Kiwi businesses want to work smarter, not harder
10 July 2017
It’s not all about business growth
We discovered that 78% of New Zealand businesses prize their work-life balance, and see it as being just as important as growth. Many are more interested in working smarter in the hours they set aside for business, and want to focus on productivity and efficiency (58%) rather than growth for growth’s sake.
Attitudes to growth*
*Findings from From Risk to Reward
Human capital is a valuable business asset
When we asked businesses what factors have the biggest impact on their success or failure, five out of the top seven factors they listed related to people.
Employers are looking for staff who:
- have the right skill-set
- are reliable
- fit with the company culture.
They’re also conscious of the importance of a strong leadership team that demonstrates self-belief and confidence.
Ensuring retention of the right management skills for the business was an important factor for business success.
Overcoming risks to drive growth and success
The businesses surveyed stated that competitor activity and a lack of product quality could hinder growth and success, but that good planning, adequate access to funding and having the right people were mitigating factors and key ingredients to success.
Good planning, adequate access to funding and having the right people are key ingredients to success.
Funding and human capital came up again when we broached the subject of risk.
Many felt that these critical success components come with significant risk attached, but admitted that that risk is also inextricably linked to growth and opportunity.
Our respondents also identified a range of other risks, including:
- rising input costs
- compliance costs
- market manipulation
- competitor activity
- rising debt.
Respondents said organisations that effectively manage risk seem to benefit from better decision-making, and are often focused on growing a diverse and robust business able to withstand tough economic conditions.
“Organisations that effectively manage risk seem to benefit from better decision making”
75% said they manage risk by finding new ways to grow
67% said they had insurance in place to cover key risks
21% favour strategic planning
17% focus on process management
11% invest in market research
9% prioritize staff training
The clear message was that to succeed (whether that means pure growth, or greater efficiency and productivity) while achieving work-life balance, risk in all its forms must be properly managed.