Tassal, Australia’s largest aquaculture company, was recently named a Tasmanian Employer of Choice for 2012.

The company was recognised alongside 13 other Tasmanian businesses and organisations by the Minister for Economic Development, David O’Byrne.

Tassal managing director and chief executive officer Mark Ryan said he was delighted that the company had achieved this success.

“The award criteria is linked to people-based initiatives and programs that demonstrate an organisation is committed to its people and recognises their significant contribution to the organisation’s success,” he said.

“The judging panel also assesses career development pathways, leadership, communication and encouragement of innovation.”

“Importantly, panel representatives interview employees directly.”

Mr Ryan thanked “each and every member of the Tassal team”.

“Awards like this can only be achieved because we have a collective group of people that share the company’s vision,” he said.

“We are an amazing group of dedicated people that will continue to work towards our objectives, learn, evolve and hopefully have some fun along the way.”

Mr O’Byrne said it was encouraging that so many Tasmanian businesses were building their capacity to attract and retain skilled staff by creating great workplaces.

“The standard of entries for the Employer of Choice awards this year was extremely high and as a result we have been able to recognise 14 great workplaces, which is an excellent outcome,” he said.

“Employers of Choice understand that a great place to work offers challenging, rewarding careers and also supports employees to enjoy a balanced lifestyle.

“Employers of Choice have lower levels of staff turnover and absenteeism, higher levels of productivity, are profitable and successful and, because of their reputation, receive unsolicited applications from highly skilled people.”

The total number of Employers of Choice in Tasmania is now 43.  These organisations employ about 9300 people.