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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.”

  • Are wellbeing and employee productivity mutually exclusive?

    Wednesday, 18 September 2019

    As Sir Richard Branson famously said, “Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” That’s the kind of mindset that leaders and business owners must give focus if they want to see their workforce flourish and innovate.

    Think about it: treat them well, look after them - genuinely care - and they’ll do great things for themselves, and your business. It’s not just a nice position to be in, it’s fundamental for healthy, balanced and high-performing motivated people. 

    Look at Unilever, for over ten years their wellbeing framework has been a crucial part of their global corporate brand. It supports people in four key areas of wellbeing: physical, purposeful, mental and emotional. All aspects are important for overall wellbeing and all are equally relevant, regardless of what individuals' needs are, for forming an “environment that is supportive of employees’ personal lives, while meeting our business needs.” 

    The benefits of wellbeing on productivity

    The best wellbeing programmes support important short and long-term health and business benefits. You saw with Unilever that it’s all about structuring the programmes in a way that they highlight the focus areas, and then packaging them up so that all employees can see the relevance to them personally.

    But what does that mean for productivity? In the short term, you can expect to see healthier people. And healthy, balanced and purposeful people who feel safe, get stuff done. Not only through reduced illness and the resulting lower levels of sick leave, but through people being more motivated and more productive. 

    It’s the long-term benefits that shift the way you do business and provide a launch pad for a sustainable workforce. Boosts in new strategies, collaboration amongst teams and higher project completion rates lead to new initiatives and more wins. You’ll also be contributing to a reduction in cost for public healthcare, a natural derivative for workplace support of wellbeing.

    The motivational launch pad

    Your people are your greatest asset; if you help to improve and maintain their wellbeing, their day-to-day platform for potential will grow. New Zealand businesses are doing a good job of this and seeing positive results: employees are on-board with future plans and less resistant to change, and leaders are empowering their teams to step up and make a difference, plus actively supporting career choices. You want people in your team who want to be part of the bigger picture, and they’re actively searching for organisations that work this way. They believe in what you’re trying to achieve. These are people with purpose. And you support that purpose when you take care of their wellbeing.

    In energising that purpose you’re shaping focused, optimistic, and successful team players who feel empowered to own their roles, take calculated risks and drive the company forward. Sure, some risks won’t work out but at least overall contribution and the drive to perform better will result in meaningful decisions and greater resilience.

    Show your people, don’t tell them

    The employee-employer relationship is super special one, but it’s fragile. Showing employees that you care, that you have genuine concern for their wellbeing plays a pivotal role in keeping things humming. Besides being clear about the initiative in’s and out’s, the best way to do that is to make it personal: tell your stories, explain how you were supported, how management made wellbeing an initiative that benefited you. It’ll show employees that your talk isn’t just fluff, but that wellbeing is a real and important part of operating sustainably and productively.

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  • 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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