Atlassian's Innovative HR Practices Win Hewitt Best Employer 2009 Highly Commended Award

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Atlassian, Australia's fastest growing software development house, was announced earlier this month as Highly Commended Employer of Choice in Australia and New Zealand by Hewitt Associates. Atlassian has continued to push the boundaries of Human Resource policy with implementation of innovative staff programs such as '20% time' and adherence to the company's bold values such as 'Open Company - No Bullshit'.

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We have a very low voluntary turn over rate - less than 3%, which is well below the industry average.

Atlassian, Australia's fastest growing software development house, was announced earlier this month as Highly Commended Employer of Choice in Australia and New Zealand by Hewitt Associates. The Hewitt Best Employers in ANZ study is the largest employee research project in Australia and New Zealand. Atlassian received an outstanding employee engagement score of 87%, which is higher than than the Hewitt Best Employer average engagement rate of 80%.

Founded in 2002, Atlassian has continued to push the boundaries of Human Resource policy. "Our HR approach is still centred around traditional attraction and retention," says Atlassian's Head of HR Joris Luijke "but it's about doing it a different way, and taking full advantage of global innovations". Atlassian attracts staff largely through utilising social media such as Twitter and company blogs, and all Atlassian staff are encouraged to have transparent dialogues with potential new hires. Atlassian is currently hiring for 32 positions in their Sydney office.

Their staff are kept engaged with innovative initiatives and perks, such as providing people with the opportunity to work a week per year for a charity of their choice. Employees are also allowed to spend '20% time' of their week to implement innovative new ideas rather than day to day work. The company has recently introduced a quick and effective performance review process called 'One-Dayers' that keeps employees on track of their work objectives.

"We have a very low voluntary turn over rate - less than 3%, which is well below the industry average." Luijke attributes the company's low turnover rate due to genuine valuation of staff and sticking to the Atlassian company values such as 'Open Company - No Bullshit', and 'Be the Change You Seek'.

Atlassian's staff engagement practices have been formally recognised extensively over the past year in Australia:

  •          Best Employer in ANZ (Highly Commended) Hewitt
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  •     Employer of Choice (Highly Commended) HR Leadership Awards
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  •     Best Employer Branding Strategy (Finalist) HR Leadership Awards
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  •     Corporate Social Responsibility (Finalist) Australian Human Resources Institute Awards

*About Atlassian*
Atlassian develops affordable, lightweight software that helps enterprises collaborate better. Its products include Confluence, recognised as the most widely-used enterprise wiki, and JIRA, one of the world's most popular issue trackers for IT project management. The company has more than 17,000 customers worldwide, including 30 of the world's top 50 corporations. For more information, visit: http://www.atlassian.com.

For media enquiries or to organise an interview with Joris Luijke contact: Robyn Munro, +612 9262 1443

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