Investing in our greatest asset – our people

For John Paul Janke and Brian O’Rourke – co owners of Rork Projects – the recent national conference was more than a great opportunity for employees to get together, to catch up or socialise.

“It’s a strong investment in our greatest asset – our people – and helps us to create a team that is trustworthy, high-energy and productive,” Brian noted.

“Our company values to be safe, responsible, collaborative and thoughtful shape the way we work and we’re committed to developing and supporting a high-performance culture built on respect.”

“Respect for our purpose and for the part every employee plays in impacting, enabling and supporting the achievement of that purpose,” Brian concluded.

Every year, Rork Projects assembles all employees from its four offices for a 2-day national conference for a mix of planning, networking and strategic thinking.

It’s a gathering that takes considerable planning and juggling work around current projects and deadlines but one that they believe is essential in cementing their national brand.

For this year’s conference, Rork Projects employees from the Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane Offices recently gathered at Couran Cove Island Resort on Minjerribah (South Stradbroke) on the traditional lands of Quandamooka and the Kombamerri people.

Its open spaces and layout ensured employees were able to interact outside of hotel rooms and conference rooms – all of which facilitated greater interaction.

The team also participated in an Indigenous trail and bike ride around the island as well as an Adventure Quest organised by Total Team Building.

“Couran Cove provided a great opportunity for us to improve moral, employee interaction and also drive a collegiate sense of loyalty,” John noted.

“Being a great place to work is a big deal for us – we want employees to feel supported personally and professionally.”

“Rork Projects recognises our people are our greatest competitive advantage and it is through their behaviours, based on Rork values and principles, that we can achieve the very best,” he concluded.

HR Manager Bade Mathialagan noted the national gathering is part of Rork Projects’ commitment to keeping employees engaged and supported.

“At Rork we strive to enable employees find a balance between work and family with incentives for innovation, helping us to attract people who are the right fit and outstanding performers who enjoy what they do.”

“When our team is most creative and productive – that benefits not only Rork Projects but also out clients,” she concluded.

Rork Projects is looking for enthusiastic and experienced professionals to join our growing company. If you want to be a part of our success story, we’re interested in hearing from you.

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