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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.”

  • Leveraging technology to enhance a human workforce

    Wednesday, 11 September 2019

    While historically it has been manufacturing and low-skilled labour roles that have felt the biggest impact from technological revolutions, today barely any role remains unaffected by its influence.

    However now organisations aren’t so much removing jobs, but redesigning them. That’s because emerging technology has its greatest impact not when replacing a human workforce, but rather when working in collaboration with it by complementing and augmenting human capabilities.

    Successful businesses are asking: how can they leverage the speed, scalability and quantitative capabilities of AI and machine learning to amplify and assist humanistic strengths - things like emotional intelligence, leadership skills, creativity, problem solving and intuition - and in doing so, heighten space for the intelligent creativity that a business needs in order to innovate.

    So, while on the one hand, technology is reducing time and costs around routine tasks, on the other, it’s allowing us to facilitate an environment where our human workforce can deliver their best value through:

    • Collaboration & productivity: Intelligent communication hubs are linking remote workers, business units and data sources through streamlined communication and workflow, boosting company engagement and productivity.
    • Intelligent conversations: Transactional enquiries around HR policies and compliance can be taken care of by internal chatbots, freeing up team members to instead focus on tasks that add value to the growth and development of your workforce.
    • Collaborative intelligence: Leveraging data from intelligent platforms gives you the insight you need to better understand employee performance, learning and leadership styles, conflicts or employee wellbeing. As you more strategically build strong teams, you reduce turnover and create an engaged and resilient workforce.

     A workplace fit for the future

    Looking to the future, this means the people who will add the most value to your business will be the ones with an ability to apply emotional awareness to situations, build relationships and respond with strategic and critical thinking to challenges.

    For some organisations, this might mean shifting recruitment expectations to put more emphasis on the interpersonal skills and humanistic attributes that will really drive a business forward. In this regard, AI can also help you screen, source and match the most ideal candidates. As an employee, continuously seeking to learn, update skills and absorb newly created knowledge will see your skills remain not only viable, but valuable.

    It might also mean increasing flexibility within a business. Connectivity and collaboration platforms are changing the way we work, with an increasing expectation around remote work and flexible working environments.

    Is your business ready?

    Understanding the benefits of AI technology is one thing, but being ready for it is another. Having a clear picture of your business’s level of readiness to adopt new technology is critical to ensure the true value of your investment is realised, to prevent implementation roadblocks and to ensure both your people and your processes are aligned.

    Key factors influencing readiness include:

    • Your business needs
    • Existing infrastructure or necessary requirements
    • Leadership buy-in
    • Budget
    • Access to technical skills and resource
    • Governance

    Start by assessing your level of readiness for each of these factors. This assessment may highlight that your business is at one of three levels of readiness:

    Foundational (low): You’re curious about the use of AI in HR functions however have not aligned its use with your own business strategy.

    Operational (medium): You’re working to better understand AI technology and how it could increase efficiencies, but haven’t looked beyond this to build specific strategies around its use to achieve business outcomes.

    Transformational (high): You are already invested in, and leveraging, AI to not only engage with your workforce and talent but also to create business value that didn’t previously exist.

    Your level of readiness is also a reflection of value. While businesses may initially achieve short-term efficiency gains through the use of technology, it is the businesses at a higher level of readiness who are best positioned to make use of technology to achieve high-value business objectives and lead the industry through innovation.

    What is clear, is that in a world where technology is democratising industries, the businesses who successfully leverage this evolving partnership between employee and intelligent technology, will be the ones who can set their organisation apart from the rest.

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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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