Finalists for New Zealand’s best places to work announced

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Auckland - 23 Sep 2014: IBM Kenexa (NYSE: IBM), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced the finalists of its annual Best Workplaces Survey and Awards. This year over 32,000 employees from 228 New Zealand organisations representing the private and public sectors participated in the survey. Forty two companies reached the finalist status across the five employee size categories: Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise.

The 2014 finalists represent a broad spectrum of New Zealand industries from construction to IT, travel to consumer goods, and many more. Eighty percent of this year's finalists also achieved finalist status in 2013, demonstrating the increasing and continued importance New Zealand employers are placing on engaging their employees

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards is New Zealand’s largest and longest running study of workplace climate and employee engagement. The annual programme identifies the best places to work in New Zealand as rated by their employees. Employees grade their workplace and employers across key categories including leadership, culture, recognition and engagement.

Analysing the data received via the survey provides business leaders with key insights about their organisations from their most valuable assets: their people. The insights identify the characteristics that make their workplace great places to work, as well as areas to improve in order to increase engagement levels. Organisations also gain a more accurate view of what is needed to retain critical talent.

“I would like to congratulate all the finalists for 2014 and acknowledge their passion and commitment to ensuring their organisation is a great place to work," said Leighton Abbot, Senior Consultant, IBM Smarter Workforce for New Zealand. “The strong level of participation in the Best Workplaces programme demonstrates the importance that New Zealand business leaders place on engaging their employees. The insights each of the organisations will receive from the survey will help them better define the things of most importance to their employees and ultimately improve business outcomes through engagement."

The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 23 October in Auckland.

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards are delivered as part of IBM’s Smarter Workforce initiative, which helps organisations apply proven behavioural science, statistical analysis and psychological principles to improve employee engagement and organisational performance.

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Finalists in the Small Workplace (20-49 employees) category are:

Hairy Lemon Web Solutions; Hilti; Hyundai Motors New Zealand; Hyundai Wairarapa – Eastwood Motor Group; Inspire Group; Maven International; McVerry Crawford Hyundai; Milford Asset Management; Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner; Redvespa Consultants

Finalists in the Small-Medium Workplace (50-149 employees) category are:

ADInstruments; Brother International NZ; Buildtech Holdings; ClearPoint; Credit Union Baywide - Trading as NZCU Baywide; FUJIFILM NZ; Giltrap Audi; Giltrap Motors; Miles Toyota and ILAM Toyota; MRC Transmark; New Zealand Rugby; Provoke; Soltius New Zealand; Sport Northland; Yealands Wine Group

Finalists in the Medium-Large Workplace (150-399 employees) category are:

Bay Audiology; Colliers International New Zealand; Cristal Air International t/a HRV; FCB New Zealand; Leading Edge Communications NZ; Mars New Zealand; MOVE Logistics; Rothbury Group; Smith and Smith; South Taranaki District Council; Trade Me

Finalists in the Large Workplace (400-749 employees) category are:

AA Insurance; FMG; Overland Footwear

Finalists in the Enterprise Workplace (750 or more employees) category are:

Flight Centre (NZ); VTNZ; Warehouse Stationery


About The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey is New Zealand’s largest annual workplace climate-employee engagement survey and the definitive measure for ‘best employer’ and 'employer of choice' claims in the country. For 2014, the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards is proudly supported by Kiwibank, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA), AUT Business School, and The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. For 15 years Best Workplaces has been valued by business and CEOs throughout New Zealand, providing them with information to assist them in building great workplaces and enhancing their customer service delivery.

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