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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.”
Workplace culture starts with involvement
Productivity grows out of involvement. If you want to build a more productive workplace culture, involve your people more meaningfully in your business.
How do we get balance in all respects?
How to get more women into senior roles? How to better celebrate the achievements of women? How to balance the demands of family and career? Jen McKay discusses how do we get a better balance in all respects.
Collaborative teams are units that bring together individuals with unique, disparate skill sets for a defined goal. Jude Manuel discusses how best to facilitate collaboration in an agile world.
How #MeToo has changed HR forever
The impact of the #MeToo movement has been far-reaching. What started as a campaign to build a conversation around sexual violence has gone on to permeate many aspects of our culture.
Beating the bullies
New Zealand has a shameful history of workplace bullying but there’s a growing movement among workplace culture experts to stamp it out. AskYourTeam CEO Chris O’Reilly investigates.
Today’s businesses are moving on from engagement, focusing instead on their employees’ experience of work and tapping into what they think, says Jude Manuel.
Checking the pulse
A new breed of digital HR tools in creating a people-led business revolution and providing a content read on the HR health of an organisation.
What is this thing called workplace empowerment?
When a person is genuinely empowered in their job and involved in their organisation, they will become highly engaged, productive, loyal and keen to share their ideas and talk about what they do with colleagues by default.
Attraction and retention of millennials through learning and CSR
Business success depends on having an effective career development strategy in place, but what role does workplace learning,and CSR play in the attraction and retention of millennial?
Creating a culture that inspires employee loyalty
Helping senior leaders to understand that they are an integral part in inspiring employee loyalty enables them to acknowledge the value of other people’s ideas and input.
From talent to team: HR’s generational change
Talent is no longer regarded as a raw material in the economic equation to be retained for the productive working life of a human, but something to tap into according to the changing needs of the organisation at any moment.
Are you implementing a culture of empowerment in your organisation?
Genuine cultures of empowerment can only come about when leaders realise that empowerment isn't an act of benevolence toward those lower down the pecking order than them.
How to make Continuous Performance Management work?
Performance appraisals are widely unpopular with both staff and managers. People are now querying whether annual performance reviews and ratings are best serving the needs of organisations and individuals.
A time to reflect, redefine and upskill
In an age of disruption and transformation, career transitions are the norm. Equipping people with the skills to move on will differentiate an organisation in the eyes of those who remain.
The dictator is dead. Killed by technology.
The industrial age command and control leadership is dead. It was killed by digital technology that allows people throughout an organisation to have their say in how it should be run.
Anonymity key to overcoming unconscious bias
Unconscious bias is the great unsolved problem of modern HR and one of the intractable barriers to building a truly diverse organisation. Almost all people hold subtle biases based on gender, ethnic and other differences and we are surprisingly powerless to do much about it.
Digital tools create a people-led business revolution
In the past decade, the operations side of business has been revolutionised by digital connectivity. Now the smart businesses in every industry are looking for the next advantage by redesigning their organisations using a new class of digital tools and analytics driven data.
Wisdom from Women -New Zealand women leaders on leadership
What makes a great leader? Watch four inspirational New Zealand female leaders sharing their views and thoughts on the topic this International Women’s Day.
Building workplace cultures where unsafe behaviour is not tolerated
The consequences of allowing bullying to survive in a workplace culture can be profound. From mental health issues to lost productivity and talent retention problems, bullying has the potential to undermine an organisation and cause serious harm to its members
Why the future belongs to HR
There has been a seismic shift from management by engagement to leadership by involvement that is changing the way we think about everything from the war for talent to how we build organisational culture.
Strengths and Weaknesses of New Zealand Leaders
Powerful new benchmarking insights have been made available for the first time from leadership survey AskYourTeam into the strengths and weaknesses of Kiwi leadership.
5 Tips for Transitioning from an Engagement Survey to AskYourTeam
After years of using a traditional engagement survey, Smith&Smith made the transition to AskYourTeam. Pati Bloor, Smith&Smith's People and Leadership Director, shares her top five tips for a successful transition.
