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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.”

  • Digital tools create a people-led business revolution

    Thursday, 12 April 2018

    Digital disruption is reshaping the HR landscape, creating new opportunities for those organisations that are ready to transform. The most exciting are new digital HR tools that extend the influence of HR people beyond the traditional sphere of employee services. The new tools have given HR people new influence as they implement new digital management practices that drive greater productivity. These new tools provide the foundation of a new kind of competitive advantage based on the way people interact within an organisation.

    The scale of the digital and technological transformation is enormous. Last year, Deloitte’s annual Global Human Capital Trends report surveyed 10,400 businesses in 140 countries including New Zealand. Fifty-six percent said they are redesigning their HR programs to leverage digital and mobile tools.

    Similarly, for years the stock and trade of HR departments, employee engagement surveys have also become widely regarded as inadequate in the modern digital era. In the past HR function used to conduct annual employee surveys to gather results for the company executives, who then sat down and decided how they should fix their employee engagement issues for next year.

    Global HR guru Josh Bersin has this to say about them:

    One of the issues we must address is the aging idea of the engagement survey… they aren’t providing modern actionable solutions. They don’t tell executives how to build cultures of involvement. They don’t tell anyone how to make work meaningful.

    KPMG have now ditched the traditional engagement survey. Robert Bolton, Partner at their Global HR Centre of Excellence says HR should move beyond its obsession with engagement.

    In reality, engagement is an ill-defined term. And measuring it once or twice a year with some static survey is not very scientific no matter how much it’s dressed up to appear so.

    Engagement surveys are like a thermometer taking a temperature. An engagement survey can tell you if everything’s OK or if something’s wrong. But it doesn’t help with telling you why it’s wrong.

    What the new breed of digital HR tools provide is more like an MRI scan that gives a constant read on the HR health of the organisation, and identifies what the organisation is doing well, and any root causes of issues.

    The US has provided a plethora of next generation systems that provide a better read on the changing pulse of an organisation’s culture. All of these are easy to use systems that rapidly survey employees with short, easy to take surveys.

    Essentially, these tools do the same job as a traditional engagement survey, but offer the ability to get the results immediately, and to survey the pulse of small groups or the whole organisation as often as required.

    But the standout system among this new breed is made by a Kiwi company, AskYourTeam. It takes the employee survey into territory that offers unrivalled diagnostic depth to an HR practitioner.

    AskYourTeam has extended the workplace survey beyond issues of organisational culture into operational areas. The system gathers the data from every member of an organisation about where and why the organisation is performing well and poorly.

    HR practitioners are able to use this data like a doctor uses an MRI scan - identifying precisely which areas of an organisation require work to improve the organisation’s performance. Smart HR operators are using this data to develop performance plans with managers and many are seeing immediate improvements in their organisation’s performance measures. Productivity improves, and employees who provide the raw data are empowered by the Continuous Involvement process. They are more motivated, more engaged and less likely to leave the organisation.

    The companies that are using the new digital HR tools like AskYourTeam are positioning themselves best for the next era of competition. They’re implanting mechanisms that empower employees and encourage teamwork and innovation - factors that will be critical in deciding which companies and organisations will still be around in ten years’ time. As the world changes fast around us, it’s the organisations that can flex with unexpected changes that will survive and prosper. That organisation will be made up of empowered individuals who work together to innovate and overcome challenges.

    The building blocks of tomorrow’s winning workplace cultures are digital tools that smart HR practitioners are implementing today.

    *Original article: HRINZ magazine, Autumn issue 2018.

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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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