Stryker in meteoric rise as Australian 'Great Place to Work'

MEDICAL technology group Stryker has again been named as one of Australia’s best workplaces in the Great Place To Work study, scoring second place this year after ICT group Canva.

This is an impressive result for Stryker following its success last year, in which it topped the annual study, climbing swiftly from 25 to first place in just four years.

Stryker has made something of an art form of being recognised in work place awards, including Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies, Great Place to Work, Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For, Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, Gallup Great Workplace Awards, the Galien Foundation and Glassdoor Best Place to Work.

Erin Cramlet, senior director of human resources for Stryker South Pacific believes creating a great workplace is not rocket science – but comes down to people, culture and ensuring one positively fuels the other. 

She said Stryker coming at the peak of Great Place to Work again is particularly significant as the study has for 30 years mapped the world’s most notable workplace cultures, from small startups to some of the best-known multinationals – uncovering what makes them great and demonstrating that creating a great workplace can produce superior business performance.

“We wouldn’t be the first company to cite people and culture as key ingredients to a great workplace, but it’s what you do with these important elements that makes all the difference,” Ms Cramlet said.

“We purposefully look to attract people who care about others and will genuinely feel rewarded by the work we do. In doing so, we have developed a culture of driven, hardworking, passionate people who love working for a company that makes a real difference in this world.”

As Stryker’s mission statement suggests, the company is driven to make healthcare better and the organisation looks for the same passion among employees and potential applicants. Stryker places a large emphasis on looking ‘beyond the resume’ and attracts candidates from a wide range of backgrounds to take on successful careers in medical technology.

“It is our belief that our success as a company starts with our strengths-based hiring philosophy,” Ms Cramlet said.

“We choose to focus on understanding whether a potential candidate’s talents and strengths align with the role they are applying for, rather than whether or not they’ve had experience in that particular role before. This approach enables our employees to do what they do best, while also providing them with the opportunity to learn and grow their career, alongside a growing company,” she said.

Stryker has strong appeal for applicants as the company is well regarded for its innovative products and services in orthopaedics, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine sectors that help improve patient and hospital outcomes.

Great Place to Work Australia managing director Zrinka Lovrencic said, “This is an exciting, transformative and competitive time for companies. With a services sector heavy economy, employers now need to make a greater effort to improve their workplace cultures in order to retain employees.

“This competitive pressure benefits everyone, as all workplaces can increase their levels of employee engagement. The companies that have made the 2018 study have risen to this challenge and exemplify workplace culture excellence.”


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