AskYourTeam: A System Your Leaders Will Love
Throughout my years as an organisational development specialist, I've noticed leaders are sometimes less-than-enthusiastic about 'HR' initiatives such as engagement surveys. I think that's understandable.
Engagement: Does it Matter Any More?
In the early days of ‘staff surveys’ we measured staff satisfaction. We then deepened our questioning to understand what made our employees feel committed to go that extra mile or ‘stay, say and strive’. It worked well for some organisations, but many have plateaued.
Are You Measuring What Matters?
As leaders, it’s easy to measure what we're comfortable with, instead of what will actually have the greatest impact on the success of our business. But without a systematic approach to measuring what really matters, your business is unlikely to reach its true potential.
You Don't Have All the Answers (and that's OK)
Leadership is no longer about the visionary guru leading the charge. That idea belongs to a time when businesses operated in a slower world. Command-and-control leadership was the norm. Times have changed.
Why Smart Businesses are Focussing on Performance Before Engagement
The traditional way of thinking about engagement is linear - employee engagement leads to improved business performance. But recent research is pointing to a much more circular model.
Beyond engagementFriday, 2 November 2018
Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, engagement was heralded as the answer to every organisation’s challenge. Highly engaged employees equalled better business performance and companies all over the globe invested to heighten the engagement of their workforces.
How quickly times change! While “engagement”- and how people “feel” about working for an organisation - is still a consideration and aims at harnessing the employees’ positive motivations, the theme has expanded to include what they “think” about how the business operates.
Employees often have insights into business operations that leaders never get to hear. Involving staff and canvassing their thoughts on strategy, leadership, project management, change management, internal communication, customer focus, business processes and customer focus, to name but a few, not only delve deeper into the employee-employer relationship, but also provides insights the business may never acquire without asking its core asset - its people.
The Uber has arrived to challenge and disrupt pure engagement practices, and that requires continuous involvement of your people. To provide the best solutions to business challenges you’ll need to access your employees’ thoughts and their ideas for overcoming them. Continuous Involvement of your greatest assets thereby leads to continuous improvement, and by definition, high performing businesses.
Now that’s a pretty compelling proposition for attraction and retention of talent, and when it flows on to your customers through front-line staff, it becomes a great customer experience and a differentiator from your competitors.
The importance of empowering workplace cultures
Leaders who are serious about creating genuinely empowering workplace cultures are quite comfortable with handing out responsibility to others. They encourage individuals and teams in their organisation to step up, make their own decisions and pave their own path to success. They enable, inspire and encourage people to take steps to improve their work experiences.
Empowering leaders listen, offer support, welcome and value all ideas. They are focused on removing barriers that limit individuals and teams’ ability to act in empowered ways, and they make sure essential tools and resources are available so that people can successfully manage and lead their own projects, work towards their goals and drive their own careers - and this is exactly how you start building better workplace cultures and agile businesses.
Creating an environment where people want to show up
We hear about employee experience and where the future of work is shifting. Rather than simply concentrating on engagement and workplace cultures, organisations are now focusing on employee experience and the reasons why employees want to work versus need to work.
Author and futurist Jacob Morgan says: “A lot of organisations have historically focused only on one aspect of organisational change and that is culture”. What a workplace culture tells us is usually how employees feel when they are inside of an organisation - the vibe that they get, the organisational structure, leadership style, compensation and benefits, etc. While culture is still an important part of the employee experience, it is only one aspect.
Rather, employee experience, is a combination of three distinct elements that exist within any organisation regardless of its industry, size, or location. It is in a constant flux and therefore needs constant care and attention. The first two parts of employee experience cover the technological and physical environment.
The technological environment relates to relevant tools employees need to get their jobs done effectively -user interfaces, mobile devices, laptops and desktops - whereas physical environment refers to anything that can be seen, heard, touched, and tasted - such as work desks, comfy chairs, art on the walls, and snacks, meals or drinks that are provided by the organisation.
Offering a comfortable space to work in and modern tools to work with is not only crucial given employees spend most of their time inside the organisation, it is also important because these elements are likely to either have a positive or negative effect on employees and the way they perceive their organisation.
