Monday, June 17, 2024

The Great Realignment: Mars Wrigley realigns its recruitment process

Mars Wrigley Australia has flipped its recruitment and hiring process on its head, giving prospective employees the option to bring their loved ones into the interview process to ensure the company is the right fit for them.

The landmark change comes as Australia enters the ‘Great Realignment’, in which employees re-evaluate priorities of life and work post-pandemic. “This shift is supported in a national survey by the snacks and treats manufacturer which revealed almost half of Australians (47%) have declined a job offer, moved roles or left a job because it didn’t complement their family life and dynamic.”

The sentiment of Australians and the company’s own family values played a significant role in why Mars Wrigley Australia has added the step to its HR practices. “In a survey of 1000 working Australians, Mars Wrigley’s found that seven-in-10 Australians (74%) say they rely on their partner/spouse’s opinion when deciding to move jobs. When asked to list their considerations when looking for a new role, Aussies listed flexibility and workplace balance (77%) and location (57%) as most important.”

As a family owned and operated business, Mars Wrigley knows that what ‘family’ looks like is different to everyone. “However, it’s this ‘family’ that enables its people to bring their whole authentic self to work and creates a greater a sense of belonging.”

The ‘Loved One Interview’ will be rolled out via a virtual interview – where candidates will be asked whether they or their loved ones have any questions for the company to help support the flexibility they need to enjoy what is important to them. “The information provided will not impact the outcome of an application but is designed to ensure candidates feel confident that Mars Wrigley is the right fit for them and their loved ones.

“Questions such as how the values of the company will allow candidates the flexibility to care for their loved one or pet when they are unwell, or if parents will be home for school pick-up time are encouraged. The aim of the extra hiring step is also to highlight that ‘family values’ are important in every sense, rather than just for ‘traditional families’.”

Mars Wrigley’s P&O Director Katy Halliwell says: “As a family-owned business, Mars Wrigley celebrates bringing your whole authentic self to work. Family looks different to each person, but the one thing that is common is that our Associates need flexibility for the things that matter most to them in their life. While we have long been offering our Associates flexibility and a supportive, family-friendly environment, we’ve realised that this equally is important to our prospective Associates, and as such a crucial step in the hiring process.

“We want to provide employment opportunities that are fulfilling, yet flexible and aligned with the personal lives of each of our Associates– by opening up the interview process to loved ones we’re ensuring candidates have all the information they need when embarking on the next chapter of their career and life.”

The survey also unveiled a strong shift in the way Australians feel about work and career in 2022. The majority of respondents admitted their view on the importance of family (63%) and work (62%) has changed as a result of the pandemic.

Furthermore, majority of Australians (63%) admit to feeling guilty about their time spent at work away from their family and half (51%) of us admit to missing an important family event due to work.

Key barriers to moving for a role include the effect on the family unit (66%), distance from extended family and friends (51%) and impact it would have on their social life (29%).

The survey also went on to reveal that almost half of Australians (49%) are currently looking for a new job or have recently shifted into a new position in the last 12 months. This figure increases to almost two-thirds (58%) for the Millennial cohort.

As a major regional employer of almost 700 Associates, Mars Wrigley Australia works to attract talent to its roles through its commitment to lifelong career progression, formalised development plans, the ability to move between business units and markets, and industry competitive packages.

For more information, visit Mars Wrigley’s careers website.

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