Being one of the Best Workplaces second nature

Being one of the Best Workplaces second nature

Monday, November 05, 2012

South Taranaki District Council took second place for the medium-large workplace category at the Kenexa Best Workplaces Awards held last night in Auckland.

It is the fourth year that South Taranaki District Council has achieved a finalist (top ten) placing in the national Survey (formerly known as the JRA Best Workplaces) – placing 9th in 2009, 6th in 2010, 3rd last year and now 2nd in 2012.

“We keep raising the bar as an organisation,” says Council CEO Craig Stevenson. “It gets tougher to keep increasing what are already, high levels of employee engagement.”

Mr Stevenson says the result is great news for a number of reasons. “A highly engaged workforce is more productive, more innovative and more highly committed and these factors result in better service to our citizens,” he says. 

“A further benefit is the ability for the organisation to attract high calibre employees. Good people want to work for good organisations.” 

Mr Stevenson believes the reason why the Council has rated so highly comes down to the quality of its people and the strong organisational culture that exits.

“We are one big, professional family with a very positive can – do attitude. People have that positive attitude when they feel they are being valued and they are making an important contribution. Our people are totally committed to doing their best for our residents,” he says. 

Mars NZ was the winner of the medium-large workplace category.

Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey is New Zealand’s largest annual workplace climate-employee engagement survey. A record 33,000 employees from 289 organisations across the country took part in the survey this year.

Now in its 13th year, as the largest survey of workplace climate and employee opinion in the country, it has become the benchmark for best workplace practices nationwide.

The survey is conducted by asking employees of participating organisations a range of questions, grouped into categories such as culture and values, learning and development, reward and recognition, communication and co-operation

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