SYDNEY, Australia, 27 October 2005
Sydney - 27 October 2005 - Microsoft Australia has won the 2005 Employer of Choice Award at the Australian Human Resources (HR) Awards. This is the second year in a row that Microsoft Australia has won this prestigious award.
Five other finalists were judged for the award and the judges chose Microsoft Australia, based on a range of criteria including the number of innovative HR programmes that Microsoft Australia has implemented.
The programmes are:
- People Managers Programme: to support and train employees who manage team members
- Microsoft “Values Plus” Programme: whereby the crucial behaviours and values that reflect the needs of the business have been weaved into annual performance reviews, rewards and recognition programmes and new employee orientation
- Extensive flexible work practices, including work from home options and job sharing employment opportunities
- Mentoring Programme: where employees can tap into a global list of mentors which are matched to each employee's defined needs
The success of these initiatives is reflected in the company's lower than average voluntary attrition rate of 4 per cent and employee satisfaction rate of 79 per cent.
Microsoft Australia has also introduced a number of new programmes this year which place a strong emphasis on maintaining a positive culture for employees.
Mr Mark Newton, Director, Human Resources, Microsoft Australia said, “Microsoft's focus is on strengthening our relationships with our customers and stake holders across the industry and community. Core to that focus is the development of our human resources and alignment of our people with business objectives and values.”
“The wellbeing of any company is highly dependent on a strong focus on HR and the recognition that it has a vital role to play in employee happiness, retention and in turn, economic growth for the company.
“This year, we've increased our focus on community initiatives with a number of new programmes which allow our employees to give something back to their local communities. We've started an employee software donation programme, where employees can nominate non-profit organisations to receive software donations of up to $1,500 per annum, we now run an annual ?Family Day' and we encourage everyone to get involved in activities such as the The Smith Family Toy Drive and the Starlight Foundation's IT Fund for Kids,” Mr Newton said.
Microsoft Australia also has a volunteering policy where employees can take up to three days per year as paid volunteer leave to support charities of their choice.
The annual Australian HR awards recognise excellence across the entire range of human resources practices.
The 18 head judges for the awards were drawn from a range of industries, professional associations and from government and included leading academics and industry experts.
Microsoft Australia is currently actively recruiting for a range of positions in the marketing, sales and technical areas.
Information on these career opportunities can be found at: www.microsoft.com.au/careers
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