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Business Hawkes Bay

A new scheme aimed at increasing productivity through high performance working practices is being welcomed by local businesses.

The High Performance Working Initiative (HPWI) is a Department of Labour funded initiative, partnered with the new economic development hub, Business Hawke’s Bay.

High performance work is a general approach to improving workplaces, involving high levels of employee engagement and enhanced workplace practices to raise productivity.

CEO of Business Hawke’s Bay Murray Douglas said HPWI fitted perfectly with the regional organisation’s goals to enable the growth of medium sized businesses.

“We’re advocating for well-trained and engaged staff who can deliver sustainable business growth, which in turn creates real jobs.”

Classic Sheepskins factory manager Troy McParland said they had embarked on the 12 month scheme as a way of utilising low cost initiatives to increase productivity.                

“The programme engages with all levels of staff to promote ideas to enhance business performance and the external pressure helps management maintain momentum.

“We are confident by generating and acting on ideas from  within the business we will empower our staff, helping to keep our costs low and productivity high, which is essential for us to compete effectively in our export markets,” he said.

Business Improvement Specialists Glenn Manahi and Glenn Allison from “Smarter Better Faster” have been contracted to help the 10 participating Bay firms develop and implement the HPWI processes.

SBF will spend at least one day a month working with employees in their workplace to “raise the floor” as well as well as promoting the sharing of ideas, technologies and results amongst the participating firms.

It is expected that a further 10 firms will enter the scheme in 2013 and 2014. In Central Hawke’s Bay, Medallion Petfoods could see the benefits of the scheme. Plant manager Matt Bulled said the program would hand the company the ability to make real efficiency gains. “It’s an opportunity to take advantage of some exciting new possibilities for us in Central Hawke’s Bay.”

About HPWI: High performance work is a general approach to improving workplaces. It involves:

  • A systematic approach to business improvement
  • Enhanced workplace practices to raise productivity
  • A high level of employee engagement
  • An approach that becomes part of an organisation’s normal and on-going way of working

Benefits for employers:

  • Higher productivity and competiveness
  • More committed and engaged staff
  • Healthier and safer workplaces

Benefits for employees:

  • Better quality working life and a say in how work is done
  • More job security and recognition

For further information contact:
Murray Douglas
Chief Executive
Hawke’s Bay Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 06 876 5938
Mobile: 021 986 666.


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