Woods named a 2017 Aon Best Employer
We are extremely proud to announce that Woods has been awarded the heralded Aon Best Employer status following a robust process including a company-wide employee survey and interviews.
Out of 123 organisations, we were one of 16 Australasian businesses to make the list. We are in really good company. The New Zealand businesses who made the cut were Z Retail, Z Corporate, Coca-Cola Amatil NZ, Chorus NZ, FedEx NZ – and us. As you can imagine, we are very proud!
At Woods we are passionate about the work we do and we are always pushing ourselves to be better in all areas, which includes our workplace culture. The Best Employer process was a lot of work, but it was something we wanted to do – for ourselves, for our employees and for you, our clients. We know that if our employees are happy in their work, then they are happier when working offsite with our clients, too.
Because we now have 120 employees and counting, we wanted to use a third party (Aon) and their tried-and-true method to give us the right metrics and benchmarks to determine just how well we are doing with our employee engagement compared to other businesses.
We achieved an engagement score of 93%, which put us at the upper end of the upper quartile of the best employers in Australia/New Zealand – a result which is outstanding, we are told. We had an 83% participation rate in the employee survey.
On each of the four measures of “talent management”, we rated higher than the standard of Best Employers 2016: for employee engagement, aligned employer brand, effective leadership, and high-performance culture.
We work really hard on creating an attractive environment for our staff to work and develop their careers. Having a happy and engaged workforce at Woods makes it easier to recruit retain the best talent, something we are very focused on in our period of growth and expansion. It also means we have more confidence in being able to provide you with the best surveyor, planner or designer for your project.
Of course, for many of our employees, the “workplace” spreads further than Woods – we thank you for looking after our team when they are on site with you, and treating them with the same respect that we do.
We are very proud of the team and culture we have created at Woods and humbled by this new Aon Best Employer accreditation. Thank you for your support.