Overland Footwear Named New Zealand’s Best Workplace for Second Consecutive Year

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Auckland, New Zealand - 31 Oct 2013: Kenexa, an IBM Company (NYSE:IBM) and global provider of business solutions for human resources, tonight presented the award for New Zealand’s Overall Best Workplace of 2013 to Overland Footwear.

The retailer scooped this year’s top award, along with the Best Large Workplace accolade for 2013, after employees were invited to confidentially rate the culture and climate of their workplace.  The organisation also held its position in Kenexa’s Five-Year league after ranking as one of New Zealand’s best workplaces for the ninth year in a row.

Sanchia Yonge, IBM’s GM Smarter Workforce for Australia and New Zealand, said Overland Footwear was the first organisation in the award’s history to win in two consecutive years.

“Overland is a standout winner and their consistent appearance in the awards demonstrates the importance its leadership places on attracting and retaining passionate employees with a sense of style that aligns with the values of the business,” said Ms Yonge.  

Over 240 organisations took part in this year’s Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey, with close to 39,000 employees rating their workplaces.   

“New Zealand employers are placing increasing importance on creating a Smarter Workforce – one that is collaborative, communicative and innovative - to improve business performance. Companies are recognising that high levels of engagement amongst employees can have a dramatic impact on their bottom line and paint the future success of the business,” said Ms Yonge.

Best Workplaces winners in each size category were; Kellogg Company NZ (Best Small Workplace), Giltrap Audi (Best Small-Medium Workplace), Mars New Zealand (Best Medium-Large Workplace) and Warehouse Stationery - the inaugural recipient of the Best Enterprise Workplace award.   Kenexa also presented awards for the Most Improved organisations in each size category to Student Job Search Aotearoa, Living Cell Technologies, Leading Edge Communications (NZ) and FMG. VTNZ became the first recipient in the new Most Improved Enterprise category. Flight Centre (NZ) remains the sole member of the Ten-Year League, as only organisation to have ranked consistently as a finalist in the survey year-on-year for more than ten years.

Kenexa’s Best Workplaces Survey is New Zealand’s largest annual workplace climate-employee engagement survey.  Winners that have deservedly earned the right to claim “New Zealand’s Best Workplace,” will enjoy a boost to their employment brands over the coming year, improving their ability to attract and retain top talent - a key factor in ensuring they are on track to building a Smarter Workforce.


For more information on the Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards, go to:  www.bestworkplaces.co.nz

Full list of Winners - Kenexa Best Workplaces 2013:

Award Category


Overall Winner

Overland Footwear

Best Small Workplace
(20-49 employees)

Kellogg Company NZ

Best Small-Medium Workplace
(50-149 employees)

Giltrap Audi

Best Medium-Large Workplace
(150-399 employees)

Mars New Zealand

Best Large Workplace
(400-749 employees)

Overland Footwear

Best Enterprise Workplace Category
(750+ employees)

Warehouse Stationery

Most Improved Small Workplace
(20-49 employees)

Student Job Search Aotearoa

Most Improved Small-Medium Workplace
(50-149 employees)

Living Cell Technologies

Most Improved Medium-Large Workplace
(150-399 employees)

Leading Edge Communications (NZ)

Most Improved Large Workplace
(400-749 employees)


Most Improved Enterprise Workplace
(750+ employees)


Five-Year League Award
for consistently ranking as one of New Zealand's best workplaces


AA Insurance
Hyundai Motors New Zealand
Inspire Group
Mars New Zealand
Maven International
Overland Footwear
South Taranaki District Council
Southern Cross Health Society
Trade Me

Ten-Year League Award
for consistently ranking as one of New Zealand's best workplaces

Flight Centre (NZ)


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