The Sutherland District Trade Union Club (Tradies)

The Australian Business Award for HR Management recognises organisations that execute initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to excellence in human resource management.

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In 2016, Tradies entered into their 56th year in the NSW Registered Club Industry. Beginning as a small clubhouse in 1960, Tradies now owns three successful clubs which provide dining, beverage, entertainment, gaming and event facilities. Their purpose is ‘To Serve and Connect’ their community.

Tradies utilised a decentralised and flexible organisational structure that is constantly evolving with the growth and expansion of the organisation. Tradies’ key ingredient to success is their employees. While many organisations look for previous experience, talent and skills, Tradies looks for character and kindness. They hire people who are involved in the community through sport, charities and volunteering because they already share their purpose and genuinely relish the opportunities Tradies provide.

Tradies started its ‘employee wellbeing’ journey in 2013 with the introduction of an annual ‘Employee Wellbeing Day’. The days featured information regarding education, real estate, finance, fitness and nutrition. In 2014, they included a short presentation from a local psychologist who spoke about the importance of mental health. After finding out they had significant room for improvement, an Employee Wellbeing Committee was formed to devise a plan for improving mental health and wellbeing for employees. The committee focused on prevention and holistic emotional wellbeing, and formulated strategies focussed on engagement and proactive support, which was inspired by their research. The idea was to integrate mental health awareness into the workplace culture so that it became a natural part of the organisation vernacular.

Through this initiative, Tradies has strengthened connections between employees, managers and community. Mental Health is now seen as something they all have to look after, for themselves and for each other. Asking ‘are we ok?’ has become an ingrained part of their culture with a strong focus on interpersonal relationships within the team. The genuine concern and assistance is appreciated by employees, and because the management are genuine in their care, employees are genuine in their needs. Whether employees are with the company for long or short time, the mental health initiative is life-long and employees will take their attitude and skills for looking after their wellbeing with them wherever they go. The initiative positively impacted sick leave, profit and employee engagement.

Tradies is being recognised for a HR Management Award in the Australian Business Awards 2016.

The Australian Business Awards are the regional chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership program conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations from each region are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards. Conducted annually and currently in the second year of its international launch, The World Business Awards seeks to engage with the world’s business, innovation and technology leaders through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework. The program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance. The cycle culminates in the recognition and celebration of organisations that implement world-class business initiatives and industry leading products and services on a prominent and far-reaching scale. All entries must be entered in the regional chapter where the organisation is based.

Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multinational subsidiaries, not-for-profit organisations, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia.

Initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.

Entries are assessed utilising a robust and dynamic framework to ensure that the assessment process is pertinent and objective. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. The Framework consists of specialised assessment modules pertaining to the evaluation criteria for each of the award categories. The criteria and sub-criteria provide a robust set of requirements that are used as the methodology for benchmarking and learning among the participating organisations.

Organisations that participate are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally. The recipients are acknowledged for their achievements and recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their products, projects, initiatives, contributions and achievements recognised on a prominent and far-reaching scale. The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige. This establishes a valuable resource that can be used extensively to create opportunities for publicity, positive organisational profiling and heightened brand awareness within the respective industries both nationally and internationally.

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