Stryker South Pacific has been recognised as the #1 Best Place to Work in Australia out of the top 50 employers nationally. This is the fourth time Stryker South Pacific has appeared on the Best Places to Work list.
“We are a company full of truly incredible individuals who work together as one team, with one common purpose: to make healthcare better. Our people consistently go above and beyond to help make a difference to our customers, their patients, and to each other. This award belongs to our people.” – Maurice Ben-Mayor, President Stryker South Pacific.
The organisation behind the study, Great Place to Work, declares that a great workplace is one where you trust the people you work for, have pride in what you do and enjoy the people you work with. In the tenth annual award, medical device company Stryker took out the top spot amongst organisations with 100 – 999 employees.
This is not a one off for the company. Stryker has a proven track record. In 2014, Stryker were ranked #25, before jumping 21 spots to #4 in 2015 and then #2 in 2016. Mr Ben-Mayor puts this down to the strategy of Building the Best Team.
“Attracting and engaging employees is a continuous evolution,” says Mr Ben-Mayor.
“As leaders, we need to ensure it evolves in a positive way and this requires constant focus and attention on all the areas that drive a culture of engagement: trust in the leadership, pride and inspiration in the work you do and the opportunity to do what you do best.”
A strengths-based approach
In fact, Stryker’s unique hiring framework – designed for them in partnership with the Gallup Organisation – focuses on how the strengths and talents of a potential candidate align with the role they are applying for, rather than whether or not they have experience in that particular role.
This philosophy is central to Stryker’s success when it comes to building the best team because it allows employees to shine in roles that fit with what they enjoy doing and with what they do best, rather than ‘pigeon holing’ people into careers based solely on their experience to date.
How does Stryker foster a culture of engagement?
For Mr Ben-Mayor and his Leadership Team, ensuring the company mission – ‘together with our customers, we are driven to make healthcare better’ – is at the heart of everything employees see, hear and do, helps to continually inspire and remind them of the very real human impact of their work.
“Connecting individuals to a bigger purpose is becoming increasingly important, especially as Generation Y makes up a higher percentage of the employee-demographic,” Mr Ben-Mayor says.
As Stryker, no matter from what generation or what position, employees know that at the end of every sale, transaction, medical education training program, phone call, product dispatch, or even internal meeting, there is a patient in need of Stryker’s products or services. This common goal unites everyone behind that common purpose: to make a difference.