ED, Microsoft among best workplaces

ED, Microsoft among best workplaces

ONCE again Express Data has made it into the ranks of New Zealand’s best places to work.

The annual Unlimited/JRA survey puts Express Data in fourth place in the Best Small Workplace — under 100 staff — category.

With 50 employees, staff turnover at 18.7% and annual revenue of $89 million, the distributor has moved up from its sixth ranking last year.

Paul Plester, ED’s national sales manager, says his company has been in the top ten for the last few years and attributes it to a great team.

“We provide a very close, intimate culture and all our people are similar in attitude, plus we do good things for them,” he says.

These include taking all staff to the annual conference in Australia, giving them personal broadband allowances and having an internal recommendation policy. This means employees that recommend someone for a vacancy or promotion opportunity are rewarded with $1,000 if the new recruit stays with the company for three months and a further $1,000 at the end of 12 months.

Microsoft NZ achieved sixth place in the Best Medium Workplace category — 100–399 staff — down from second place last year.

Communications manager Carol Leishman says the company empowers its staff through career development and a high level of trust.

“Microsoft tends to hire high-achievers and trusts them to get on with their job. I think it’s incredibly enjoyable to be able to do what feels right in your part of the business,” she says.

Leishman herself is about to head off to Singapore for three months to further her career.

“New Zealand is quite a small place so to have the opportunity to gain experience offshore is invaluable. The options are relatively limited if someone wants to stay in New Zealand but if they’re prepared to travel the world is their oyster.”

According to Leishman, Microsoft’s strategy is to increase its Asia-Pacific headcount threefold so opportunities within the region are widespread.

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