Council Makes it Five in a Row

Council Makes it Five in a Row

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Kenexa, an IBM Company (NYSE: IBM) and global provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced the finalists in its Best Workplaces Survey in New Zealand.

Today, companies are looking for ways to plug into the pulse of their workforce, rather than rely on a static view of their organisation. The Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey, unique to New Zealand, is the country’s largest annual ‘employer of choice’ programme and study of workplace climate and employee engagement.

Nearly 39,000 employees from 243 organisations, across both private and public sectors, participated in 2013. This year, 43 companies have reached finalist status across five categories; Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise – a new category established for the 2013 awards.

By collecting data on the opinions of employees, companies get a more complete analysis of their workforce, identifying areas that make their workplace great as well as which areas they can improve to increase levels of engagement. At the same time, companies gain a more accurate view of what they can leverage to enable and retain critical talent.

Sanchia Yonge, IBM’s GM Smarter Workforce for Australia and New Zealand said, “The Best Workplaces Survey uncovers the best New Zealand organisations that are creating a Smarter Workforce; one that attracts the best talent, understands their employees and empowers teams. Year on year we’re seeing more businesses in New Zealand viewing participation as a critical tool to help determine the drivers of business performance and pave the way for future success."

Kenexa has seen the number of larger organisations participating in the survey increase by 45% since 2008, as companies recognise that high levels of employee engagement can positively impact the bottom line of their business

“This type of organisation will often work with a broader geographical spread of employees and complex organisational structures, so we’ve established the ‘Enterprise’ category to recognise the unique challenges these companies strive to overcome, as well as demonstrate it is possible for them to do so.”

The finalists for 2013 represent the broad spectrum of New Zealand business; from automotive to IT, travel to consumer goods and many more. 58% of finalists in 2013 also achieved finalist status in 2012, demonstrating the success of employee engagement programmes and the increasing importance employers are placing on maintaining them.

“Achieving finalist status in the Best Workplaces survey is a great measure of success for these organisations and has become New Zealand’s most definitive measure of ‘employer of choice’ claims. Understanding what makes employees want to come to work and do well in their jobs is essential for success in today’s market,” said Ms Yonge.The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 31 October in Auckland. For more information on the Kenexa Best Workplaces Survey and Awards please visit

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

ACCO New Zealand, Au Pair Link, Hilti (New Zealand), Hyundai Wairarapa, Inspire Group, Kellogg Company NZ, Maven International, McVerry Crawford Hyundai, Milford Asset Management, Office of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC), Optimal Experience

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

ADInstruments, Brother International (NZ), ClearPoint, Colliers International New Zealand, FUJIFILM NZ, Giltrap Audi, Giltrap Northshore, Hyundai Motors NZ, Microsoft New Zealand, MRC Transmark NZ, Provoke, Soltius New Zealand, Sport Northland, Vend, Yealands Estate Wines

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

Bay Audiology, Comvita NZ, DraftFCB New Zealand, Leading Edge Communications (NZ), Mars New Zealand, Primary ITO, Rothbury Group, Smith&Smith®, South Taranaki District Council, Trade Me

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

AA Insurance, FMG, Number One Shoes, Overland Footwear, Southern Cross Health Society

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

Flight Centre (NZ), VTNZ, Warehouse Stationery.