High Performance Engagement is about employee participation.
While employee participation initiatives are not new in New Zealand they are gaining significant momentum and support:
"Over the past five years, the airline has introduced a High Performance Engagement programme in conjunction with the unions"
"Air New Zealand has spent the past 18 months working with its staff and unions on high performance engagement designed to lift productivity by allowing worker participation in decision-making."
"As unprofitable Government-owned rail operator KiwiRail struggles to reduce its reliance on Crown funding, it’s hoping a new agreement with unions will boost productivity. It’s close to finalising a memorandum of understanding with the Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) and other unions on high performance engagement (HPE) with its 4000 staff, a move only a handful of New Zealand companies have made, although it’s common globally."
In 2017 the Ministry of Health NZ began a High Performance High Engagement initiative for District Health Boards:
The Ministry’s role, as one of the tripartite parties, is to provide assistance to DHBs entering HPHE. Some funding has been approved and as DHBs engage in development work and training and any resultant work with consultants they will be able to access funding.