Overland Footwear has been named the Overall Winner of IBM's Best Workplaces 2017. This is the third time Overland has been awarded the title in the past 18 years.

The well known and trusted footwear retailer has an array of branches scattered throughout New Zealand with its base in Newmarket, Auckland. Overland Footwear beat 42 other finalists and walked away with New Zealand's longest running and largest measure of employee engagement. The Awards are based on employee perceptions of their workplace in a confidential survey across key metrics including leadership, culture, recognition, and engagement. The footwear brand also received a ten year acknowledgement in the Best Workplaces League Awards.

"Earning the tile of New Zealand's Best Workplace is a valuable differentiator for employers aiming to attract and retain top talent. The IBM Best Workplaces Awards recognise excellence in employee engagement and workplace culture based on perceptions of the organisation's own staff, people who know the culture best," explained Emma Martin, senior consultant at IBM New Zealand.

The survey saw over 35,000 employees from 173 organisations including 27 newcomers – making it the largest study of its kind in New Zealand.