Employer Support Awards - Profile Jun 2017

Executive Risk Solutions wins Employer Award

Executive Risk Solutions (ERS) has taken out the Medium Business category at the prestigious Defence Reserves Support Council National Employer Support Awards held at the Australian War Memorial last month.

Held annually, the aim of the Awards night is to recognise employers who ‘go above and beyond’ to support Australian Defence Force Reservist employees.

Executive Risk Solutions wins Employer Award
L-R National Chair Defence Reserves Support Council, Ms Jane McAloon; CEO ERS, Mr Scott Houston; Major Daniel Wright; and Minister for Defence Personnel, The Hon Dan Tehan MP

ERS employee and Army Reservist Major Daniel Wright said he nominated his employer for their ongoing support in releasing him for military duty.

"They support me in a variety of ways including early release on parade nights, early release on Fridays for weekend Defence activities and late starts on Monday following Army weekends," MAJ Wright said.

"It's an honour and a privilege to work for such a supportive employer."

ERS has supported Reservists since the company's inception in 2008. Since growing its staff base in 2012, they have maintained a Reserve workforce of at least five percent.

"Executive Risk Solutions has allowed its Reservists to attend an unlimited amount of Reserve activities in any year, and its policies ensure that Reservists benefit financially, as their annual leave remains unaffected and all Reserve leave is taken at full pay," said ERS Chief Executive Officer Sam Houston.

"We also have a family support program, whereby all Reserve employees are allocated a welfare team who maintain contact with them and their family throughout the year, whether or not the Reservist is away or deployed."

ERS is a veteran owned business, and a significant supporter of Defence personnel, with more than 45 percent of the workforce having military ties or previous Defence Force experience. The company actively recruits Reservists.

Head Reserve and Youth Division, Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer congratulated Executive Risk Solutions and thanked all employers throughout Australia who support their Defence Reservist employees.

"The Employer Support Awards acknowledge the contributions made by employers of Reservists at Regional, State and National level," RADM Kafer said.

"Every day, employers throughout the nation support Defence Force Reservists through a range of flexible working arrangements and policies. The support provided is not only valued by the Reservist, but more broadly the entire Australian Defence Force."

RADM Kafer said there was no doubt Australian business and industry stand to gain a lot from employing and supporting Defence Reservists as experienced by the National Award winners and many other supportive employers.

"Reservists acquire a wide range of skills, qualities and experience through their Defence training. In many cases these are qualities and skill that they take back to the workplace," he said.

"Anyone who employs a Defence Reservist has a valuable member on their team, an employee whose training and service ethic drives performance and effectiveness in the workplace."

Employing a Reservist makes good business sense. As well as the personal attributes Reservists bring to a workplace, there is a range of incentives on offer for support to employers.

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