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Together We're Making Porirua Amazing

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Together We're Making Porirua Amazing

Porirua City Council's commitment to becoming the best was recently recognised when it was named a finalist in the JRA Best Places to Work Awards in Auckland.

The Council, one of 35 finalists participating in what is New Zealand's largest employee engagement survey, was named one of the three most improved organisations in the medium-large workplace category (150-399 staff) based on the Best Places to Work Survey scores between 2007 and 2008.

Over 90% of PCC employees responded to the annual survey, says Council Chief Executive Roger Blakeley. "Once again we had an excellent response rate to the survey and this year we have seen a significant improvement (+ 5%) in our overall results, compared to this time last year. Putting things in perspective is our score against other Local Government authorities where we rated on average (+4%) higher in each of the key areas of performance."

Dr Blakeley says there's a strong link between a good workplace with engaged employees and a successful organisation doing the best for its customers. "If our employees are happy in their jobs and know how their work contributes to the running of our city, they are much more likely to 'go the extra mile'." Southern Cross Travel Insurance was named New Zealand's best workplace and also took out the Best Small Workplace title, after being a finalist in that category last year. Other big names among the award finalists include the New Zealand Rugby Union, Trade Me, Toyota, AA Insurance, Flight Centre, The Bell Tea & Coffee Company, Overland Footwear, Barkers Men's Clothing and more. In total 217 organisations employing 37,456 people took part in the survey this year. Employees rated their organisation based on 60 questions on issues such as culture and values, reward and recognition, communication, and learning and development, and these answers are then analysed and collated into an overall 'performance index' score for each organisation. Dr Blakeley says business excellence initiatives introduced in 2007/2008 have had a positive impact and are reflected in the Council's score but he acknowledges that work in specific areas still needs to be done.

"We aim to continuously improve and our next step is the top 25% of organisations who are considered to be Employers of Choice," he says.

To this end, the Council recently ran a number of Vision and Values workshops and the success of these is highlighted along with other top organisations in the JRA publication - "Employee Engagement Stories of Success". To view a copy go to www.jra.co.nz.

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