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Melbourne, June 21 (ANI): Kayaks and massages, flu packs and subsidised canteens are just some of the reasons why software and IT companies are some of the best Australian workplaces, business magazine BRW has revealed.After researching 291 workplaces and 68,005 employees, BRW and the Great Place To Work Institute Australia announced Melbourne-based IT consultancy OBS as top of the 2012 BRW Best Places to Work list.NetApp and Google came in at number two and three, respectively.A combination of transparency, skill, pride and fun has seen OBS named among the nation's 10 most desirable workplaces each year since the BRW awards began in 2009."The point of being a great place to work is that you have to be able to produce that environment consistently. You can't just achieve a set of conditions and forget about it. You've got to be able to do it again and again," the Age quoted Andy Neumann, OBS managing director, as saying.Kate Mills, the editor of BRW, also commented on OBS being chosen as the best workplace in Australia."OBS has a high level of trust with employees, and a great team environment. Australia's best places to work offer everything from massages to gym memberships, days off for birthdays, a voice with management, flexible working hours and more. There is a lot to learn from how they do business," Mills said.2012s top 50 features more large, multinational companies than previously."Information technology companies have again dominated the top of our list. With competition for staff so fierce in this sector they have to ensure they go above and beyond to capture the best candidates," Mills said.Perks play a large part in determining the best places to work, although the overall levels of bonus superannuation, subsidised insurance and referral bonuses are down this year.Where new perks are being introduced, there is a trend towards those that directly address staff wellbeing.At Google for instance, physical health is addressed through things such as an annual sports carnival, onsite skin checks and flu shots and the purchase of several kayaks, so staff can paddle in Sydney Harbour at lunchtime. Financial advice is offered with in-house talks from planners and accountants, while there are also free meditation classes and stress counsellors.Philanthropic programs have become de rigeur for almost all the top 50. The importance of having a charitable volunteering program, which helps staff feel they are contributing more to the community than profits and dividends, is a common theme among those on the 2012 list.Of the 291 companies in this year's study, only three have a universal profit sharing scheme. BRW reveals that overall money doesn't influence whether staff love their job.RW's Top 5 best places to work in 2012 are:OBS (information technology)NetApp (data management)Google (information technology)E-Web Marketing ( IT/marketing)Altis Consulting (information technology) (ANI)
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