Michael Baker
Smarter Writer

Michael Baker is a retail consultant and vice-chair of the ICSC's Asia-Pacific Research Council

Michael Baker
Smarter Writer

Michael Baker is a retail consultant and vice-chair of the ICSC's Asia-Pacific Research Council

Some very familiar names grace Glassdoor's 'Best Places to Work 2015' ranking. What makes them so popular with their employees?

Canon sustainable workplace plants
“We believe that competitive workplaces need to be tailored to personal working styles.”

- Ian Flemington, Canon Australia

The new workplace

Australian companies have caught on to the idea that while compensation is important, it doesn’t drive employee satisfaction or productivity by itself. Culture is critical, and an important part of culture is employee engagement.

For example, when Canon Australia moved its headquarters to Sydney’s Macquarie Park in 2014, the company was launching an experiment in workplace practices and design that emerged after a long collaboration with its own employees. This new ‘workplace of the future’ is based on four themes: sustainability, active lifestyle, easier commuting and superior information flow, the latter achieved partly through digitisation, but also through redesign of office space to accommodate the fact that different employees work differently and have different needs.

Ian Flemington, human resources and communications director for Canon Australia: “High performance working is about creating an environment that increases employee engagement and productivity. Employees had a large role to play in the design of our new headquarters in Macquarie Park. We believe that competitive workplaces need to be tailored to personal working styles, instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.”

Great workplaces

The Glassdoor ranking indicates that great workplaces are created around company culture, values and – let’s not forget – compensation. If those building blocks are in place, productivity takes care of itself.

Related News

GenWise co-founders, Dr Sebastian Rees and Dr Troye Wallett.
Success Stories
Success Stories
Innovative online GP platform named 25th Telstra Australian Business of the Year

GenWise Health, a micro business using technology to improve how general practitioners provide aged care, is the 2017 Telstra Australian Business of the Year. GenWise Health,...

Two people looking at a tablet device
Success Stories
Success Stories
How winning businesses are using tech

Every year, the Telstra Business Awards celebrates small businesses that choose to innovative, to be curious, to be agile. This year’s entrants are no different, with many blen...

iSimulate at the 2016 Telstra Business Awards
Success Stories
Success Stories
Rise and shine: Winning advice from 2016 Telstra Business Awards alumni

As the 2017 finalists prepare their acceptance speeches in the hope they might win at Australia’s biggest business Awards program, a few of 2016’s winners reflect on their achi...

Woman working at laptop sticking address labels to boxes.
Tech Solutions
Tech Solutions
Pass the parcel: How to integrate postage services into your website

Incorporating automatic postage calculators into your online store might be the critical step you need to turn casual browsers into dedicated shoppers.