When comparing super funds, most businesses want to find the best retirement option for their employees, as well as ensure that a funds’ values align with their own. Read Programmed’s story and hear why it chose AustralianSuper as its default superannuation provider.
Choosing a super fund that’s right for your business is an important decision, particularly when you’re Australia’s largest staffing, maintenance and facility management services provider.
At its core, Programmed is a business that knows how to recruit and develop people – with more than 1,000 trainees and apprentices among its workforce, and up to 25,000 people working for the company each day. It places the right person with the right skills for many different services, deployed across thousands of customer sites.
Describing Programmed’s operations as diverse is an understatement. Here are just a few of the services it provides:
- Professional and skilled workforce staffing
- Electrical servicing and industrial maintenance
- Training and education
- Property and facility management.
Operating for almost 70 years, Programmed has 100 offices in Australia and New Zealand.
‘The services we provide integrate so seamlessly with our clients’ businesses, that most people are simply unaware of our existence’, says Kate Sossi, Group Manager Communications & Marketing. ‘We’re the people behind the brands.’
A belief in core values which unite
From Rottnest Island to the MCG, to the iron ore mines of the Pilbara, to universities Australia wide, Programmed people are everywhere, doing everything from picking and packing on the factory floor, to installing high-tech sports stadium lighting, painting buildings and mowing lawns. ‘When people ask what Programmed does, I sometimes think it might easier to list the services we don’t offer’, says Sossi with a grin.
With such a diverse focus, strong organisational culture is very important at Programmed. As such, it champions 4 core values among its people: Personal safety leadership, care and empathy, a focus on customer service, diversity, inclusion and equality.
Sutherland says, ‘Our employees embrace these values wholeheartedly. They know the right thing to do, and make good decisions as a result.’
How Programmed chose AustralianSuper as its default super fund
To get the best retirement results for its employees, Programmed compared super funds on 5 key criteria:
- Fees and returns to members
- How AustralianSuper compares to other super funds
- Insurance offers
- Member communications
- Clearing houses to pay super –QuickSuper
‘AustralianSuper was superior in every category assessed’, noted Sossi. ‘The size of the fund, the quality of the people we met, and the fund’s performance against our criteria made them the obvious choice to be our default provider.’
Shared values – gender equality and a commitment to diversity
An alignment in values, specifically a commitment to diversity, has served to strengthen the relationship between Programmed and its super fund of choice. For example, Sutherland and AustralianSuper CEO, Ian Silk, are both Male Champions of Change, and committed to improving women’s representation in leadership positions.
‘A diverse leadership team and organisation lead to better decision-making and a better overall business’, Sossi says. ‘We want to make sure our team is as diverse as the customers we serve; as diverse as society itself.’
Learn how AustralianSuper is helping to financially empower women, so they can be better set up for retirement.
AustralianSuper is a top-performing fund
AustralianSuper is the number 1 performing super fund over 5, 10 and 15 years*. We use our scale and global reach to invest for members like no other fund can1.
When you chose a fund for your employees there are 3 key factors to consider:
- Strong, long-term performance
- Significant net benefit,
- and fees and changes.
For more information about out how AustralianSuper can support your business contact the business advice team.
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