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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 Smart Businesses are Focussing on Performance Before Engagement

    Friday, 24 February 2017

    The engagement model has been flipped on its head.

    The traditional way of thinking about engagement is linear - employee engagement leads to improved business performance. But recent research is pointing to a much more circular model. It goes something like this:

    Performance drives engagement, which in turn impacts performance.

    Consider the three factors widely understood to be the biggest drivers of engagement:

    1. Work: Having the resources and skills to deliver challenging and meaningful work.

    2. Autonomy: Freedom to make decisions; having a stake in business outcomes.

    3. Manager: A manager who listens, encourages open communication, and respects individuals.

    Do these factors directly impact employee engagement? Or is it more likely that they improve performance, which in turn drives engagement? We're unlikely to feel engaged if we're not doing a good job, or if the company we work for is failing. We all enjoy being part of a winning team - even better if we also feel that we’re contributing to that team’s success.

    So does engagement even matter anymore?

    There’s no doubt engagement influences business outcomes. Its impact on staff retention alone is a very good reason to continue to invest in employee engagement initiatives. But it’s just one of the many levers available to us to lift performance. Broadening our focus to encompass all of the factors that influence business success makes obvious sense. What’s more, improving performance has the happy side effect of - you guessed it - increasing engagement.

    What does this mean for traditional engagement surveys?

    Measuring engagement on its own isn’t enough. High scores on a traditional engagement survey probably tell us that the business is performing well. Low scores tell us that it isn’t. So what? Why are we bothering to measure something that’s not likely to be news to us? An engagement score is simply the canary in the coal mine - if it’s not healthy, the business isn’t either. But focussing on fixing the canary is missing the point.

    As Josh Bersin of Deloitte Consulting puts it:

    One of the issues we must address is the aging idea of an employee engagement survey. While such measures of engagement have been used for years, organisations tell us they aren’t providing modern, actionable solutions.

    A more effective way of driving business performance

    What leaders need is a way to measure how the business is doing in every area that influences business success, in real time. But more than measurements, they need solutions.

    We set out to address this problem by first analysing the world’s top leadership models to identify the 13 ‘organisational success factors’ that are common to the most successful businesses. These encompass leadership, performance development and culture, but also everything from strategy and business processes, through to communications and project planning. Then we built these into a complete survey system that involves everyone in identifying actionable solutions. 

    Don't just measure engagement - create it

    The benefit of using AskYourTeam in place of - or alongside - a traditional engagement survey is twofold: It lifts business performance (our main goal), but it also creates engagement - both through improved performance, and through the very act of participation in the system.

    Let's think back to those three drivers of engagement. Here's how AskYourTeam impacts each of them:

    1. Work. By asking people what they need to be more effective and putting their suggestions into action, individual performance, pride and satisfaction in work is improved.

    2. Autonomy. People are given the opportunity to influence business decisions and have a stake in the outcomes.

    3. Manager. Managers demonstrate that they’re listening and that they value their employees’ expertise.

    Focus on improving performance in a positive way, and watch engagement levels and business success soar. 

  • 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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