Happy workplaces save thousands on recruitment costs
Happier workplaces can save thousands of dollars a year on recruitment costs according to CEO of E-Web Marketing Gary Ng, who is presenting on workplace wellbeing at the Workplace Health Promotion Network annual forum in Sydney on Wednesday, 20 June.
“It used to cost us between 5-12k to recruit each new staff member, but in the last two years we’ve almost eliminated those recruitment costs because word has gotten out about our positive workplace culture; we now find ourselves inundated with hundreds of high calibre job-seekers approaching us directly,” said Mr Ng.
For two years in a row E-Web Marketing has been placed among the top ten in the Best Places to Work in Australia audit; and is hoping to rank just as highly when results of the 2012 audit are released tomorrow. E-Web Marketing came second only to Google in 2011.
“My motto is ‘Happiness, Success and Fun’, and it’s always been my intention to create a workplace where people focus on solutions rather than problems, and look forward to coming to work on Monday morning,” said Mr Ng.
Some of the perks for staff at E-Web Marketing include a napping room, themed departments, a ping pong table, video games and company events.
“But those perks certainly wouldn’t mean as much if we didn’t combine them with supportive management, programs to empower and build staff potential, and the opportunity to make a difference.
“We aim to empower staff, for example, we don’t do ‘performance reviews’; we do ‘personal growth projections’ and ask staff to set their own KPI’s and growth areas,” said Mr Ng.
The Workplace Health Promotion Network (WHPN) was founded by the Mental Health Association NSW (MHA) with the aim of improving the health of the Australian working population by supporting organisations to create healthy workplaces.
Spokesperson for MHA, Katrina Davis said, “More than one in five Australians will experience a mental illness in any given year, so it is in the interests of every workplace to promote positive mental health and create a supportive workplace environment”.
The 2012 Workplace Health Promotion Network forum has been kindly sponsored by King & Wood Mallesons
The Workplace Health Promotion Network supports 50 private, government and nongovernment organisations; across the legal, financial services, health, community and education sectors. For more: www.whpn.org