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Talent International named in world’s Top 40 workplaces list

Tech and digital recruitment specialists, Talent International, which began as a modest Perth start-up in 1995, have been named as one of Gallup’s 2019 World’s Top 40 Great Workplaces.

Talent Founder and Executive Chairman Richard Earl said it was the only recruitment company internationally to make the list and one of only two Australian winners.

The accolade sits among a number of others picked up in the last year by Nielsen and his team. Last November, APAC CEO Mark Nielsen was named CEO Magazine’s CEO of the Year as well as taking home the Professional Services Executive of the Year Award for good measure.

Talent, which expanded into Sydney in 1999, opened offices in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide between 2005 and 2007 and then expanded further into New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, the UK and Europe, was also awarded a Gold Medal in HRD’s 2018 Employer of Choice Awards.

Talent was also named a Top Performing Company by HRD in the categories of Diversity and Inclusion, Remuneration and Career Progression and has picked up the APSCo Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

Earl said the award was wonderful acknowledgement of what has been a main focus of Talent since its conception 25 years ago.

“At Talent, our vision is to redefine the world of recruitment by providing rewarding and empowering experiences for all those we work with,” he continued. “As the only recruitment company to win this global award it is a fantastic endorsement of our unique initiatives and reflects our commitment to break from the pack.”

Earl explained the Gallup award encompasses all industries and said it recognised Talent “as a world-leading company which has achieved exceptionally high levels of engagement through investing in its people to create a positive, supportive employee experience”.

Gallup said Talent was included in the Top 40 Great Workplaces list because of a number of key initiatives it has implemented. These included increased communication at all levels of the business, implementing a new online training program, launching a real-time recognition tool, and a reinvention of the company’s values, which involved input from all employees in every region.

Talent said the resulting values from the staff engagement reflected the values of “lead the way”, “strive for better” and “give a damn”.

Talent’s Head of People and Culture (APAC), April Marcot said the award recognised Talent’s desire to “lead the way in team engagement”.

“At Talent, we are focused on creating a culture that thrives on high performance, embraces difference, and embodies our values,” Marcot added. “Our teams feel connected to, and deeply passionate about our vision and purpose.

“Our management team understands the intrinsic relationship between performance and engagement. Their commitment is authentic, they really walk the talk.”

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