Annya Newman talks about the Apis culture and her involvement in shaping the business

Annya gives her insights into Apis and what it means to her to work with us:

Annya Newman talks about the Apis culture and her involvement in shaping the business

Annya joined Apis over 7 years ago having worked in government and the private sector previously. She is a Principal Consultant leading and advising on large and complex programs. Currently working with one of the central agencies Annya is at the forefront of establishing the Department’s reform programme which will set the scene for the organisation over the next 3 years. The reform will result in operating improvements for staff across the organisation supporting a move to specialisation and a focus on efficiencies. In addition to working with our clients Annya has significant involvement in the shaping of the Apis business-she has been responsible for developing and delivering our approach to professional development and helping shape our common values and behaviours.

She gives her insights into Apis and what it means to her to work with us:

Cultural fit is what keeps me here

The Apis culture is second to none, the sense of comradeship and genuine team work is at the core of the Apis business. Many organisations talk about culture but few have mastered the balance which results in staff living and breathing common values and behaviours that ultimately get better company results. At Apis I think we have it right. It’s knowing your colleagues have your back, it’s the ability to mould into roles and teams quickly based on what is needed at the time and back each other to succeed.

It’s about having the opportunity to shape our business

Whilst working at Apis I have had the opportunity to see the company grow from a small company of less than thirty to our current size of over sixty full time staff. The journey of our growth has meant at times we have had some growing pains where we needed to strike the balance between have a level of systemisation whilst still remaining agile in our approach. One such initiative which I had the opportunity to play a key role in was the development of our shared values and behaviours. Sitting down and forcing yourself to think about what is at the core of your business is challenging and even more challenging to articulate. However, it was worth the effort as those values still stand true today and are ingrained into the organisation.

Another initiative I had the opportunity to play a key role in was the development and ongoing oversight of the organisation’s professional development program. At Apis we pride ourselves in providing on the challenging job opportunities supported by staff who are great at what they do. The program is also coupled with a suite of formal and informal courses both industry and in-house bespoke courses. The formula of on the job and targeted courses and forums is proving to bring out the best in our people and support retention.

It gives me an insight into our business and builds my capability in this area

Being part of a business where you work alongside the owners means you have the unique opportunity to help influence and shape the business. Having the ability to influence and help grow the business is a rare and genuine opportunity and brings with it a sense of accomplishment. Being exposed to running a business provides insights into where our focus areas are and how I can help address the current focus of the business. These opportunities to contribute to the shape of our business has also enabled me to develop myself professionally outside of what you would expect in a consulting role.

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