Premier Group International Named as New Zealand’s Best Workplace 2016

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Auckland, New Zealand - 04 Nov 2016: IBM Kenexa (NYSE:IBM), a global provider of business technology solutions and consulting services for human resources, has awarded Premier Group International the title of New Zealand’s Overall Best Workplace of 2016. Premier Group, a landscape and construction materials manufacturer and distributor, led the Small Workplace category (20-49 employees) and beat 49 other finalists to receive the top award in New Zealand’s longest running and largest measure of employee engagement. The awards, now in their 17th year, are based on employee perceptions of their workplace in a confidential online survey across key metrics including leadership, culture, recognition and engagement. It was Premier Group’s first time participating in the competition.

“Premier Group’s purpose ‘Deliver Happiness, Create Raving Fans, and Beautify Our World’ is central to everything that they do, and every business decision puts their people first,” says Emma Martin, Senior Consultant, IBM Kenexa New Zealand. “Their passion to express this purpose and tireless focus on happiness in the workplace makes them fitting recipients for this year’s Overall Best Workplace award.

“Congratulations to all category winners and finalists for their ongoing commitment to creating more engaged, productive and safer workplaces.”

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplace 2016 survey results showed increases in employee engagement with the most notable positive trends appearing in teamwork, rewards and recognition, and employers taking action in response to feedback. More employees reported a sense of belonging, common purpose, and cooperation compared to 2015, as well as being able to share their knowledge and ideas freely.

This year over 36,000 employees from 210 New Zealand organisations representing private and public sectors participated in the awards.

The Best Workplaces winners in each size category were:

  • Best Small Workplace: Premier Group International
  • Best Small-Medium Workplace: Pushpay Holdings Limited
  • Best Medium-Large Workplace: Mars New Zealand Ltd
  • Best Large Workplace: AA Insurance
  • Best Enterprise Workplace: VTNZ

Most Improved organisations in each size category were:

  • Most Improved Small Workplace: Bayswater Hyundai 
  • Most Improved Small-Medium Workplace: Auckland Hyundai
  • Most Improved Medium-Large Workplace: Harrison Grierson
  • Most Improved Large Workplace: Naylor Love Construction Limited
  • Most Improved Enterprise Workplace: Noel Leeming Group

Ten year league members:

  • Mars New Zealand Ltd
  • Overland Footwear
  • Flight Centre (NZ) Ltd

Five year league members:

  • Hilti New Zealand
  • Inspire Group
  • Hyundai Motors New Zealand
  • Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner
  • FUJIFILM NZ Limited
  • Brother International
  • Soltius NZ Limited
  • South Taranaki District Council
  • AA Insurance
  • FMG
  • Trade Me
  • Warehouse Stationery Limited

For more information on the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and a full list of the finalists, go to: Follow the conversation at #BestWorkNZ

About The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey is New Zealand’s largest and longest running study of workplace climate and employee engagement, and the definitive measure for ‘best employer’ and 'employer of choice' claims in the country. The annual programme identifies the best places to work in New Zealand as rated by their employees. The programme is proudly supported by Kiwibank, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) and AUT Business School.

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