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FEATURE: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
sports enthusiasts, and 400 bike racks. Incorporating health
and wellbeing into workplaces is an important step, says Jane
Counsel, Westpac’s former head of diversity who now works as a
Starlight’s Hen ry also takes a holistic view of wellness. “ We
need to take care of our own wellbeing, make sure we are
flourishing before we can help others,” she says. “It’s helped our
personal relationships enormously and we’ve brought that back
into the workplace and achieved more productivity.”
Beyond supporting physical and mental health, Professor Robyn
Johns, a senior lecturer in the management discipline group at the
University of Technology Sydney, argues that because work is now
only a part of how employees identify themselves, companies must
do more to support employee interests.
“Because of the integration of work and life, millennials
especially want their values to align with their employers’, so the
philanthropic causes their company supports are important to
them,” Johns says. “They want to be part of a company that is not
internally focussed, but externally focused and is part of society
For example, Atlassian offers staff five paid charity days a year
to work in the charity of their choice and employees can also do
pro bono tech work for not-for-profits, organised through a fun
At Starlight, employees working in management,
ad ministration, sales or fundraising, who are not working in the
hospitals with children and teens, get to spend four half days a
year on the frontline. “It gets them connected, to understand the
impact of their work and hear stories that they can then share
back with donors,” Henry says.
Of course everyone, no matter their age, appreciates a pat on
the back, and showing gratitude is definitely on-trend, says Jane
At Atlassian, employees or managers across continents give
each other ‘kudos’ – a thank you card and a small $30 gift – to
highlight a team or individual’s accomplishments.
For someone who is “a living example of company values”,
Atlassian also has ‘big kudos’, gifts worth up to $500. This could
include a shopping voucher at their favourite store, a fine-dining
experience or even skydiving, says Kirby. Loyalty is also
applauded; when they have worked for the company for five years,
Atlassian sends employees and their families on a paid holiday.
The payoff for companies that make these investments in their
employees through rewards, f lexibility, training and benefits is
that, in most cases, it results in increased company loyalty and low
staff turnover. “By giving our staff freedom, to take off and act in
a play, travel or study, they stay enthused and engaged – they come
back to us,” says Henry.
Counsel agrees that making this investment strengthens a
company’s brand and encourages loyalty among employees.
“Many large companies provide opportu nities for people to have
a fluid career,” she says. “There is no longer the idea of a ‘job for
life’ but many employees will leave and come back if it’s a brand
they love and respect.”
FIVE- STAR BENEFITS
organisation, offers nose-to-
tail medical coverage for
BREASTFEEDING AT WORK
has accredited 95 companies,
universities, schools and
hospitals, which provide
facilities for mothers to express
and store breast milk.
Blackmores gave its 900
employees an extra six
weeks’ pay as part of a
profit-sharing scheme, after a
record profit this year.
CENT FOR CENT
Current and retired senior
employees get their not-for-
profit donations matched from
the Goldman Sachs Gives fund,
which has contributed US$1.25
billion since 2010.
Boost Media, an ad
optimisation company in
San Francisco, organised an
Earth Week-themed staff
camping holiday and beach
Vermont online car
Dealer.com offers employees
vegetable deliveries to their
In Wisconsin, at SC
Johnson & Son,
manufacturers of Windex, a
concierge takes employees’
clothes for dry cleaning, cars
for service, grocery shops and
even queues for concert tickets.
OFF THE LEASH
Nestlé Purina employees
can sign up on a roster to
bring pets to work – four
animals at a time with specific
cat and dog days.
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER VISIT AHRI.COM.AU/STATECONFERENCES
GLOBAL HR, LOCAL FOCUS
Motivation strategy and design expert, author
AHRI State conferences will be held in two series across Australia in 2016. Drawing on emerging HR trends, the AHRI state conferences will provide practical
insights and inspiration for your organisation’s people strategy.
This year AHRI is delighted to welcome Dr Jason Fox as a national keynote for all the 2016 state conferences. In addition, the series will feature an array of
local experts and practitioners discussing topical HR issues in your region.
Dr Jason Fox is a motivation design specialist who shows forward-thinking leaders around the world how to innovate and build for the
future of work. Jason partners with senior leadership teams to navigate through unprecedented and complex enterprise challenges
and involves a refreshed approach to leadership development and culture change. Jason works with a wide variety of clients, including
Fortune 500 companies, multinationals, universities and research institutions.
Jason Fox will be speaking at all the 2016 AHRI state conferences.
PERTH: 17 May ADELAIDE: 19 May DARWIN: 24 May SYDNEY: 18 October CANBERRA: 19 October MELBOURNE: 21 October
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER VISIT AHRI.COM.AU/IWD
DAY BREAKFAST’S 2016
MELBOURNE: 9 MARCH, BRISBANE: 10 MARCH
MICHELLE PAYNE AND THE RACE THAT INSPIRED A NATION
GENDER EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE - PANEL DISCUSSION
Join Michelle Payne, a sportswoman whose remarkable story has raised Australia’s spirits.
The first ever female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup in 2015, she made ‘the race that
stops a nation’ a race that inspired one. Her graciousness in the face of untold triumph
and tragedy is now an inspiration to many people.
Hear from a panel of private and public sector leaders from organisations such as the Federal
Department of Employment, National Australia Bank and Aurizon on how leading organisations
are embedding gender equity. Facilitated by one of Australia’s leading commentators on
women and the workforce, Narelle Hooper will lead a discussion on the innovative practices
employed by HR and diversity practitioners.
CANBERRA: 9 MARCH
In celebration of International Women’s Day, AHRI is proud to present three breakfast events, bringing
together HR professionals, business leaders and those who honour this international celebration of women.
“WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR
OWN WELLBEING, MAKE SURE WE
ARE FLOURISHING BEFORE WE CAN
SUE HENRY, HEAD OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE,
STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
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