- Publish Date
- Friday, 4 November 2016, 9:05AM
Paving stone company Premier Group International has today been named the best workplace in New Zealand by IBM Kenexa.
Managing director Bernard Powell credits the recognition - and exponential growth - to the company's focus on happiness.
"Our whole focus in business is on happiness. Happiness of our employees, our suppliers and customers - starting with our team," Powell said.
The Waikato-based firm prides itself on meeting its annual 'BHAGs' - "big hairy audacious goals" - which was the main reason it entered the survey.
"We actually set one of our BHAGs at the start of this year - we have what we call a strategy camp at the start of every year - and one of those was to become the most sought after company in New Zealand to join," Powell said.
"When we set that goal we had no idea of how we would measure or achieve that, but we wanted to put it out there. Once we got it out there on our strategy poster and shared it with our team then we discovered the IMB Kenexa awards after much Google searching.
This year 210 organisations from private and public sectors surveyed their employees on various aspects of the workplace from leadership to well-being and enablement.
The organisations were then ranked based on the scores and leaders later interviewed before deciding on a winner.
IBM Kenexa New Zealand senior consultant Emma Martin said the IBM Kenexa Best Workplace Awards recognised New Zealand's top employers, based on the perceptions of the people who actually work there.
"Not only did Premier Group International receive the highest scores overall, but it was also evident they truly are a 'culture first' company that puts their people's happiness and well-being at the forefront of every business decision," she said.
Survey findings revealed workforce engagement had increased, with large organisations showing the biggest lift, registering an improvement in 97 per cent of survey questions.
Across the board, it was found employees reported more effective teamwork, and increasingly positive perceptions of reward and recognition.