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Mecca, L’Occitane named best places to work

Beauty retailer Mecca has made the list of best places to work in Australia for the fifth consecutive year, according to the annual Best Places to Work study released by Great Place to Work on Wednesday.

With 2587 employees, Mecca Brands was ranked fifth among organisations with 1000 or more employees, behind global tech giants, including Salesforce, Atlassian and Cisco Systems, and hotel chain Hilton.

“I am incredibly proud that Mecca has placed in the top five for five consecutive years in Australia’s Best Places to Work,” Mecca Brands founder and CEO Jo Horgan said.

“At Mecca we aim to empower women to look and feel their best, and we cannot do that if we don’t empower our own people to be the best they can be. We strive to create a workplace which feeds both their mind and their spirit and to create a culture which is as inspiring as it is nurturing.”

Kennards Hire was the only other retail business with 1000 employees or more to make the list of best places to work, and L’Occitane Australia was the only retail business with 100 to 999 employees to receive the honour. No retailers with fewer than 100 employees were on this year’s list of the best places to work.

Great Place to Work surveyed 63,740 employees from 160 companies over the past 12 months to compile its list of the 50 best places to work across the three size categories.

The organisation noted that the number of unfilled positions has increased by 21.4 per cent between May 2017 and May 2018, which means employers need to do more to attract the best candidates.

During the same 12-month period, the voluntary turnover at the companies on the list has decreased by over 30 per cent, from 15 per cent to 10 per cent, indicating that the best workplaces compete on culture.

According to Great Place to Work’s survey, 83 per cent of employees at organisations on the list agree that their work has special meaning.

Ninety-one per cent feel a sense of pride when they see what they have accomplished, and 94 per cent are proud to tell others where they work.

“We commend the leaders, managers, and employees at these companies for the extraordinary efforts they take to sustain great workplace cultures,” Great Place to Work managing director Zrinka Lovrencic wrote in the report.

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