VTNZ named New Zealand’s 2014 Best Workplace

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Auckland, New Zealand - 24 Oct 2014: IBM Kenexa (NYSE:IBM) a global provider of business technology solutions for human resources, last night presented the award for New Zealand’s Overall Best Workplace of 2014 to Vehicle Testing New Zealand (VTNZ).

VTNZ beat 228 New Zealand organisations to receive this year’s top award as the best place to work in New Zealand. VTNZ also received the award for the Best Enterprise Workplace (750 or more employees). The awards were achieved based on the employees’ ratings in a confidential online survey. Their 750 plus employees graded their workplace and employer across twelve key categories including leadership, culture, recognition and engagement. The success this year follows VTNZ’s Most Improved Enterprise Workplace award in 2013.

Leighton Abbot, Senior Consultant, IBM Smarter Workforce for New Zealand, congratulated VTNZ on their continued success and on-going commitment to provide a great working environment for their staff. “VTNZ has demonstrated that through clear leadership and communication, staff will remain motivated and engaged through significant change. The review of vehicle testing and licensing requirements has stimulated innovation in their business, and the increased commitment that their people have to the company speaks volumes about how they have turned a challenge into an opportunity.”

This year over 32,000 employees from 228 New Zealand organisations representing private and public sectors participated in the survey. Forty two companies reached ‘finalist’ status across the five employee size categories: Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise. Three category winners received top place for the second year in a row.

Best Workplaces winners in each size category were: Hyundai Wairarapa – Eastwood Motor Group (Best Small Workplace), Giltrap Audi (Best Small-Medium Workplace), Mars New Zealand (Best Medium-Large Workplace), Overland Footwear (Best Large Workplace) and VTNZ (Best Enterprise Workplace). IBM also presented awards for the Most Improved organisations in each size category to CityLink, New Zealand Cricket, TSB Bank, Russell Group and Ballance Agri-Nutrients.

Overland Footwear, 2013’s overall winner, joined Flight Centre (NZ) in the Ten-Year League, the two organisations which have ranked consistently as a finalist in the survey year-on-year for ten or more years.

Eleven companies were recognised in the Five-Year League: AA Insurance, ADInstruments, Brother International NZ, FMG, Hyundai Motors New Zealand, Inspire Group, Maven International, Mars New Zealand, South Taranaki District Council, Trade Me and Warehouse Stationery.

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, development, recognition and employee engagement.

For more information on the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards and a full list of the finalists, go to:  www.bestworkplaces.co.nz

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IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces 2014 full list of winners:

Award Category Winner(s)

Overall Winner

Best Small Workplace
(20-49 employees)
Hyundai Wairarapa – Eastwood Motor Group
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)
Most Improved Small Workplace
(20-49 employees)
Most Improved Small-Medium Workplace
(50-149 employees)
New Zealand Cricket
Most Improved Medium-Large Workplace
(150-399 employees)
TSB Bank
Most Improved Large Workplace
(400-749 employees)
Russell Group
Most Improved Enterprise Workplace
(750+ employees)
Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Five-Year League Award
for consistently ranking as one of New Zealand's best workplaces

AA Insurance


Brother International NZ


Hyundai Motors New Zealand

Inspire Group

Maven International

Mars New Zealand

South Taranaki District Council

Trade Me

Warehouse Stationery

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

Flight Centre (NZ)

Overland Footwear


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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