'Employer of Choice' Awarded To Boyce Cooma

31 March 2006

The Cooma office of BOYCE Chartered Accountants, has earned the Mustard Group’s prestigious and exclusive Accounting Employer of Choice award for 2006. 

“There is something in the water here in the Cooma office of BOYCE that I would love to bottle and distribute to every professional services firm in Australia”, said Jason Johnson, Chief Executive of Mustard Group. Mr Johnson was in Cooma to present the award to the partners of BOYCE Chartered Accountants. 

Benchmarked against more than 250 accounting firms throughout Australia, Mustard Group identified that the employees of BOYCE Cooma rated their employment relationship better than their peers in other firms. An outcome confirmed by the independent selection panel, chaired by Professor Roger Collins of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) in Sydney, which judged the awards.

As a result, BOYCE Cooma becomes only the fourth firm, and the first truly regional based firm, to earn the award since its inception in December 2002.

“Winning the 2006 Mustard Accounting Employer Choice Award is a tremendous accolade for all the people within the firm who have contributed so much in building a high performance culture with an appropriate work life balance. 

“It is particularly gratifying to win this award as a branch of a regional accounting firm. This is testament to our commitment to investing in the growth and development of our people throughout the firm,” said Kathy Kelly Partner BOYCE Cooma.

Mustard Group’s Accounting Employer of Choice award recognises and rewards firms, their leaders and managers for achieving the right balance between financial performance and employee relations. Mr Johnson said that the awards are not a popularity contest. 

“Firms must be top industry performers and demonstrate sustainable strategies aligned to their employee’s preferences before they’re even contemplated for the award. 

“BOYCE Cooma’s performance was exceptional. They achieved an extremely well balanced result across all 11 key drivers of the employment relationship, suggesting that as a firm they appeal to a very broad and selective talent pool”. 

Mr Johnson congratulated the firm’s partners on their commitment to constant, clear and consistent communication on the performance, direction, goals and objectives of the firm. He said that this has clearly contributed to a team charged with a great sense of purpose. 

Gabrielle McFarland, HR Manager for BOYCE Chartered Accountants said that it was very satisfying to win this prestigious award. 

“It is very difficult to exceed industry benchmarks in terms of human resources. The Partners of BOYCE Cooma have worked very hard to balance effective workplace policies and team leadership with the high level of service offered to clients. 

“This is something that is happening throughout all the BOYCE offices. There is a commitment firm-wide to investing in and developing our people”, said Ms McFarland.

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