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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.”

  • Creating a culture that inspires employee loyalty

    Monday, 3 September 2018

    Great business leaders create a culture within that is driven by growing the involvement of their people in the processes of the business. Otherwise, with the pace of change sped up by technology, they risk being left behind by faster, more adaptive, more responsive organisations where staff involvement is increasingly the norm.        

    One of the biggest risks of low-involvement is employee dissatisfaction. And it follows that good people walking out the door to go and work for the opposition. The cost of replacing staff is significantly higher than it often appears, and that too is a significant business risk.

    Identifying the true cost of replacing staff

    The hidden costs of replacing staff are surprisingly high. Figures most often quoted are in the vicinity of 60 – 150 per cent of the salary of the person being replaced. Think about the loss of an individual’s knowledge and the time to train a new person in your specific systems and processes.

    Even the most conservative studies come up with big numbers. British consultancy Oxford Economics completed a study a couple of years ago that placed the average cost of replacing a staff member earning £50,000 at £30,000 – 60 per cent of the annual salary figure. They divide that figure into two parts. Around ten percent of annual salary for logistics – like agency fees and advertising. The cost is much greater than simply the cost of a $250 ad on TradeMe Jobs, for example.  Oxford estimated the biggest portion of the replacement cost of an employee is the lost productivity while someone learns their new job and builds up their steam to optimal productivity. They found the average loss to a business through having a new person in a skilled role was the equivalent of 28 weeks lost productivity.

    These results are also relevant in a New Zealand context. In 2011 Waikato University looked at the true financial investments firms make during recruitment and the first year of employee training for entry-level positions. They found the true investment in recruitment and training new staff was 241% of the new employees’ annual salary. This is reason enough to make you want to inspire loyalty, right?

    How do you inspire loyalty?

    So how do you create a culture that inspires employee loyalty?  It comes back to building a culture that gives your people the holy trinity of empowerment: Control. Competence. Connection.

    Shifting the culture of your organisation from management for engagement, to leadership by involvement, is a critical factor. Helping your senior leaders to understand that they are an integral part of the change enables them to acknowledge the value of other people’s ideas and input. Plus, it facilitates their understanding that part of their job is to build a stage for others to perform on.

    The times they are a changing

    A recent Forbes Human Resource Council article purported that millennials were three times more likely than non-millennials to change jobs in the last year, and 91% don't expect to stay with their current organisations longer than three years. In a Workforce survey, 80% of respondents agreed that their definition of loyalty in the workplace had changed over time.

    Retaining the top performers in your organisation must be ranked highly. According to Forbes there are three keys:

    1. Knowing your employee value proposition (EVP) for each role and make sure it aligns with the employees in that role.

    2. Make sure that employee reviews include time spent understanding how your employees see their own careers developing.

    3. Know upfront that three years is long-term planning for your employees and preparing accordingly is imperative. If you can’t see where your employee will be in three years, assume they will be working for someone else.

    Understanding this new reality of employee loyalty and encouraging a culture of involvement in your workplace can keep you and your company ahead of the game.

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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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