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PRESS RELEASE: Western Australia’s 2009 Best Employer Awards

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Attraction and retention drivers revealed based on responses of 2169 WA employees

Insync Surveys, a customer, board and employee survey provider, and WA Business News yesterday announced the inaugural winners of the 2009 Best Employer Awards in Western Australia (WA).

Harry Kleyn, WA Business News’ CEO said: “We’ve faced a challenging market recently. In its first year, the Best Employer Awards have managed to successfully help employers discover what is and isn’t working within their organisation.”

Tracie Dawson, Insync Surveys’ WA Practice Leader said: “Looking at the study’s results overall, the attraction and retention issues that emerged are very interesting. Job security is the top attraction driver for WA employees who have less than six months of service under their belt.

“As a standout organisation, Georgiou Group is not only managing to assure staff of their job security
in tough economic times, they’re excelling.”

Georgiou Group, a company that delivers projects in civil engineering, building, infrastructure, project management, mining services and precast manufacturing, won the Best Employer Award in the large category (for organisations with more than 200 employees).

Workpower Incorporated won the 2009 Insync Surveys Innovation Award and the medium category Best Employer Award (for organisations with 51-200 employees).

Tracie said: “Innovation is about creativity and acting on tools and strategies to increase capacity for advancement. Workpower Incorporated creates opportunities for people with disability or mental illness; they won the award for encouraging employees to think outside the square and pursue opportunities for significant growth.

“For example, Workpower Incorporated opened a new business in Mandurah because there was a need for people with a disability to find work close to home.”

The study also showed that support from management is the top retention driver for WA employees who’ve worked at an organisation for over six months.

“This is happening at Modal, where employees say it’s a great place to work because it feels more like a family than a workplace,” said Tracie.

Modal, a specialist consultancy that improves the performance of people, teams and organisations, won the Best Employer Award in the small category (for organisations with 10-50 employees).

Over 350 business leaders attended yesterday’s luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Perth. The Best Employer Awards recognise WA employers who are performing well in areas that are critical for their employer brand. Insync Surveys conducted the research, which included feedback from 2169 employees, in partnership with WA Business News.

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