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Workforce Capability

Retaining, attracting and growing our people

The Treasury has over 400 employees working across a diverse array of functions working towards higher living standards for New Zealanders.

To help the Government meet the challenges facing New Zealand in a demanding and fluid environment and within finite resources, we need a diverse range of specialist skills and experiences, with expertise in leadership, engagement and influencing skills backed with high strategic agility to join the dots, and practical ability to get the job done. And to perform effectively and to sustain that effort in the long run, we need to ensure that our staff feel valued for, and passionate about, the work they do.

Our workforce strategy guides the way we attract, grow and retain our people. Doing this successfully means a mix of attracting new staff and continuing to grow the capability in-house of existing staff.

Growing or building the skills we need now involves a more systematic approach to staff development to ensure we are well placed to deliver our vision and target outcomes. Examples of our investment during this year included implementing:

  • a technical skills training programme designed to increase the skills for a high-performing finance ministry
  • a revised graduate programme to provide new graduates with a systematic training programme comprising induction, coaching, 90-day plans and 20 different training programmes covering both technical and behavioural skills, and
  • career planning and retirement planning courses.

We also continued to focus on lifting the level of staff engagement. This is a strong indicator of success for our change programme. We ran our first Kenexa employee engagement survey in November 2013. The survey had a participation rate of 93% and the results show an overall engagement index of 70%, with 22% of Treasury staff being fully engaged.

Direct comparison with previous years' results using the Gallup Q12 survey is not possible owing to differences in the measures, but the Treasury's results compare well relative to Kenexa's client set of State sector organisations. The Treasury was above the State sector benchmark in 33 of the standard survey questions, on par with the benchmark for another 22 and below the benchmark in five.

We scored well in the questions that most strongly correlate with overall engagement, with empowerment, having a genuine opportunity to contribute and being able to challenge the status quo.

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