One year after New Zealand's first lockdown, we were lucky enough to speak at Raygun’s Survive to Thrive event. The event galvanised technology leaders across New Zealand, sharing stories of resilience and success across the sector. We were asked to answer the following question: where are successful organisations doubling down when it comes to their people?
Here’s what we think:
Thriving organisations provide customer-grade experiences for employees
People are one of our greatest sources of performance potential. We’re seeing thriving organisations focus on their internal customer experience, their employee experience.
Thriving organisations are designing with people, versus for them; gathering insight, listening to different perspectives, and creating solutions with mutual value.
It can be as simple as figuring out what matters to employees, identifying where they’re coming unstuck, and understanding what they need to be successful. Together, finding the sweet spot where employee and business value meet.
Thriving organisations are investing in leadership
Leadership is hard and the pandemic did a great job of reminding us just how hard! Many leaders were expected to display deliberate calm, bounded optimism, and empathy, all while being highly engaged and fact-based in all decisions. As we moved out of lockdown, the increase in remote work added a heightened requirement for mature leadership skills. We’re seeing thriving organisations recognise leadership as a standalone skill and a critical one to invest in.