Employee Experience Awards 2018 New Zealand

May 4th, 2018

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Do your people love what they do and do what they love?  Are you keen to showcase and celebrate what an awesome workplace you are?  If so, read on!

We’re super excited here at Humankind to officially announce that we will be launching New Zealand’s first ever Employee Experience Awards in 2018 in partnership with Joyous. The EX18 Awards, which celebrate organisations throughout New Zealand who are leading the way delivering exceptional experiences to their people and therefore known as the best employers in the country, will be launching 3rd June, with the overall winners announced 8th November.

Founder of Humankind, Samantha Gadd, is passionate about helping build the best employee experiences in the world and helping people to love what they do.  That passion has replicated throughout her six year old growing business and its employees and the 450+ businesses they are working with, having won multiple business growth and professional services awards, including being recognised in the Deloitte Fast50 in 2015.

“In April 2018 IBM announced the end of the Best Workplaces programme. After 18 years of celebrating the Best Workplaces in New Zealand there is no other targeted awards event, celebrating great employers and workplaces. EX18 is the inaugural event in which we have the vision to grow into a highly sought after and successful national event. Our vision for the future of this event is to host a black tie dinner for 500 people – attracting the most ambitious and visionary organisations, sponsors and PR opportunities,” said Gadd.

“Measuring engagement of employees on an annual basis has been proven ineffective. Instead focusing energy on building employee experiences and seeking continuous feedback from employees is what the most successful organisations in the world are doing. Well designed EX drives productivity and leads to great customer experiences, and therefore accelerates business growth.  In short EX = CX [Customer Experience] as Richard Branson says, look after your people and they will look after your customers.”

“Where traditional HR has focused on the employee lifecycle, we see an enormous opportunity for leaders to ensure every interaction is deliberately designed, we want to recognise those employers and what better way to celebrate them, than to recognise them through an award at EX18!”

Gadd believes that the best workplaces in the world have the best employee experiences in the world. In addition to this, successful organisations understand that employee experience drives customer experience and therefore better commercial outcomes. For these reasons, Humankind is excited to share their views on what employee experience is, and more importantly what businesses can focus on to improve their employee experience and achieve business success.

Mike Carden is delighted to partner with Humankind on launching the EX18 Awards and sees this as a natural fit for Joyous.  A recognised tech entrepreneur, in 2006 Mike founded Sonar6, a revolutionary Human Resources Software as a Service business. In 2012 Sonar6 was acquired by Cornerstone OnDemand (NASDAQ: CSOD). Sonar6 won numerous awards including PWC Hi Tech Emerging Company, Deloitte Fast 50, and Gartner Cool Vendor. Mike is also a winner of the Writemark Plain English Award and the Bayer Innovators Award.  More recently Mike founded Joyous, the first dedicated Employee Experience platform in the world, who are excited to take part.

“Partnering with Humankind and launching the EX18 Awards is a super exciting opportunity for us to celebrate the growing recognition and importance of employee experience within business.  Using our pulse survey questions, crafted by experts, will give businesses a fantastic opportunity to not only gain feedback from their employees, but also give them the opportunity to open conversations with their employees on how they are really doing.”

He said that the awards not only enable fantastic recognition nationally for businesses throughout NZ who provide amazing employee experiences, but also a great opportunity to review and reflect on their current processes and attract top talent to their workplace.

The award categories are designed to celebrate the best employee experiences in New Zealand – supporting employee value proposition, helping businesses to attract top talent in the future.  They celebrate forward thinking professionals who recognise the value of EX within their organisation, superb EX Initiatives made up of great ideas, and the organisations and people behind them.  The judges will be looking for individuals and businesses that are able to inspire organisations throughout New Zealand.

Visit www.exawards.nz to register your interest and find out more!