For decades organisations have been investing in employee engagement with very little results. Unfortunately, engagement has been very focused on trying to force employees to work in outdated workplace practices while giving them occasional perks to distract them from their unfortunate situations. Employee experience, on the other hand, is about changing and challenging these stagnant workplace practices.
Designing better employee experiences might sound straightforward, but it comes with a number of challenges. Workplaces have become more complex than what they used to be which makes employee engagement and productivity much harder to improve.
Global management guru, Josh Bersin, lists several factors that make employee experience challenging:
- First, many companies have not yet made employee experience a priority for HR leaders, often delegating this problem to an annual engagement survey.
- Second, while some companies have created the C-suite role of employee experience officer, most companies have not assigned responsibility to a senior executive or team to design and deliver the employee experience.
- Third, siloed HR departments often find it difficult to obtain the resources needed to address an integrated set of priorities, which range from management practices to the workplace to benefits and, often, the work culture itself.
- Fourth, companies need to update their tools to engage employees on an ongoing basis (with pulse surveys at least) to help HR teams and line leaders understand more fully what the talent they employ expects and values. An employee net promoter score is another important tool in this effort.
- Fifth, many companies remain focused on “point-in-time engagement” and have not yet pulled together the disciplines of performance management, goal setting, diversity, inclusion, wellness, workplace design, and leadership into an integrated framework.
Given that the focus and priorities for HR departments continues to move with unprecedented speed, where should budget, resource and effort be directed in our emerging world of work? The short answer is to your people.
People are the cornerstone upon which any business is founded, and if you don’t know what they are thinking, the unfortunate reality is that trouble is only a moment away.
Using surveys and questionnaires is crucial when gauging your employees’ feelings and opinions.
Gone are the days where employees didn’t have a say. With the advent of crowd sourcing of information in our daily lives, it’s only natural to expect to see this extending into our work environment too.
The benefits of crowd sourcing ideas from within the organisation are undeniable and long recognised. The most advanced Continuous Involvement systems, like AskYourTeam, don’t only allow leaders to tap into the valuable intel, they are also paramount for fostering empowerment across teams and amongst individuals. Continuous Involvement systems allow threats and opportunities to be identified clearly which in turn helps businesses decide where to focus on and when.
The bottom-line impact of mining the gold from within, combined with the empowerment of owning the solution engenders high performance thinking and action, and creates a culture of problem solving and action orientation across the whole organisation. When individuals can see that their opinions are not only listened to but also acted on, they become more invested in the outcomes which in turn improves their productivity levels.
Beyond employee engagement
Bersin explains that the HR technology market moves in five to seven year cycles of rolling-out, implementing, and replacing tech. We are now in a transitional phase between two cycles.
One of the biggest employee engagement trends we are seeing is the arrival of a new breed of pulse tools, feedback apps, and anonymous social networking tools. These performance evaluation methods for having regular check-ins with employees to understand where they are being challenged will eventually replace annual performance reviews.
It seems we have moved from the catch all of employee engagement being the answer to all organisational challenges. There is healthy acknowledgement that the trends happening right now are around the continuous involvement of your people and their insights into how the business is performing. Your employees want to tell you where the company could be doing better, and they want to be part of delivering on the solution.
The feeling of purpose your people experience from being continuously involved and seeing the results of their input becomes a strong talent attraction and retention tool. It is also a means to lift business productivity as those responsible for the outcome were those who were part of designing and implementing the plan. This creates action and high-performing teams and businesses.
As global engagement scores continue to decline, it’s becoming more and more evident that the top- down philosophy of engagement isn’t resonating and delivering the holy grail it used to. We have new generations in our workforce and so the concepts we deliver must flex to meet the changing demographics and drivers.
Businesses themselves are changing, disruptors appear, and we aren’t always certain what is coming next. Within that framework, perhaps the next shift is to move from asking employees: “This is what we did. How happy are you?” to “How can we enable you to do your best work and connect with your purpose? “
This has to be the bottom line question for a productivity focused workforce whose employee experience is that of a raving fan.
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.Download Discussion Paper
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.Download Report
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.Download Paper
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