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  • Here at Milford, we’ve moved from being focused on employee engagement, to how we can get everyone involved in continuously improving our business. We aren’t concerned with just “how do you feel” - we’re actually getting to the underlying information that helps to strategically steer the organisation.

    “When you make it everyone's job to drive the business forward, you get more a more involved and fulfilled team. That’s what we’ve realised since using AskYourTeam.”

    Across the energy sector, there’s been a cultural shift over the last decade. At Contact Energy, that meant an overhaul of processes and leadership around health and safety. The result? A huge change in organisational culture.

    “Our people are more empowered to make their own decisions, and assess risk - without the fear of blame or judgement if things go wrong.”

    “AskYourTeam allowed Oil Intel to easily distinguish what areas employees felt needed to be improved.

    AskYourTeam enabled us to pinpoint those areas that were most important to our people”

    Read how Smith&Smith achieved better productivity and business performance by taking the guesswork out of leadership.

    “As a leader I don’t guess anymore. I know exactly what to focus on to get the biggest improvements out of my team.”

    Read how Swanndri built a more collaborative workplace and accelerated their growth curve with AskYourTeam.

    “It allows for everyone to have an equal voice, not just management or the vocal few.”

    Learn how the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce built a culture of continuous improvement with AskYourTeam.

    “It reinforces that continuous improvement is a really important part of any business.”

    Find out how Pipfruit NZ built a more confident and connected membership with AskYourTeam.

    “I haven’t found any other system that offers a more comprehensive methodology to survey our members.”

  • 5 Tips for Transitioning from an Engagement Survey to AskYourTeam

    Tuesday, 20 June 2017

    In the years before adopting AskYourTeam, we’d been heavily focused on employee engagement at Smith&Smith.

    While we saw improvements in engagement levels early on, progress had stalled. We wanted to move to something much more outcome-driven; something that tied back to our business strategy. AskYourTeam definitely delivered that.

    AskYourTeam is much broader in scope to engagement surveys. It’s self-managed by leaders, and it asks employees to contribute their knowledge and to participate in the solutions. That’s all quite a significant departure from what we’d been doing before, so we put a lot of thought into readying the business for the change. With the help of AskYourTeam’s support team, our transition was positive and straightforward.

    Here’s what worked for us:

    1. Anchor the change message to your business strategy

    What are you trying to achieve, and why will AskYourTeam do the job better than what it’s replacing? You’ll need to clearly articulate the engagement vs broader business performance case. Here’s a great overview.

    2. Get the executive team on board first

    As soon as possible, show the executive team specifically how AskYourTeam will benefit them. Your leaders will find AskYourTeam much easier to use than a typical engagement survey, so it’s tempting to wow them with the details of the mechanics at this stage. But now’s the time to focus on the why, rather than the how. Keep the messages high-level without getting distracted by the micro-details of how the system works.

    3. Let the results speak for themselves

    We began rolling out results to leaders in the two weeks following the first survey close date. We spent a little time on the background of why we’d shifted to AskYourTeam, but focused much more on their team’s results and insights. Our leaders were excited about how they could use the insights to drive improvements, and were quickly sold on the new system.

    4. Provide leaders with self-sufficiency early

    We didn’t want to be the gatekeeper, which HR typically can be with these things. The great thing about AskYourTeam is that you can hand over the reins to leaders straight away. We gave our leaders access to AskYourTeam, supported them with the resources they needed to run their own surveys and retests, and buddied them together to take the survey insights back to their respective teams.

    5. Balance self-sufficiency with an organisational perspective

    While leaders manage the surveys for their own teams, our People and Leadership team took responsibility for establishing an organisational perspective. We ensured that success was communicated across the business: Progress, opportunities and celebrations identified from our AskYourTeam results are frequently woven into the MD’s business-wide communications.

    Within weeks of our first survey, our leaders and our people knew exactly what we were aiming for as a business, and how they lined up to that. Follow these steps and I’m confident you’ll have as easy a transition as we did at Smith&Smith. 

    To find out more, download Smith&Smith eBook here.


  • Deloitte: Global Human Capital Trends 2019 Report

    An intensifying combination of economic, social, and political issues is forcing HR and business leaders to learn to lead the social enterprise - and reinvent their organizations around a human focus.

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    Diversity & Inclusion: Anonymity key to overcoming unconscious bias

    Diversity and inclusion are priorities for every HR pro today, but too often we shy away from conversations about the biggest barrier to creating more inclusive organisations - unconscious bias.

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    Deloitte: Global Human Capital Trends 2017 Report

    Deloitte’s 2017 Human Capital Trends survey of leaders from around the world identifies the critical trends shaping the HR agenda.

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    Becoming Irresistible: A New Model for Employee Engagement 

    Josh Bersin, Principal with Deloitte Consulting, on why the traditional employee engagement survey - devoid of modern, actionable solutions - has passed its used-by date. 

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    AskYourTeam for Business

    We analysed the world’s top leadership models to understand what the most successful businesses have in common. Then we built an independently-verified system to help you get to the heart of how your business is doing in each of these make-or-break areas. Find out how AskYourTeam generates breakthroughs in business performance.

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    AskYourTeam for the Public Sector

    We’ve created a system especially for public sector organisations that assesses performance against the Performance Improvement Framework (PIF) and Leadership Success Profile (LSP) models. Find out how you can take your organisation from good to great with AskYourTeam for the Public Sector. 

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    AskYourTeam for Membership Organisations 

    No matter the industry or the size, all membership organisations face similar challenges around growth, retention, and nurturing active involvement from their members. Find out how you can create a voice for your members with AskYourTeam for Membership Organisations. 


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    AskYourTeam for Local Government

    In consultation with EquiP, we've developed a system especially for New Zealand’s Local Government sector. AskYourTeam for Local Government optimises the underpinning processes of the Local Government Excellence Programme. Download the ebook to find out how AskYourTeam can transform your council.

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