Australia's Coolest Companies 2015 competition results are in! This year's contest brought out some amazing Aussie companies. In addition to online applications that each company had to submit to be considered, judges also evaluated each company's anonymous employee reviews on JobAdvisor. After all, that's where you can see what it's really like to work there. The two categories this year were Coolest in Tech and Cool for Women. Both awards celebrate companies who offer a game changing service, provide unprecedented benefits to employees, foster friendly working environments and are addressing workplace diversity and inclusion. Along the way we uncovered a few interesting trends such as that bringing dogs to the office is the new cool perk just as foosball tables used to be, and found that companies across Australia are tackling challenges like equal pay and parental leave with some great results. Without further ado, here are our 2015 Coolest Companies winners as well as finalists for each category.
It's that time of year again, we're looking for Australia's coolest companies to work for! There are loads of lists profiling the "best companies to work for" in Australia, so we thought we'd do something a little different and go looking for Australia’s "coolest". Last year we kicked off our search in the tech sector and uncovered a whole bunch of cool companies who you can read all about on News.com.au. This year we've expanded our search to uncover Australia's coolest companies for women!
A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine Sally (not her real name) listened to a speaker at a leadership event tell everyone the key to communication was “to always say what you’re thinking, right now”. Sally realised she finds it really hard to do that, so she did an experiment and this is what happened.
A few years back I was feeling really down about work. I was stressed out because I had loads to do and was feeling insecure about my ability to do a good job. I just didn’t know where to start and the negative self-talk had kicked in… I was thinking, “I really suck at this, I can’t do it”. Then I got some advice that changed my life.
Recently I met with the CEO of a large hotel chain who has a great reputation as a leader. When I offhandedly referred to her team as “employees” she stopped, looked me in the eye and said politely but firmly, “we don’t use that word around here.”
Having read thousands of reviews on JobAdvisor over the years, I think it’s fair to say I’ve had a pretty reasonable insight into what people really want from their employers and managers, or more specifically what they don’t want! Here are some of the key things I’ve learned.
If you ask me for the three best decisions I made in my life, one of them will definitely be moving to Australia. I’m not gonna lie to you – moving overseas (or even to the country next door – hi Canada!) is no easy feat. It’s disruptive in every major way possible, but man, is it worth it. For me, it meant an unforgettable and rewarding six years in Australia and a huge benefit to my career and every other aspect of my life. I would do it again in a heartbeat, and you should consider it too – if the opportunity arises.
As a remote team member, I sometimes struggle with the seemingly infinite freedom of working from home. For example, what I tell myself that I do is break up my day into 3 hour chunks and some of those are filled with work while others are personal. The end result should be that I work roughly 9 hours a day, but not usually in a continuous set.
It can be really tough to bring yourself to have a hard, direct conversation with someone who isn’t doing what they should be doing at work. Whether it’s a colleague who’s not pulling their weight, or a boss who never gets back to you, it’s all too tempting to give in to the urge to avoid conflict and just let things slide.
There are two times of the year when people tend to change jobs more than any other. One is January, no doubt because we’ve had a chance to reflect on life and decide we want to make a change. The other is July. If you’re a little over your job and considering a change, this post is for you.