What is EEO?

Equal employment opportunities (EEO) means eliminating barriers to ensure that all employees are considered for the employment of their choice and have the chance to perform to their maximum potential. Through EEO and effective diversity management, employers can make the most of New Zealand's increasingly diverse workforce.

What Is EEOEEO/diversity practices include hiring based on merit, fairness at work, flexible working options and promotion based on talent. They relate to all aspects of employment including recruitment, pay and other rewards, career development and work conditions.

EEO/diversity strategies are sound HR practices which enable employers to recruit the very best people from the diverse population, making the most of their skills, creativity and energy, strengthening employee engagement and improving productivity. Work-life initiatives are an important part of EEO as they enable people to perform to their full potential while still accommodating their commitments outside of work.


Reasons for committing to EEO

EEO/diversity practices are a powerful way to increase business efficiency, competitiveness and profitability. By supporting strategies that encourage merit-based management, organisations can recruit, retain and motivate the people they need to be successful.

An inclusive and tolerant workplace motivates employees to perform to the best of their ability. It promotes understanding between people creating a stronger and more focused team. And it enables people to balance their lives outside work with their responsibilities at work so they can be focussed and creative in all spheres of their lives.

Download Versatile Workplace - Business Success (1.3Mb pdf) to find out more about EEO and diversity management.

Benefits of becoming an EEO employer

  • Attract the best talent in a competitive labour market.
  • Enjoy higher employee satisfaction.
  • Build employee engagement.
  • Retain skilled staff as their life circumstances change.
  • Have a better public image with customers and the public.
  • Make the most of the diversity and skills within the workforce.
  • Be more effective, productive and competitive.
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