“If you could pick one retailer to work for, who would it be?” The most important question posed by 2016’s Retail Employer of the Year award.
The Warehouse has taken out a well-deserved fifth successive victory as Retail Employer of the Year in the large employer category. Unlike many other competitions where a panel would determine the winner, this award relied on voting from past and present employees, as well as customers and the local community to crown the winner. Who best to judge what makes a great employer than the team members and customers.
Millennials don’t want cool; they want real
Millennials don’t want perks; they want purpose
It is becoming increasingly apparent that high pay, company cars, pool tables and beer fridges aren’t going to cut it when it comes to not only attracting millennials to the workplace but also keeping them around. Here at The Warehouse (part of The Warehouse Group), attracting and retaining millennials is an important company focus that goes far beyond these traditional stereotypes.
We had a chat with Jessica (Menswear Buyer), Louise (Menswear Buying Support Specialist) and Nikita (Graphic Designer) to discuss their collaboration and involvement in creating the ‘Back Country’ clothing range.
The Warehouse ‘Back Country’ clothing range is designed in-house. This gives Nikita more control over the design process and the Buyers more control over what is created and distributed in store.
The Warehouse is part of The Warehouse Group. The Warehouse Group is playing a leadership role promoting Retail as a Career in New Zealand and ensuring it is a desirable career choice.
We are aware of the common misperceptions about our industry, and we are leading our industry to change these. Some of these attitudes include: Retail is poorly paid, it’s boring, and it’s not a real career. These perceptions simply are not true!
Being a member of The Warehouse team comes with many benefits and rewards, one of which is our annual conference night. The Warehouse holds a conference for each region; 11 conferences in total around the country are held to recognise our teams and say thank you for their effort and commitment to our business. Permanent team members who work an average 15 hours or more a week and their partners are invited to attend.
The Warehouse has been announced as a finalist in the Enterprise category in this year’s IBM Kenexa Best Workplace Awards. It’s New Zealand’s largest and longest-running survey of employee engagement with over 36,000 employees from 210 organisations participating in this year’s survey with 50 workplaces achieving finalist status. The Warehouse’s placement as a finalist is based on the positive results of our annual engagement survey of which 93.4% of our team completed this year.
The Warehouse is very passionate about the community and environment; it is part of our culture and our vision to help New Zealand to flourish. Because of this, we participate in a range of different initiatives to combat issues within the environment and support New Zealand communities.
This year we have worked with Neighbourly to promote The Great Community Clean Up. The Great Community Clean Up involves team members from The Warehouse stores and Store Support Office going into their local community to pick up litter. Neighbourly has also invited the public to get involved and put together teams to do the same. Neighbourly is a website that connects people in communities. “Teaming up with Neighbourly means we can communicate the clean-up to 350,000+ members. These members are more involved than most in their communities so they’re the perfect people to encourage to be involved” Greg Nelson is the Environment Support Manager for The Warehouse.