Safety worries South Island executives says study

24 July 2017

Stuff recently reported that a survey of South Island chief executives revealed they were more worried about health and safety than about increasing sales or winning new markets.

Recruitment agency Sheffield conducted in-depth interviews with the heads of 60 medium to large companies and local authorities for its first leadership survey. When asked what kept them awake at night, workplace health and safety came out tops at 22 per cent, followed by building the leadership team, political or economic uncertainty (each 10 per cent), and attracting or retaining talent (8 per cent).

Only 3 per cent lost sleep over increasing sales, entering new markets and company reputation.

Sheffield director Mike Stenhouse said concerns about the new Health and Safety Act were to be expected with many respondents talking about accountability, compliance and the administrative burden.


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