We recognise that our most important assets are our people. The experience, skills and views of our people facilitate the delivery of a wide variety of services to our clients across the globe.
Our focus is on attracting, engaging, developing and retaining talented individuals, providing opportunities for career-long learning and development and providing safe workplaces within an inclusive culture that values diversity.
Macquarie strives to create an environment where continuous learning is part of an employee’s career development and recognises the benefits to the individual and the wider organisation of such investment. We invest in employee development by providing learning opportunities that meet the needs of our diverse talent base and build the skills and behaviours required for long-term organisational success. In addition to Macquarie-delivered programs, many staff benefit from sponsored education and can pursue career development opportunities at independent institutions such as business schools and through professional bodies.
We invest significant time and effort in the employee onboarding and orientation process, with a series of learning and development activities (including events hosted by the CEO) designed to communicate and embed the Macquarie culture at the earliest possible stage. This includes an emphasis on communicating our Code of conduct and What We Stand For principles and reinforcing the ongoing importance of effective risk management and behaviours across all Macquarie businesses and regions.
Alongside the structured learning and development curriculum, we recognise and encourage the developmental benefits of wider community engagement by staff. Involvement of staff in this through the Macquarie Group Foundation and other channels is widely communicated and encouraged.
Regular appraisals, including goal setting and ongoing career development, are a key part of performance measurement and support Macquarie's merit based culture. As well as encouraging regular and ongoing feedback with managers, we require all staff to have at least one formal appraisal discussion with their manager. During these appraisals, staff are encouraged to raise, discuss and respond to matters relating to training, further education and development of leadership capabilities. A Group-wide performance management system is used to document all performance and development related discussions. Customised online and classroom training is also available to all managers and staff to ensure they get the support needed to complete these activities effectively.
We support our people to realise their full potential, we encourage innovation and we reward achievement within a framework of personal responsibility. Our ongoing commitment to our people ensures we remain innovative, sustainable and continue to meet the evolving needs of our clients. Through the Macquarie Group Foundation we actively support our staff in pursuing their own community interests and encourage involvement at a grass-roots level.