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.

Customer shopping online
Customer Experience
Customer Experience
5 ways to help prepare your business for online Christmas shopping

Despite COVID-19 restrictions easing, many people might still prefer to shop online instead of in-store this Christmas. Is your business ready to meet the demands of the holida...

Regional Australian landscape
Customer Experience
Customer Experience
Bridging the location gap: How regional businesses are thriving online

As society becomes more digitally connected, technology is helping to unleash the potential of many regional businesses.

Female worker stretching hands above head at workplace
Productivity
Productivity
Why you should choose mindfulness over multitasking

Every minute counts for small business owners, so working on three or four things at once might seem like the best way to get things done. But is multitasking actually holding ...

Business owner uses digital tablet on a farm
Business IQ
Business IQ
Federal Budget 2020: 5 key take-aways for small business

Telstra has teamed up with Small Business Australia to deliver a series of articles and resources to help Aussie small businesses survive and thrive in these challenging times....