Lendlease is a leading international property and infrastructure group, with approximately 13,000 employees across operations in Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, their employees help to create places that leave a positive legacy with a focus on health and safety, customers, innovation and sustainability. Lendlease and their legacy businesses have been entrusted with many projects that have become the cornerstone of cities and communities – projects like the September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the Athletes’ Village in London, Sydney Opera House, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, critical infrastructure, stadiums and entertainment facilities around the world, hospitals, schools, shopping centres, residential communities and high rise apartment buildings.
In February 2018, Lendlease identified a need to create a business initiative that demonstrated the core values of the business regarding employee engagement and career development. The issue (of underutilised development plans) was discussed with members of the Lendlease People and Culture team, and it was decided that the organisation needed a way to activate development plans, help them become relevant and useful to support the ongoing personal and professional growth of their employees. A working group was established, led by a new role in the organisation “Learning Community Manager”, who was tasked with leading the solution that would address the problem.
The working group assembled not only posed the question “how do we make Development Plans meaningful?”, but also: “do Development Plans matter?” Research was undertaken, showing that indeed Development Plans matter, but more importantly, having employees understand and know what development options are available to them, was crucial to constructing a meaningful Development Plan.
In an effort of aligning to the Lendlease Innovation pathway, the Develop You Festivals were created, resulting in 984 employees attended one of the 7 festivals across Australia. The Develop You Festivals were held in the following locations: Barangaroo, NorthConnex, Canberra, Kingsgate, Parramatta, Melbourne Quarter and Chatswood. The festivals traditionally ran from 11am to 2pm, across the lunchtime period.
Where possible, there was a consistency of operation applied to each festival, with repeated sessions and rotated guest speakers. The look and feel of the festivals were repeated in each location, using sustainable bunting, reusable posters and a recurrent setup for the stalls. Each location had tailored sessions to address the needs of the anticipated audience, however the overarching theme of career support and raising the awareness of development options was maintained.
Following the success of the Australian Develop You Festivals in 2018, as evidenced by the resulting feedback, they’ve now gone global across Lendlease. A number of Festivals are now running in Lendlease’s site locations in the United States, Asia and across Europe. The collateral, marketing, posters, artwork and design ideas are all being leveraged to ensure a consistency of event brand. The breakout session topics and stall holders are being replicated, again to ensure a consistency of event and maintain a high-quality experience is associated with the event, regardless of location.
Within Australia, the events for 2019 are now in planning phase, with further investment given to ensuring a broader reach and increased value to attendees. Senior Leadership within Lendlease have agreed to support the Develop You Festivals running on an annual basis, ensuring our commitment to employee career and development is maintained as a strategic priority and key driver to ongoing business success.
The Australian Business Awards are an annual comprehensive awards program which recognises organisations that demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement via a set of established business and product award categories.
The Australian Business Awards are the national chapter of an integrated, hierarchical leadership initiative conducted on a national and international level. Eligible organisations are invited to participate in the international chapter of the program at The World Business Awards whereby participants are provided with the unique opportunity to benchmark themselves against the top performers globally.
The process culminates in the selection of organisations which implement world-class business initiatives, projects, products and services. The award recipients are recognised as the elite of their industry earning a place amongst a distinguished group by having their achievements acknowledged and celebrated.
Organisational eligibility 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.
Organisations are required to complete a submission for a specific business initiative, product or service.
Business initiatives can include but are not limited to projects, programs, processes, systems, technologies, developments, ventures and undertakings.
Products can include but are not limited to services, devices, equipment, programs, processes, activities, applications, information, knowledge, software, cloud-based services, platforms, systems and manufactured goods. Products must be commercially available on the Australian market and comply with all applicable Australian standards and regulatory requirements. Product eligibility includes domestic and international products available to the Australian marketplace.
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 demonstrate the core values of business innovation, product innovation, technological achievement and employee engagement are recognised via a set of established business and product award categories.
The program provides a notable opportunity for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and celebrated for their achievements both nationally and internationally.
Conducted annually, the program engages with organisations worldwide to benchmark the full spectrum of their products, services and initiatives and to review their business performance through a global recognition and knowledge building initiative that is underpinned by the program’s established framework.
The program provides the ultimate platform for building knowledge, increasing brand awareness, equity, loyalty and retention through increased exposure, recognition and prestige.