Heartbeats, not headcounts: Here are all the winners of the 2019 Humankind Awards

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Heartbeats, not headcounts: Here are all the winners of the 2019 Humankind Awards

The winners of the 2019 Humankind Employee Experience (EX) Workplace and Inspiration Awards were announced last week, which celebrate the companies that are creating the best possible experience for their employees. Top honours went to Xero, Overland Footwear, Lysaght Consulting, Cake Commercial and Balance Agri-Nutrients. As well as this, the director of people experience at Auror Kirsti Grant was named the EX Designer of the Year.


It’s not often you stumble across a ten-year-old New Zealander hosting a business podcast, but then again, most nine-year-olds aren’t like self-proclaimed budding entrepreneur Eli Smit. After discovering Smit as our Emerging Talent, we will be hosting season two of Smit's podcast on Idealog. In this episode, Smit chats with the former global director of media at Xero, Pat Macfie. Macfie has built up a reputation of building high performing global creative teams and has partnered with several premium global brands across his career. Here, he talks about his passion for his culture, storytelling and inspiring the next generation.

Wellbeing Month

In 2019, companies are more focused than ever on the health and happiness of their staff, as wellbeing becomes increasingly seen as a key indicator of success along economic value by governments – including our very own – and organisations across the world. This is because while the corporate world has long seen the bottom line as the be all and end all, companies are increasingly taking a more holistic view and recognising that looking after the wellbeing of their people will in turn make their bottom line healthier, too. We reached out to the people in charge of wellbeing policies at some of New Zealand's top companies and asked what they're focused on for this year and why. Here's what FCB, Isthmus, RUSH, Southern Cross, Xero and Trade Me responded.

Taking flight

It’s a strong point of contention when a successful Kiwi company gets bought out by an overseas investor, many question its loyalty to our local economy, however a new report conducted by Callaghan Innovation has tracked the exits of companies over fifteen years ago and worked out where that money has gone. It shows that fifteen years after one of New Zealand’s largest tech companies was sold to a US buyer for around $100 million, Kiwi entrepreneurs have created at least nine businesses worth more $1 billion each. It suggests rather that global success breeds local growth. We chat to the CEO of Callaghan Innovation, Victoria Crone, about the findings from the latest Callaghan Innovation report.

A day in the life, brought to you by Hummingbird

Craig Hudson is the managing director for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands of Xero, which makes beautiful accounting software. He shares how he gets through the day, how he organises his time and how he handles the madness of business.

Best of 2018

We’d like to think (completely unbiasedly) that Idealog unleashed some top-notch stories on the world this year. But don’t just take our word for it – take our readers’ word for it. To recap on the year that was, according to you, feast your eyes on the top ten most well-read stories on Idealog over the course of 2018.

Design for a better world

If you’re around Auckland's Wynyard Quarter, you might notice a bit of an art project going on next to Te Wero Bridge. Xero's Craig Hudson shares what it's all about - and how every company can be sustainable.

Live or die by the digital sword

Whether you’re a suburban travel agent, a plumber or a hairdresser, customers now expect the same convenient and instant service they enjoy and expect from world-famous online stores and more local household brands, says Xero's Nigel Piper.