Aug 2022: 2022 Best Workplaces – a peak behind this year’s list

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Wellbeing, flexibility and inclusion were the watchwords for the 2022 list of Australia’s Best Workplaces™.
Being named as one of Australia’s Best Workplaces cements an organisation’s reputation as among the best employers because the awards are based on the voice of employees. Great Place to Work® has surveyed more than 100 million employees over the past three decades, building a detailed picture of what it means to be an employer of choice.

Taking care of employees’ well-being, partly driven by the lessons from COVID, was a theme running through this year’s awards.

Many organisations are making a concerted effort to take care of the health of their people.

And it’s not only physical health – we saw a rise in activities aimed at caring for the mental health of employees, including the continued rise of mental-health first aid training and a normalisation of mental health conversations.

We also saw flexibility continue to gain as an important employment issue.

The key here is listening to and learning from employees and adjusting flexibility policies in response.

We also heard of companies redesigning their physical workspaces to optimise flexible working, creating room for collaboration and making the workplace an attractive place to be.

And diversity, equity and inclusion continued to be critical features of the best workplaces. Most companies have DEI policies and programs in place and the best ensure those programs extend beyond gender equity.

You can read more here in the Great Place To Work 2022 Australia’s Best Workplaces™ Report.

Congratulations again to the 2022’s winners:

  • Micro: The Recruitment Company – The 22-person-strong recruiter where every staff member said it was a great place to work compared to 56 per cent of employees at a typical Australian company.
  • Small: Howden Insurance Brokers (Australia) — Just 18-months old, the business has grown from two people to more than 50. Some 95 per cent of employees agreed with the statement ‘I can be myself here’.
  • Medium: Mantel Group — the technology consulting business runs eight divisions using a principles-based approach, with 99 per cent of the team reporting that management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
  • Large: Cisco — the global technology giant’s fifth consecutive year on a Best Workplaces list! Built on purpose, 97 per cent of Cisco’s employees say they feel good about the ways the company contributes to the community.

 

So, where next for your organisation in 2022?

Remember that the road to becoming a Best Workplace starts with certification.

Certification is the mark of a great employee experience and getting certified is a simple process: it takes just two weeks to run the employee experience Trust Index® survey.

An average score of 65% or better on the Trust Index survey makes your organisation eligible for certification.

 

Great Place To Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. We have spent decades studying what makes a workplace great. The companies mentioned in this newsletter are all Great Place to Work – Certified™. To start your journey to Certification, get in touch.

 

“Our team acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we meet and work. We wish to pay our respects to their Elders – Past, Present and Emerging – and acknowledge the important role all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within Australia and within the Great Place to Work For All Community”

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Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2024 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

  • Micro 10-29 Employees
  • Small 30-99 Employees
  • Medium 100-999 Employees
  • Large 1000+ Employees

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work determines the list using our proprietary For All methodology. To determine the Best Workplaces in Technology list, Great Place To Work analyses the survey responses of tens of thousands of employees from Great Place To Work Certified™ companies in the technology industry.

Our survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organization’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organizational data like size, location, industry, demographics, roles, and levels. Great Place To Work measures the differences in survey responses across demographic groups and roles within each organization to assess both the quality and consistency of the employee experience.

Statements are weighted according to their relevance in describing the most important aspects of an equitable workplace. Survey data analysis and company-provided datapoints are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience for all employees in this industry.

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™ and nominate as a company in the technology industry.

We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, news, and financial performance, and investigate any employee reports of company incompliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces for Women™ List Methodology

The Best Workplaces for Women™list is determined using Great Place To Work’sFor All™methodology to evaluate hundreds of Certified™Great Place To Work®organisations across Australia.   

Data is based on over 40,000 employee survey responses from women in Great Place To Work® Certified™ organisations across Australia. 

The survey 

The survey enables employees to share confidential quantitative and qualitative feedback about their organisation’s culture by responding to 60 statements on a 5-point scale and answering two open-ended questions. 

Collectively, these statements describe a great employee experience, defined by high levels of trust, respect, credibility, fairness, pride, and camaraderie. In addition, companies provide organisational data like size, location, industry, and the number of women in the workforce and management positions. 

Considerations 

Great Place To Work analysed the gender balance of each workplace, how it compares to each company’s industry, and patterns in representation as women rise from front-line positions to executive/C-suite roles. 
Survey data analysis and women’s representation figures are then factored into a combined score to compare and rank the companies that create the most consistently positive experience and opportunities for all women, regardless of their role or demographic background.   

Eligibility   

To be considered for the list, companies must be Great Place To Work Certified™. Companies must also employ at least 50 women. We require statistically significant survey results, review anomalies in responses, and investigate any employee reports of company in compliance with strict surveying rules to validate the integrity of the results and findings. 

Please note this list is NOT ranked. 

Great Place To Work® Best Workplaces™ in Australia 2023 Evaluation Methodology

Great Place To Work, the global authority on workplace culture, determined the Best Workplaces™ Australia 2023 List by conducting annual workforce studies through our Trust Index Survey™ and Culture Management platform Emprising®, representing the voices of almost 50,000 employees across Australia.

Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organisation creates a great place to work For All™, meaning that the company empowers all individuals to reach their full human potential. Eighty-five percent of the evaluation is based on what employees report about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organisation, no matter who they are or what they do. We analyse these experiences relative to each organisation’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry and region. The remainder of the evaluation is an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of the company’s values, people’s ability to contribute new ideas, and the effectiveness of their leaders to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To ensure surveys truly represent all employees, we require enough people in each organisation to respond that results are accurate to a 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results.

 

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These organisations’ assessment is based 100% on employee responses to the Trust Index survey.

For larger organisations with more than 100 employees, we also use our Culture Audit™ tool, asking organisations to share with us their practices, policies and programs to creating a great workplace For All™ and evaluating the approach they take.

Why do you say in one place your national list scoring is based on 85%/15% and in another place that it is 75%/25%?

We are explaining two different things:

1.  The criteria we evaluate

2.  Where the data comes from