Shane Green, a New Zealand culture expert and employee experience consultant, partnered with Stickybeak, the preeminent New Zealand survey platform, to gather data from over 800 working New Zealanders across all industries about their experience at work.
The result of this research provides the most recent and relevant insights into real New Zealand workers, especially as concerns regarding kiwi companies’ ability to attract, engage, and retain their best talent are at an all-time high.
While company owners and managers often talk about the importance of company culture and taking care of their employees, the results from this survey and the constant media barrage of companies cultivating a bullying or toxic culture suggests otherwise.
To put that into perspective, according to an article in 2020 that highlighted New Zealand’s largest private sector companies, this would mean that our biggest employers have over 6,500 unhappy employees talking poorly about them and under performing at any given moment. While this accounts for many employees, the percentage of disengaged workers can be more detrimental to New Zealand’s small businesses (less than 20 employees) that account for 97% of this country’s enterprises. With up to four employees per company underperforming, this can seriously strain the ability of small businesses to be successful and even survive.