How we’re making Cancer Council NSW an inspirational place to volunteer and work
In what’s been a challenging year for many, our commitment to be an Inspirational Place to Volunteer and Work has remained strong. Over the past year, the delivery of key initiatives has contributed to our employee retention efforts, and we’ve seen our employee voluntary turnover halve in the last five years.
Building diversity in our workforce
Our inaugural Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Being Me @ NSWCC was launched, setting out objectives against four key pillars – recruit, include, grow and lead. The strategy aims to enable diverse and inclusive workplaces that inspire each person to come to work as their authentic self.
An attraction and selection review took place as part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to strengthen our employer brand, resulting in the re-vamp of ‘Work with us’ pages on the CCNSW website featuring seven new careers videos where employees and volunteers share their experiences of working/volunteering with us.
Continuing our focus on wellness
In our 2019 engagement survey, our people told us they wanted us to be more eco-friendly in our day-to-day operations. To this end, this year the Green Daffodils were established, driving new waste reduction initiatives in each of our offices.
Employees and volunteers engaged with our new Wellness Program by participating in mental health awareness training, mindfulness sessions, health and wellness activities, and RU OK Day.
Creating career opportunities
Our people are provided with the opportunity to develop and progress within the organisation regardless of their location. Over 10% of traditionally Woolloomooloo based roles were advertised as ‘flexible location’ to expand career development opportunities across all of our local offices in NSW.
We offered opportunities for employees and volunteers to participate in our Career Development program including sessions to hear about the inspiring and varied career paths of colleagues, how to create your development plan and supporting managers to have career conversations with their team members
The Speaker Series was introduced this year as an initiative that invites external speakers to share stories and ideas from their life experiences that align to CCNSW, for example, demonstrating the organisational values.
Building leadership capability
We continue to enrol leaders through the Leadership Development Program with three cohorts completing the 300-day program in the financial year. The first Alumni Session was held virtually in June to embed program learnings, strengthen connections amongst our leaders and foster collaboration.