Finalists for New Zealand’s Best Workplaces Awards 2016 Announced

Best workplaces demonstrate teamwork, recognition and continuous listening

Auckland, New Zealand - 23 Sep 2016: IBM Kenexa (NYSE: IBM) today announced the finalists of its annual Best Workplaces Survey and Awards, New Zealand’s largest and longest running study of workplace climate and employee engagement. Over 36,000 employees from 210 New Zealand organisations in the private and public sectors participated, including 29 new organisations this year. Fifty workplaces reached finalist status based on their results in the survey across five categories: Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise. The 2016 finalists represent a broad spectrum of New Zealand industries from government to retail, tourism and professional services to consumer goods. Nearly two-thirds of this year's finalists also achieved finalist status in 2015, demonstrating the ongoing commitment made by New Zealand’s best workplaces to engage their employees.

The 2016 survey results showed that workforce engagement increased across all size categories, with large organisations (400-750 employees) showing the biggest lift, registering an improvement in 97% of survey questions. Employees are reporting more effective teamwork, and nine out of ten respondents agree that people cooperate to get the job done. Perceptions of reward and recognition have also increased, with significantly more employees agreeing that their workplace rewards outstanding performance, that pay and benefits are fair, and that successes are celebrated.

“Increasing adoption of social tools in the workplace can enable employees to share their knowledge and ideas more easily than before, resulting in better collaboration,” says Emma Martin, Senior Consultant, IBM Kenexa New Zealand. “The best employers, particularly those in large organisations, are also recognising their people in a variety of ways, which is encouraging to see and makes good business sense in a tight labour market.”

Another important trend is the increase in employees’ perceptions that their workplaces are taking action as a result of Best Workplaces surveys, an area showing a four percent increase in score. “As organisations adopt continuous listening strategies, the conversation between organisations and their employees is ongoing. It’ll become increasingly important to continue to close the feedback loop by responding with meaningful action, and the results show that organisations are indeed taking this on board,” says Ms Martin.

Analysing survey data provides business leaders with key insights about their organisations from their most valuable assets: their people. The insights identify the characteristics that make their organisation a great place to work, as well as areas to improve in order to increase engagement levels and gain a more accurate view of what is needed to retain critical talent, and benchmark their performance against other similar organisations.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 3 November in Auckland.

Follow the conversation online at #BestWorkNZ.

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

  • Au Pair Link Limited
  • Bayswater Hyundai
  • Electricity Gas Complaints Commissioner Office
  • Hyundai Mid & South Canterbury
  • Hyundai Motors NZ Ltd
  • Hyundai Wairarapa
  • Ingham Hyundai
  • Inspire Group Ltd
  • International Volunteer HQ
  • Milford Asset Management
  • Naveya and Sloane
  • Premier Group NZ Ltd
  • Starnow
  • TRA
  • The Wrigley Company (NZ) Limited

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

  • Brother International (NZ) Ltd
  • FUJIFILM NZ Limited
  • Hilti (New Zealand) Ltd
  • Manawatu Toyota
  • Masterpet Corporation
  • Medical Council of New Zealand
  • Miles Toyota
  • New Zealand Rugby
  • NZCU Baywide
  • Pushpay Holdings Limited
  • Russell Gordon Contracting
  • Solomon Group
  • Soltius New Zealand Ltd
  • Studio of Pacific Architecture
  • William Buck Christmas Gouwland Limited

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

  • Auckland Motorway Alliance
  • Bay Audiology
  • Boffa Miskell Ltd
  • Colliers International New Zealand Ltd
  • Comvita NZ Ltd
  • Mars New Zealand Ltd
  • Rothbury Group
  • South Taranaki District Council
  • Toyota New Zealand Ltd

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

  • AA Insurance Ltd
  • FMG
  • Meridian Energy
  • Overland Footwear
  • Southern Cross Health Society
  • Trade Me Ltd

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

  • Flight Centre (NZ) Ltd
  • The Warehouse
  • Vehicle Testing New Zealand Ltd
  • 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 17 years Best Workplaces has been valued by organisations and CEOs throughout New Zealand, providing the information to assist them in building great workplaces, reducing employee churn and increasing customer satisfaction. The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards are proudly supported by Kiwibank, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) and AUT Business School.

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