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IBM announces finalists for NZ’s Best Workplaces 2015

blog-clock Jun 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM

IBM Press Release: Auckland, New Zealand – 25 Sep 2015: IBM Kenexa (NYSE: IBM) today announced the finalists of its annual Best Workplaces Survey and Awards, New Zealand’s largest and longest running study of workplace climate and employee engagement. This year over 30,000 employees from 193 New Zealand organisations in the private and public sectors participated, with 40 workplaces reaching finalist status across five categories: Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise.

Sixty-five percent of this year’s finalists also achieved finalist status in 2014, demonstrating the continued importance New Zealand employers are placing on engaging their employees.

In 2015, the largest improvements were made by organisations in the Bottom 25% Benchmark group – demonstrating that all organisations that participate in the programme can see real benefits. This group recorded particular improvements in the areas of clarity of organisational vision, feedback and performance measurement, and employee recognition for great work.

Overall, ‘caring about employee well-being’ made the biggest gains across Best Workplaces survey participants. This reflects a current trend, with many businesses understanding that genuine concern for the physical and emotional health of employees is part of being a great employer.

“It’s clear from the survey results that the organisations taking on board the feedback from their people and translating it into action, are seeing positive results,” says Leighton Abbot, Senior Consultant, IBM Smarter Workforce for New Zealand. “We are really encouraged to see that more New Zealanders are feeling motivated and enthused about their work. This in turn is lifting staff perceptions of customer service delivery and organisational success.”

Analysing the data received via the survey provides business leaders with key insights about their organisations from their most valuable assets: their people. The insights identify the characteristics that make their workplace great places to work, as well as areas to improve in order to increase engagement levels. Organisations also gain a more accurate view of what is needed to retain critical talent.

The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 5 November in Auckland.

Finalists in the Small Workplace (20-49 employees) category are:

  • Au Pair Link
  • Colliers International – Queenstown
  • Hyundai Motors New Zealand
  • Hyundai Wairarapa – Eastwood Motor Group
  • ICM Asia Pacific
  • Ingham Hyundai
  • McVerry Crawford Motors
  • Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner
  • The Research Agency
  • Training For You

Finalists in the Small-Medium Workplace (50-149 employees) category are:

  • ADInstruments
  • Boffa Miskell
  • Brother International NZ
  • ClearPoint
  • Hilti
  • Masterpet Corporation
  • Miles Toyota
  • MRC Transmark
  • New Zealand Rugby Union Incorporated
  • NZCU Baywide
  • Online Republic
  • Russell Gordon Contracting
  • Soltius New Zealand
  • Sport Northland

Finalists in the Medium-Large Workplace (150-399 employees) category are:

  • Auckland Motorway Alliance
  • Bay Audiology
  • Colliers International New Zealand
  • Comvita NZ
  • Leading Edge NZ
  • Mars New Zealand
  • Overland Footwear
  • Recreational Services
  • Rothbury Group
  • South Taranaki District Council

Finalists in the Large Workplace (400-749 employees) category are:

  • AA Insurance
  • FMG
  • Trade Me

Finalists in the Enterprise Workplace (750 or more employees) category are:

  • Flight Centre (NZ)
  • VTNZ
  • Warehouse Stationery

About The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey is New Zealand’s largest annual workplace climate-employee engagement survey and the definitive measure for ‘best employer’ and ’employer of choice’ claims in the country. The programme identifies the best places to work in New Zealand as rated by their employees. Employees grade their workplace and employers across key categories including leadership, culture, recognition and engagement.

For 2015, the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards are proudly supported by Kiwibank, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) and AUT Business School. For 16 years Best Workplaces has been valued by business and CEOs throughout New Zealand, providing the information to assist them in building great workplaces and enhancing their customer service delivery.

The IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards are delivered as part of IBM’s Smarter Workforce initiative, which helps organisations apply proven behavioural science, statistical analysis and psychological principles to improve employee engagement and organisational performance. Learn more about IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces at

 via IBM News Room

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