GroundProbe is celebrating after being named on the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) BOSS Best Places to Work list for 2021. We were honoured to rank #2 on the Agriculture, Mining & Utilities list, from nearly 700 nominated organisations across Australia and New Zealand. The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, recognises and ranks the best places to work, by industry, and is the premier list of its kind.
The rankings are based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading behavioural science consultancy, Inventium. Companies are evaluated on the policies, practices and programs that best support employees and help them feel motivated and engaged at work. Assessments are made on a written submission and a staff survey, allowing employees to have their own say.
GroundProbe was thrilled to be recognised for our achievements and practices around its culture of learning and experimentation, wellbeing and metal health initiatives, and how the organisation contributes to society that goes well beyond generating economic value.
GroundProbe is a global technology leader specialising in real-time solutions for measuring and monitoring geohazards. Our pioneering technology detects and warns people and communities of impending mine collapses, dam bursts, rock falls and landslides.
GroundProbe CEO Brian Gillespie said that GroundProbe is a vibrant and happy workplace where people are encouraged to participate fully.
“We’ve worked hard over many years to make sure that GroundProbe is a company that listens to its people and encourages diversity in all forms,” he said.
“Brisbane is our HQ and main manufacturing centre, but two thirds of our Brisbane-based employees come from the 17 countries where we have other offices.
“That level of cultural diversity makes for a rich and engaging workplace, which as a CEO, makes me extremely proud.”
The company has grown to become a global innovation powerhouse and the trusted partner of companies around the world.
GroundProbe’s VP Technology, Lachlan Campbell, says that GroundProbe’s focus on innovation and continued learning is not by accident but rather a cornerstone of its business strategy for success.
“We micro fund ideas, we celebrate fast failures, and we congratulate and reward innovation on both a whole-company and individual employee level,” he said.
“There is a culture of learning and curiosity that involves much more than our formal L&D programs.
“It is a lively and fast-paced workplace where experimentation is encouraged, and every team member feels safe in presenting ideas and explore the unknown.”
GroundProbe also prides itself on its wellbeing and mental health initiatives.
GroundProbe’s HR Business Partner, Lauren Cameron, said that GroundProbe has several policies, practices and initiatives to promote health and wellbeing.
“We give our employees access to formal services such free EAP services, discounted health insurance and wellbeing-related leave policies, and are proud to have four certified mental health officers across our Australian business who have undergone mental health first aid training,” she said.
“But it’s also about how we highlight the importance of health and mental wellbeing so that our employees feel safe to speak up and access services if they choose to.
“We strongly emphasise R U OK? Day, held sessions on navigating anxiety during work from home periods, participated in mental health sessions, and most importantly, continually reinforce these messages throughout the entire year in our offices and on our digital dashboards.”
Inventium’s founder, Dr Amantha Imber, congratulated winners on their innovative policies, practices and programs that support their employees.
“Inventium is proud to announce the 2021 Best Places to Work list in conjunction with the Australian Financial Review. We have undertaken extensive research into what truly makes a brilliant workplace and we are thrilled to recognise many organisations who are leading the way with innovative practices that drive key elements such as flexibility, wellbeing and equality,” she said.
The Best Places to Work list for 2021 has been published in the Australian Financial Review, afr.com and BOSS Magazine. More information about the Agriculture, Mining & Utilities list can be found here. This was GroundProbe’s first entry into the awards.
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