AN all-expenses-paid holiday with work colleagues once a year is a perk most employees can only dream of.
But for the lucky staff at occupational health service provider Kinnect in Mackay it is a reality.
The next trip is a three-day comedy cruise from Sydney.
The company has been awarded the 17th Best Place to Work in Australia, after being awarded 9th place in 2016 and 18th in 2015.
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Staff working at Kinnect enjoy some unique perks including:
- Annual all-expenses-paid group holidays
- Transparent pay scales
- Frequency of performance reviews dictated by employees
- Uncapped professional development
- The opportunity to purchase additional annual leave
- A day off to celebrate birthdays
Kinnect chief executive officer Kevin Conlon said the organisation was humbled to receive the award again.
“As an occupational health provider, it’s our inherent belief that individuals who choose to work in the health industry are those who genuinely care for the well-being of others, and are driven by the need to help, care and empower those in need,” he said.
“Interestingly, what we are seeing more and more of is that our team don’t just want perks.
“It’s about more than giving a car parking space or bonus.
“Of course, those things are nice to have, but it’s about creating meaningful engagement, opportunities for personal and professional growth, and really trying to make their work an enjoyable experience each and every day.
“It is our belief that you spend too much time at work to not be happy.”
Staff in the Mackay office echo their director’s words.
Occupational therapist Jessica Pulis has been in her role for eight months and couldn’t be happier.
“This is my graduate job and I was looking for somewhere with lots of support and mentoring, where I could broaden my skills,” Ms Pulis said.
“The best perks are they are very people orientated. It is very work life balanced. Happy people equals happy clients.
“And we get our birthdays off.”
Exercise physiologist Zak Kharoofa said his favourite part of the job was the culture of support and positive reinforcement of the industry as a whole.
“That is pretty motivating to me. I can try and do my work more efficiently by being encouraged not discouraged,” he said.
“You can work in the highest paying job in the world or you can work in the best job in the world, but if the culture is not there it is not worth working for.”
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