The Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) Trust is a national body mandated by government to provide support to employers around the issue of equal opportunities and diversity in the workplace.
The EEO Trust assists employers in introducing and managing proven EEO thinking and practices, encourages diversity by promoting the recruitment and development of people on the basis of merit and generates awareness of the business benefits and rewards of an inclusive workplace.
Based in Auckland, the EEO Trust works with employers around New Zealand providing the latest resources, ideas and information to support workplaces to achieve success through effectively managing diversity. The EEO Trust is resourced by fees from member organisations and Government contributions. It is governed by a Board of Trustees.
Tomorrow is national Walk2Work Day. So tell your friends, leave the car at home, dig out your walking shoes and take the first steps to a healthy 2014.
If you're interested click here to find out more and tomorrow send the EEO a tweet about how you and others at your office walked to work and reminded themselves of the importance of a healthy work/life balance.
If you have not joined us before, our diversity breakfast series is an opportunity for you to take time out of your busy schedule and reflect on your organisations' diversity journey and where to next whilst listening to an inspirational speaker over a croissant and coffee.
This month we are delighted to welcome Minister Paula Bennett to share what the government is doing around the issue of the changing face of the workforce and what organisations need to consider to stay competitive. With a looming labour shortage and people working for longer, it is more important than ever to understand how to effectively engage with employees of all ages.
If this is an area which you are keen to learn more about, then following up our diversity breakfast with this workshop could be just the thing. Focusing on strategies for effectively engaging with young people in the workplace, this session will equip you with the thinking and practical tools you need to make sure you are not missing out on the skills and persepctive a young employee can bring to your business.
Find out more and how to book for either of these events here.
In an interview with the New Zealand Herald, EEO Trust Chief Executive Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie, talks about why employee engagement should be high on the list of strategic priorities for organisations of all sizes and the business benefits realised by those who develop a culture that motivates and rewards staff. Read the full article here.
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held across the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.
Since the inception of International Women's Day back in the early 1900's, the world has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.
This is a great opportunity to consider how far women have come in the workplace but also to focus on the future. So make a difference, think globally and act locally, make every day a celebration of women and their contribution to society.
A best practice guidance booklet produced by Worksafe New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) was released on 20 February. It provides a useful resource with options and practical examples of how to prevent and respond to workplace bullying and harrassment. It can be used by both employers and employees to help define workplace bullying as well as providing tools for managing it. Download a copy here.
EEO Trust CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie discusses the importance of workplace diversity and how to address it. Click here to see the interview.
EEO Trust CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie welcomes the findings and subsequent recommendations of this report, following the review of the experiences of women in uniform in the New Zealand Defence Force.
Cassidy-Mackenzie acknowledges that good progress has been made in gender equity for women in the NZ defence forces but that there are still improvements to be made which the report's key recommendations will go some way to address.
Read the report in our research section.