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  • 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.”

  • What is this thing called workplace empowerment?

    Wednesday, 5 September 2018

    It’s clear that empowerment is one of today’s great positive buzzwords in management and HR, and creating an empowering culture is near the top of every HR professionals’ agenda. And there’s good reason for that.

    Empowered employees are highly engaged, productive and keen to share their ideas and talk about what they do with colleagues by default. There’s a growing body of academic evidence which shows that empowered employees are also more loyal, committed and productive at work. They are more satisfied with their work and they stick around longer, which helps to make the business more agile and responsive.

    How do you create a culture of empowerment?

    Empowerment in any workplace starts with leadership. It has to, because at its essence, empowerment is a transfer of power from a leader in authority to someone lower down in the organisation chart. Truly empowering leaders give others a degree of autonomy and responsibility for decision-making in their daily work without a need to be constantly checking or micromanaging them. So in this sense, empowerment is about accountability and trust.

    But empowerment is more than just that. Leaders who are serious about creating a genuinely empowering workplace cultures are ok with handing out responsibility. They encourage individuals and teams in their organisation to step up, make their own decisions and pave their own path to success. They enable, inspire and encourage people to take steps to improve their work experiences.

    Empowering leaders listen, offer support, welcome and value all ideas. They are focused on removing barriers that limit individuals and teams’ ability to act in empowered ways, and they make sure essential tools and resources are available so that people can successfully manage and lead their own projects, work towards their goals and drive their own careers - and this is exactly how you start building better workplace cultures.

    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. Empowerment is an act of collegiality on the part of leaders that involves relying on others to make up for your own weaknesses and restrictions. 

    How can I help you to do your work better?

    The most effective way to understand whether teams and individuals within your organisation do or don’t feel empowered, is to ask them. Do they feel that they are empowered? Which departments feel the most disempowered and why? Do individuals and teams feel that they have control? Do they feel competent? How about connected? It’s normal and ok that you don’t have all the answers.

    So if you’re serious about changing the culture of your organisation to emphasise empowerment there’s one more important thing to remember. Empowerment isn’t a set of management practices – it’s a state of mind that lives in the heads of your front-line workers, and you as a leader have an important part to play in whether empowerment flourishes or doesn’t in your workplace.

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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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