kikki.K has been named one of Australia’s best places to work 2012 in a study compiled by the Great Place to Work Institute.
The Swedish design brand and retailer made the list – which researched close to 300 businesses – for its unique rewards and incentives, and its focus on an enriching work environment.
It is one of only a handful of retailers on the 2012 list.
 “We’ve always wanted to be a place that great people are desperate to work at,” says founder Kristina Karlsson. “If you have the best people working for you, you get the best results and that’s what we strive for every day. It’s an honour to be recognised as one of Australia’s best places to work in 2012.”
The honour is confirmed by the amount of applications the company receives. In the last 12 months 15,000 job applications were submitted.
“Our people and our people’s talent are absolutely everything,” says CEO Paul Lacy. “We do have products, systems and processes, but really the expertise lies in the people.
“We’re a family business and we like treating our team members as part of the family.”
Employee incentives include a three-month supply of nappies for staff with newborns, a paid day of birthday leave and subsidising travel costs to Sweden – which inspires kikki.K’s product design.
The brand has grown from a store in Melbourne to shops across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, and a worldwide online store.