Laminex Australia has been recognised as one of the best workplaces in the country in the Australian Financial Review’s prestigious BOSS Best Places to Work list 2022, Manufacturers’ Monthly discovers.
Laminex Australia’s outstanding commitment to providing a supportive, challenging and rewarding workplace has secured it a top spot in the Australian Financial Review’s Best Places to Work list for 2022, ranked at number 10 in the Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Category for the second year in a row.
Proudly Australian, the company has been a part of Australian life for more than 85 years and has continued to support the local economy in committing to operate all its manufacturing processes locally. Laminex Australia manufactures high-pressure laminate, compact laminate and wet-area panelling, decorated MDF used for cabinetry doors, raw particleboard and MDF in their various sustainable plants across Australia. As a subsidiary of Fletcher Building, the business has expanded to become one of the largest employers in their domain.
To secure a competitive edge as one of Australia’s leading manufacturers, Laminex Australia has invested heavily in its employee-focused initiatives and training, with the hope to cultivate an aspirational working environment for employees.
“Our employees are the backbone of our business, so it’s important to us that each staff member feels valued and engaged at work,” Laminex Australia executive general manager Justin Burgess said.
“We are committed to championing innovation through all pillars of our business, from product development through to our internal communications, which has allowed us to cultivate a nurturing, engaging and agile working environment.”
The Australian Financial Review (AFR) and BOSS magazine Best Places to Work awards are based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading behavioural science consultancy, Inventium. This includes a written submission and a staff survey examining policies, practices, and programs that help businesses to support their teams.
The awards celebrate successful organisations who are pioneering best practices in areas such as wellbeing, flexibility and equality, and pushing the boundaries when it comes to workplace policies and practices.
With an underlying focus on culture, Laminex Australia is passionate about looking at things differently to achieve the best result.
“Our focus is to innovate and be quite smart, and to lean in and think about how to compete in a global market,” Burgess said. “I passionately believe we can do that and be successful. I think that creates a unique proposition for us to challenge the status quo and not be afraid to reinvent ourselves, to stay relevant in Australian manufacturing.”
This has manifested in its Work from Anywhere arrangement which sees that all non-operational staff can work from any location, every day of the week. The company’s flexible work model has allowed Laminex to employ people from all over the country, rather than being confined to their Melbourne roots, and employees have enjoyed the benefits of spending more time with their families, being able to prioritise their health and save money by eliminating their daily commutes to work.
Laminex Australia’s remote working policy has also allowed the company to explore new online tools of communication to ensure its teams feel just as connected as they would working full time in an office. One means to achieve this is the company’s internal LaminexLive TV show, which allows Laminex Australia to educate its employees on macro trends that will impact the business in a dynamic and engaging way.
The interactive learning experience introduces global trends – such as climate change, The Great Resignation, or supply chain issues – and then brings it into a Laminex Australia context with stories from frontline workers who are connected to what is happening.
LaminexLIVE has been integral in the company’s ability to keep employees engaged and connected, which is critical to the success of a flexible work arrangement.
Laminex Australia’s employee-focused innovation builds upon a well-established workplace culture that spans more than 85 years.
“We are incredibly proud to receive recognition for our workplace policies and practices, and we look forward to expanding upon these over the coming years,” Burgess said. “The best is still to come.”
For more information about what makes Laminex Australia a great place to work, please visit Careers | Laminex AU.