all the decisions right, but we are always open,” says Erika Fisher, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Atlassian. “We believe that owning up to not knowing something as a leader or admitting a mistake helps foster trust across the company.” 

The company has taken public stands on issues such as climate change, racial justice and voters’ rights. Most recently, Atlassian signed a public statement against the anti-abortion heartbeat bill in Texas. 

“Our employees trust us to do the right thing and ultimately contribute to healthy communities for them to live in,” says Fisher.  

“We know that access to healthcare is a huge concern… It’s our responsibility to use the platform that we have as a global company to stand up and fight for their rights.” 

Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture and has published the definitive annual list of the best places to work in Australia since 2008, along with lists in 60 other countries plus the annual World’s Best list published annually in Fortune. 

Here is the global top 25:
  1. DHL Express 
  2. Cisco 
  3. Hilton 
  4. AbbVie 
  5. Salesforce 
  6. 3M 
  7. SC Johnson 
  8. Amgen 
  9. SAP 
  10. Roche 
  11. Hilti AG 
  12. EY 
  13. SAS 
  14. AT&T Direct TV 
  15. Stryker 
  16. Novartis 
  17. Cadence 
  18. Novo Nordisk 
  19. The Adecco Group 
  20. Mercado Libre 
  21. Adobe 
  22. American Express 
  23. Atlassian 
  24. Santander 
  25. Teleperformance 

Great Place to Work® is the global authority on building, sustaining and recognising a great workplace culture based on extensive research examining thousands of the Best Workplaces™ around the world. Our recognition program is based on a rigorous methodology built upon 30 years of research and data & validated employee feedback. Please feel free to contact me to learn more about how you can get started withGreat Place to Work Certificationfor your organisation. 

Mira Haldun

Mira Haldun is the Client Enablement Specialist at Great Place to Work® in Australia and NZ. Mira’s role involves taking a holistic approach to managing the customer experience, ensuring the customer has the resources, tools and support to make the most of their employee survey experience and Great Place to Work-Certification™.

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To be eligible for the World’s Best Workplaces list, a company must apply and be named to a minimum of 5 national Best Workplaces lists within our current 58 countries, have 5,000 employees or more worldwide, and at least 40% of the company’s workforce (or 5,000 employees) must be based outside of the home country. Extra points are given based on the number of countries where a company surveys employees with the Great Place to Work Trust Index©, and the percentage of a company’s workforce represented by all Great Place to Work surveys globally. Candidates for the 2017 Worlds Best Workplaces list will have appeared on national workplaces lists published in September 2016 through August 2017.

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