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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.”

  • Why resilience and mental wellbeing have never been more important

    Wednesday, 25 September 2019

    Most employees won’t put on a public display of their grievances for fear of being labelled difficult or missing out on future promotion opportunities, they simply take their frustrations home instead. And it’s a slippery slope into low job satisfaction and poor overall health.

    They’ll sit on their feelings, putting a ton of pressure on their growing instability - and what happens next? Their wellbeing is at risk. If you don’t provide a platform for managing and supporting that, you risk blow-outs across your business and, more importantly, unmotivated and unhealthy teams.

    Don’t let your people become a shocking statistic

    TVNZ recently reported that suicide rates in New Zealand have never been higher, at just under twice our roads toll. That’s not to say that they’re all workplace-related, but toxic environments certainly play their part in dissatisfied employees which can lead to mental health challenges. Prioritising and promoting the wellbeing of your people will set a standard of positive contribution and people who have the strength and motivation to do big things - for themselves and your business. Your organisation will be a flagship for model employer behaviour, a place people want to be.

    Provide for your people and reap the rewards

    Promotion of wellbeing though, isn’t enough. Employers must follow through with appropriate programmes and services that truly support their people - and a ‘one size fits all’ approach won’t be enough. With the right research, you can implement support that creates an inclusive culture and reaches all employees, leaving them feeling that they’re valued and that they are able to make their mark. It’ll also help to remove societal stigma that mental health is a weakness, instead leaving you with motivated and productive employees who ask for genuine help when it’s needed.

    Developing strong, well-rounded, healthy people

    Forward-looking organisations have identified four elements that need to be in place to promote mental health initiatives:

    1. Leadership and management - without good managers who lead by example, you’ll be hard-pressed to instill a sense of direction and collaboration amongst the wider team. They’ll need to be actively demonstrating how to become strong and resilient.
    2. Communication and culture - ever heard the saying, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place”? George Bernard Shaw - smart man. Be clear in your communication and foster an open culture for your people to thrive in. Keep programs simple and available to everyone - regardless of their position in the company. Make it easier for them to do their jobs whether on-site or elsewhere. And give your teams more opportunity to bond; social events increase sense of purpose, their identity and their overall wellbeing.
    3. Scoping resilience, managing pressure - if you want your people to contribute and achieve objectives, you need a rock-solid foundation for them to stand on. They can’t kick goals if the playing field wobbles with every step. Job security, managers who don’t micromanage, and trusting relationships are all key components for reducing stress levels and increasing satisfaction.
    4. Support - today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Support is important for individuals and to society, ensuring everyone has an outlet for coping with day to day life. It comes in many forms and will vary in success depending on the individuals needing it, but it should always be available.

    Organisations should lead and be crystal clear on the type of culture that promotes healthy wellbeing for everyone. Your end game should be building environments that promote meaningful involvement of your people; people who feel like they belong, feel their input is valued and who work together towards a common goal.

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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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