“It is my strong belief that the most critical element to New Zealand succeeding in the Future of Work is a renewed social partnership between businesses, workers and the government.  

In the course of our Commission we saw examples in both large and small businesses of innovative approaches to this idea.  

Air New Zealand’s “High Performance Engagement” model is one useful example.  By involving workers in the full range of strategic decisions and change processes, Air New Zealand has not only seen significant productivity benefits, they have created far more harmonious workplace relations.  

In a number of the new smaller technology businesses we have seen flat management structures and workplace democracy in action that is core to the way they run their businesses. 

These companies give a significant voice to their employees, and have seen productivity growth and improved workplace relations as a result. We are working with MBIE and others to facilitate these approaches across a range of industries.”

Hon. Grant Robertson


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