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Our people are truly at the heart of what we do. We take employee engagement and nurturing workplace culture seriously and we know our people are more than employees.

Like many organisations, we regularly undertake engagement surveys and report their results. We informally and regularly talk to our employees and ask ‘what matters to you most?’

In listening to our people we know that increasingly, for a large segment of our people, providing flexible working arrangements to support the complexity of our lives is very important. We appreciate and celebrate the diversity of family life.

That’s why we’ve just announced the launch of Scope Global’s paid parental leave policy with entitlements in the form of leave, pay and superannuation for both the primary and secondary carer. We’ve also implemented a paid domestic violence leave policy.

We will be listening and learning to continue to improve and provide a foundation for best practice for our employees regardless of their home situation and wherever they are as part of the Scope Global family.

These initiatives are another step in our goal to ensure that Scope Global delivers on its promise to our people to be a great place to work. Given that Scope Global’s purpose is ‘enabling people to positively change their world’, we recognise that for this to genuinely be realised, we must start with our own people.

We like to learn from others, so if your organisation is also improving your engagement and workplace culture, we’d love to hear from you. We’d like to collaborate and share so that together we can all do our part to make all workplaces supportive of all our families.

 

Staff member profile

Rod Sollesta
Deputy Team Leader, Australia Awards South and West Asia

Scope Global employee Rod Sollesta
 
 

What are the main tasks involved in your current role?
I oversee the Australia Awards South and West Asia scholarships (including on-award), alumni and short-term activities. I also manage the Regional Hub Team located in Sri Lanka and Adelaide, and assist the Team Leader to deliver a high-quality program.

Is this your first role at Scope Global? If not, what other roles have you done here?
I started as Country Program Manager for Bangladesh/concurrent Scholarships Manager for Australia Awards South and West Asia in 2015. I moved to my current role in 2017.

What do you like most about working at Scope Global?
The supportive working culture and focus on people.

Which of our values do you identify with most, and why?
High performance. We celebrate high performance and provide the enabling environment for it to happen.

What is your favourite memory of working at Scope Global?
When Scope Global teams get together. Australia Awards South and West Asia has teams across seven countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Australia). While technology has ‘erased’ borders and time zones, nothing replaces face-to-face interactions with people you work with.

What are your interests/passions?
Anything quantitative (math and economics, for example!) I am also into photography and marathon running. I’m passionate about leadership development and change management.