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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.”

  • Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men

    Wednesday, 19 June 2019

    The book Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men by Caroline Criado Perez, outlines the many ways in which data about women in the workplace is frequently excluded from scientific and scholarly studies. The result of this? A world designed for men, where assumptions begin and end with men.

    As managers, this is an opportunity to learn more about and harness the strengths of female employees, and ensure business protocols apply equally to everyone in your team.

    Bias Beware

    Unconscious bias plays into stereotypes of gender roles, and in business that often presents itself as favouring male leaders. We are often unaware of our own unconscious bias. It happens out of our control, and is triggered by our brain making instinctive judgements and assessments of people and situations. These judgements are influenced by our backgrounds, cultural environments and personal experiences.

    In 2012, Princeton University conducted a study to uncover bias regarding male and female names on CVs. The study handed a mix of CVs with both male and female names to universities seeking a laboratory manager. The results showed male applicants were seen as "significantly more competent and hireable”.

    With this in mind, managers must be aware of these barriers for women when it comes to recruiting. For example, It has been found that women are less likely to apply for jobs that have traditionally male titles, like “Crew Champion”, or “Tech Ninja”.

    Undoing the Unconscious

    Workplaces can offer unconscious bias training, which challenges these stereotypes and can open more opportunities for men and women to work better together. The programmes are designed to interrogate people’s unconscious biases, and provide the tools to change thinking patterns, aiming to eliminate discriminatory behaviors. Education around why unconscious bias exists in the first place is key to overcoming it. For example, identifying what societal structures perpetuate bias towards certain groups, and how these can be challenged.

    Unconscious bias training does not promise to eliminate bias completely, or to be blind to real differences that exist. But the training can help enlighten decision making processes that may have ingrained bias from established behaviours. For example, groupthink behaviours that are considered the status quo.

    Value of Anonymity

    Anonymous feedback systems like AskYourTeam are ideal tools for ensuring everyone's opinion is heard in an unbiased way. If, for example, your female employees tend to be quieter in group scenarios, then it’s especially important their opinions are heard in a different way.

    With AskYourTeam, managers can tailor their questions in ways which aren’t favouring of a particular group, and employees can express their feedback in a safe and secure environment. It’s critical for companies to tap into the expertise held within all members of their staff, and to implement strategies that draw from collective insights - not just from those with the loudest voices.

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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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