Soltius is proud to have been named a finalist, for the sixth year in a row, at the  IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces Awards. 

This year over 36,000 employees from 210 New Zealand organisations representing the private and public sectors participated in the survey. 50 companies, of which Soltius was one, reached the finalist status across the five employee size categories: Small, Small-Medium, Medium-Large, Large and Enterprise.

The 2016 finalists represent a broad spectrum of New Zealand industries from government to retail, tourism and professional services to consumer goods. Nearly two-thirds of this year’s finalists also achieved finalist status in 2015, demonstrating the ongoing commitment made by New Zealand’s best workplaces to engage their employees.

The survey has become an important part of the yearly calendar at Soltius. Analysing the data received via the survey provides our leaders and managers with key insights about the organisation from our most valuable assets: our people. For participating organisations, the insights from the survey 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 feedback we receive from the IBM Kenexa Best Workplaces survey is invaluable”, says Nick Mulcahy, CEO of Soltius. “Our people are what makes us the leading and most trusted SAP practice in New Zealand. For us, the survey is a key marker to ensure we’re staying on the right track. We’re very proud to have been named a finalist for the sixth year in a row and look forward to celebrating with our team”.

The 2016 survey results showed that workforce engagement increased across all size categories, with large organisations (400-750 employees) showing the biggest lift, registering an improvement in 97% of survey questions. Employees are reporting more effective teamwork, and nine out of ten respondents agree that people cooperate to get the job done. Perceptions of reward and recognition have also increased, with significantly more employees agreeing that their workplace rewards outstanding performance, that pay and benefits are fair, and that successes are celebrated.

“Increasing adoption of social tools in the workplace can enable employees to share their knowledge and ideas more easily than before, resulting in better collaboration,” says Emma Martin, Senior Consultant, IBM Kenexa New Zealand. “The best employers, particularly those in large organisations, are also recognising their people in a variety of ways, which is encouraging to see and makes good business sense in a tight labour market.”

The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner on 3 November in Auckland.

Follow the conversation online at #BestWorkNZ.