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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.
Collaborative TeamsFriday, 11 January 2019
Many collaborative teams work together frequently but can spin off to other projects and collaborations when necessary. Building collaboration into teams allows team members to push each other to perform, give each other insights, and even help develop each other as professionals.
With the move to agile business practices (or activity-based working) and work environments, it’s important to review whether your organisation is supporting collaboration. With fewer constraints and more flexibility, the focus shifts from where tasks are physically undertaken to performance and quality of outputs. Agile working looks at work as an activity rather than a place of work and it focuses on eliminating barriers which stand in the way of objectives being achieved. Not only does agile working offer employees more flexibility in today’s office environments, but it also:
• Gives employees the freedom to work in the best location, utilising their time and resources most efficiently;
• Reduces the amount of time spent travelling, by not having to always return to their desk to work productively;
• Employs recent technological developments to improve efficiency and creativity, e.g., individually kitted-out workspaces for specific work needs, like brainstorm and presentation rooms;
• Allows individuals and teams to work closely with one another, improving cross collaboration on tasks;
• Gives workers the freedom to develop new, non-traditional working practices that can improve the way the business operates, e.g., by spending less time in the office, teams have more time to spend with their clients;
• Encourages teamwork in a more open, collaborative space - which can do wonders for communication and trust across the team too.
SIX WAYS TO FACILITATE TEAMS WORKING COLLABORATIVELY
A recent Fast Company article outlined the following six steps to collaborative work.
1. Don’t build all-star teams for key projects.
According to Bryant University professor of management Michael Roberto, when there are too many ‘A players’ on a team, egos can get in the way. He suggests thinking carefully about the roles you need to fill and selecting team members with complementary skills and capabilities.
2. Choose a unifying problem.
Iwan Jenkins, president of leadership consultants The Riot Point, says your goal, objective, or strategy should match the ‘DNA’ of the team members. When all the team members are invested in the outcome, they’ll be more motivated to work together, he says.
3. Be specific in your instructions.
Collaboration can be a struggle when expectations are unclear, says Kate Zabriskie, founder of the leadership development firm Business Training Works. She recommends telling your employees how you want them to work together.
4. Make sure each team member benefits.
Every person should be better as a result of working on a project and when they experience this it augers well for future collaboration.
5. Use techniques that broaden participation.
Professor Roberto says leaders should work diligently to solicit ideas from all employees. One way to do this is through surveying staff on their thoughts on how a project is working—both during and post completion. Organisations are increasingly turning to systems that allow them to ‘crowd source’ input from employees as to how projects and initiatives are progressing. This gives a voice to quieter members who may have some real feedback and insights but may be reticent to speak out through more formal channels. It also harnesses people’s investment in their contribution across the broader working environment (e.g., business processes, project planning, strategy, leadership internal communication, etc).
It is becoming increasingly important to ‘take the pulse’ of individual teams on initiatives and projects as they progress across all facets of business. This is a key factor in promoting collaboration in teams and between teams. Employees are asked to give honest feedback and the anonymity of their input encourages more direct and honest feedback which, in turn, leads to actionable insights, often with a direct bottom line impact.
6. Don’t praise everyone equally for vastly different amounts of effort.
Author Gina DeLapa says it can be painful to watch a well-intentioned boss praise an entire team equally, especially when one person has shouldered more of the work. This can create a huge disconnect, especially when it happens repeatedly, she says. Is your organisation supporting people to work to the best of their abilities? Here’s some food for thought and a last word from Caroline Boyce, a workspace change management expert with Lend Lease: “You can design an intuitive agile workplace with all kinds of great opportunities for collaboration, but that’s not enough to make organic change happen. People may be opposed to collaboration for a variety of reasons. There needs to be intervention to encourage the business to shift in that direction.”
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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