Michael Bailey Deputy editor

Michael has been a business journalist for 12 years. He has extensive experience editing magazines covering funds management, commercial property and the travel industry. In 2011 he won a Citi Excellence in Financial Journalism award for a BRW cover story on economic indicators.

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Work for the Best Place

Published 09 February 2012 05:01, Updated 09 February 2012 10:19

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Are your colleagues as close as family? Do you suffer “Friday-itis” at the thought of two days away from your desk? Is the free food from the staff canteen better than anything you could whip up at home?

If you answered “yes” to all these questions, then be sure to write and let us know where to send our resume.

But a nod to any of them should encourage you to get your organisation nominated for the annual Best Places To Work list, prepared by the Great Place To Work Institute and presented by BRW magazine every June.

Simply go to the “Enter Now” icon on brw.com.au to submit a registration form and the Great Place To Work Institute will be in touch. Entries close March 30.

Evaluation is done through an employee survey, which takes about 15 minutes for each worker to complete, as well as a “culture audit”, usually completed by your organisation’s human resources group.

It will be interesting to see whether information technology companies dominate this year as they did in 2011, when they took the top five positions on the list, and made up 20 of the 50 best places to work.

Employers in IT have been as big a standout globally as they have been in Australia. Last October, all 45 Great Place to Work offices around the world collaborated to produce a list of the world’s best multinational workplaces.

Microsoft came out on top, followed by SAS, NetApp and Google, with FedEx Express in fifth, the highest non-IT specialist on the list.

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