Rural insurer putting people first the only Kiwi business to receive international honour for employee engagement.

FMG would like to acknowledge the efforts of Matt Harvey who was one of just 10 finalists worldwide in the Manager of the Year category of the 2022 Gallup Global Workplace awards. While Matt didn’t take out the top prize the rural insurer is proud of him and thrilled to again be recognised, after being named one of 40 Gallup Exceptional Workplaces from around the world earlier this year.

According to Gallup winners of the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award consistently put people, both employees and customers, and their values at the center of their decision-making. In doing so, these organisations reap the benefits of high engagement – improved outcomes in retention, productivity, profitability, and safety. They’re also better positioned to be able to respond to the next disruption than their competitors.

As an award winner, FMG ranks among a select group of organisations around the globe, as well as being the only one from New Zealand. Matt’s nomination is another feather in FMG’s cap as a workplace that puts its people first.

Chief People Officer Pete Frizzell says the recognition shows a focus on wellbeing drives better outcomes.

“It also speaks to the importance of a strong values led culture for overall performance, even more so in a tight labour market. It’s so critical to be a great place to work. To value your employees and their wellbeing so they bring their whole selves to the job and feel supported so they can thrive.”

Pete says the company is reaping the rewards from having a highly engaged workforce.

“FMG is going from strength to strength as a New Zealand owned and operated business that recognizes the importance of putting people first and supporting our rural communities. As a mutual we don’t pay a dividend to shareholders. 100% of our profits go back into the business.”

He says FMG’s balanced approach establishes relationships between profitability, customer loyalty, employee satisfaction, loyalty, and productivity.

“Profit and growth are stimulated primarily by client loyalty. Loyalty is a direct result of client engagement. Client engagement is largely influenced by the value of services provided to customers. Value is created by motivated, loyal and productive employees,” says Pete.

“This recognition from Gallup shows how effective this strategy is. Everybody wins when employee wellbeing is made a top priority.”

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