2018 Employer of Choice Awards

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Last updated on July 11, 2018

Business Workshops and Awards Lunch

Tuesday 3 July 2018 at Wrest Point Hobart

The presentation of the 2018 Employer of Choice Awards included a program of outstanding speakers and practical workshops designed to help you build a better workplace. Please see below for details, copies of presentations and links to EoC program partners.


Plenary 1 - Skills utilisation - building capability and culture

Lisa Denny Demographer and UTAS Research Fellow.

Lisa explained the factors which contribute to skills under-utilisation, the impact on productivity for organisations as well as the implications for individuals in achieving successful life outcomes. Understanding these factors will enable organisations to engage in workplace reform and more effectively target their investment in skills, thereby improving capability, productivity and workplace culture.

Lisa Denny presentation

University of Tasmania

WORKSHOP A - Action Learning DIY

Genevieve Cother

This workshop introduced the fundamental tenets of action learning and offered an opportunity for participants to experience an action learning set meeting.

Contact Action Learning Institute for details

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WORKSHOP B - Leading in complexity

Margo Lockhart

In this masterclass, Margo Lockhart outlined some of the key characteristics of adaptive leaders; those with a high capacity to perform in a workplace of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA).

Margo Lockhart presentation


WORKSHOP C - Mental wellness for you and your workplace

Claire Evans, Wellways and Mark Leopold, beyondblue

A practical session on understanding and supporting people to achieve mental wellness at home and at work.

For you, from the Wellways to Health program - achieving optimal health, managing stress, increasing self-awareness and maintaining wellness.

For your workplace, from beyondblue – the new how-to guide Developing a workplace mental health strategy.

Wellways presentation

Beyondblue presentation

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2018 Employer of Choice Award winners powerpoint presentation

MC - Michael Bailey, CEO, Tasmanian  Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Guest Speaker

Kate Carnell, Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman powerpoint presentation


Plenary 2 - Power networking forum

Kate Carnell provided her top tips for power networking, and led a lively practice session.

WORKSHOP D - Diversity and inclusion drive business performance

Lauren Jauncey, Frankly Diversity

This interactive workshop provided attendees with the skills to develop a business case to gain management buy-in for their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

Lauren Jauncey presentation

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WORKSHOP E - Great workplace mentoring

Daniela Schurink-Moeller and Andrew Hyatt

This workshop outlined how to combine a mentoring approach with workplace training, workforce planning and the review of recruitment opportunities for existing and new staff.

Contact Business and Employment for details

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WORKSHOP F - From technical specialist to manager and leader – how to avoid the ‘accidental manager syndrome’

Michelle Brooks, Aurora Energy; Beth Mathison, Telstra Entrepreneur of the Year; Ariadne Braz Magalhaes, BluPrint Consulting; Janine Arnold, UTAS

This interactive workshop explored the transition from staff member to managing a team to leading a business.

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