Mars New Zealand Named as Country’s Best Workplace 2015


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Auckland, New Zealand - 06 Nov 2015: IBM Kenexa (NYSE:IBM) a global provider of business technology solutions for human resources, has awarded Mars New Zealand the title of New Zealand’s Overall Best Workplace of 2015. Mars, which has won the category for Best Medium-Large Workplace (150-399 employees) seven times since 2007, beat almost 200 organisations to receive this year’s top award in New Zealand’s longest running and largest measure of employee engagement. The awards, now in their 16th year, are based on employees’ ratings of their workplace in a confidential online survey across twelve key metrics including leadership, culture, recognition and engagement.

Leighton Abbot, Senior Consultant, IBM Smarter Workforce for New Zealand, congratulated Mars on their achievement which demonstrates on-going commitment to provide a great working environment for their staff.

“Mars New Zealand has been a leading light for organisations looking to improve performance through engaged people for many years now. With support ranging from a flexible, pet-friendly environment to world-class learning and development through ‘Mars University,’ Mars employees have what they need to do a great job,” says Abbot. “It is inspiring to see an organisation commit long-term to building and maintaining such a positive culture – they show us all what is possible.”

This year over 30,000 employees from 193 New Zealand organisations representing private and public sectors participated in the survey. 41 workplaces reached ‘finalist’ status across the five employee size categories: Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise.

Best Workplaces winners in each size category were:

  • Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (Best Small Workplace)
  • Hilti (Best Small-Medium Workplace)
  • Mars New Zealand (Best Medium-Large Workplace)
  • FMG (Best Large Workplace)
  • VTNZ (Best Enterprise Workplace)

Most Improved organisations in each size category were:

  • Motor Trade Association (Most Improved Small Workplace)
  • Careers New Zealand (Most Improved Small-Medium Workplace)
  • New Zealand King Salmon (Most Improved Medium Workplace)
  • AA Insurance (Most Improved Large Workplace)
  • 2degrees (Most Improved Enterprise Workplace)

Ten year league members:

  • Flight Centre (NZ)
  • Overland Footwear

Five year league members:

  • AA Insurance
  • ADInstruments
  • Brother International NZ
  • FMG
  • Hyundai Motors New Zealand
  • Mars New Zealand
  • Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner
  • Soltius New Zealand
  • South Taranaki District Council
  • Trade Me
  • 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. The programme is proudly supported by Kiwibank, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) and AUT Faculty of Business and Law.

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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