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Published: 2004-03-03 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has scored in the top five medium sized businesses to work in New Zealand.

Unlimited Magazine names its Top 20 Best Places To Work annually, and although Environment Waikato didn’t make the top 20 this year (it was 17th last year) it rated fifth in the medium-sized company category employing 100 – 399 staff. Microsoft New Zealand scored top of this category.

Environment Waikato has a very high response rate of 79 percent of employees participating in the survey. A total of 128 companies participated, and employees answered 51 multiple selection and two open ended questions about their perceptions of their organisations.

Questions covered the organisation, communication and co-operation, the team, the job, learning and development, recognition and reward and overall perception.

Environment Waikato also commissioned a report on key drivers which showed that 86 percent of employees said they felt proud to be working for the organisation.

  • 84 percent said they were willing to go the extra mile to help the organisation succeed
  • 86 percent said they felt they were part of an effective team
  • 85 percent said they knew how their work contributed to the success of the organisation
  • 80 percent said Environment Waikato ensured they were adequately trained for the work and were encouraged to develop knowledge, skills and abilities.

Human ResourcesGroup Manager Mary Sinclair Jones said the Council used the survey to find out what it was getting right and what it need to work on.

“The results of the last survey in 2001 spurred us on to develop our organisational values, which have been inculcated into our everyday working life. One of the reasons we did so well was because our staff really care about the environment and that's why this whole organisation exists.”

Top New Zealand organisation was human resources consultant Momentum Consulting Group, with another human resources consultancy, OCG Consulting, rated second.