J&J tops health industry in new best place to work list

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Johnson & Johnson said it is honoured to be recognised as one of Australia and New Zealand’s 'Best Places to Work' and ranking first on the list of health organisations.

The annual list, which is published by The Australian Financial Review and BOSS Magazine, is based on an assessment process managed by one of Australia’s leading behavioural science consultancies - Inventium. The overall winner was SEEK.

Katrina Symons, the head of human resources for Johnson & Johnson in Australia and New Zealand, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to have Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies recognised as a Best Place to Work. At the centre of everything we do – the values that guide our decision making – is Our Credo – our commitment and responsibility to; the patients, doctors, nurses, mothers, fathers that use our products and services; our employees; the communities in which we live and work; and our shareholders.

"We are proud to be recognised for our ongoing efforts to create an environment where our people can feel inspired, connected and supported every day – and to be implementing initiatives and programs that are innovative and industry leading.”

Johnson & Johnson operates across three sectors and is led by Susan Martin (Medical Devices), Biljana Naumovic (Pharmaceuticals) and Charmaine England (Consumer Health).

The company said it has developed a range of health and wellness initiatives for its employees, including Energy for Performance (E4P) training to help people become physically energised, emotionally connected and mentally focused.

It said participation had resulted in an 18 per cent higher likelihood of receiving a top performance rating.

The company said it also runs regular Mental Wellbeing seminars to support people and is one of the founding organisations in the Corporate Mental Wellbeing Alliance.

It was also recognised for its benefits for employees, including flexible work choices, parental leave, four-day work weeks, compressed working weeks and hours, an annual lifestyle day, onsite and virtual gym classes, as well as exercise reimbursement of up to $600 per year.

Johnson & Johnson was also one of 17 companies to achieve the federal government's Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equity citation in 2021.

“While diversity, equity and inclusion has always been a focus for Johnson & Johnson, within a hybrid environment, this is now absolutely paramount, and we are striving to ensure that we embed a culture that not only treats everyone equally, but actively seeks input from all,” said Katrina Symons.

The company said its Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) includes a First Nations Cross-Cultural Awareness Program.

"The program is designed to improve cross-cultural competency, provide a better understanding of Aboriginal history, and understand our place in that story," said the company.