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Well Balanced Work 

Figures from the latest New Zealand Diversity Survey show wellbeing/wellness and work-life balance are key challenges for our organisations. Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie asks are we really taking care of our greatest asset? 

Read the article>> Employment Today June 2015 

EEO Trust serves up lunchtime learning 

March saw the EEO Trust launch a new training offering for businesses keen to kickstart their diversity journey. These short sharp lunchtime training sessions offer your organisation the perfect diversity overview and an opportunity to examine the various issues that can arise in the workplace. They introduce the challenge of making judgements without questioning the bias on which they are made. 

Content is delivered in three customised sessions during the lunchtime period (45 mins) and brings the diversity platforms to life with examples and case studies from our Diversity Awards that include lifestyle choices, gender equity, religious beliefs, wellness programmes, parental leave and more.

In these sessions you will learn about:

  • Cultural diversity
  • Conscious and unconscious bias
  • Effectively managing an ageing workforce
  • Maximising the capability of younger workers
  • Employing people with diverse abilities
  • Preventing workplace bullying and harassment
  • Empowering women in the workplace and into leadership
  • Promoting wellness and work-life balance

Keen to stimulate your grey matter as well as your tastebuds over lunch? Register your interest and our customised training facilitator will be in touch. 

Second quarterly diversity survey results released

This week we have announced the results from our latest quarterly diversity survey conducted in conjunction with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and canvassing the opinions of more than a thousand businesses and organisations across New Zealand. Whilst there are a number of consistent findings from the first survey run in November 2013, there have been a couple of shifts in key measures with the diversity areas of focus being highlighted as an ageing workforce, staff wellbeing, flexible working and bullying and harrassment. Read the full story here.

Watch us on HRM online TV 

EEO Trust CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie discusses the importance of workplace diversity and how to address it. Click here to see the interview.  HRM ONLINE TV

Worrying poll on staff engagement

In New Zealand, we're fortunate to have one of the highest rates of employee engagement in the OECD but it's still just 24 per cent. According to the survey, 60 per cent of our workforce is not engaged - they're sleepwalking through work and doing the hours but not going the extra mile or feeling inclined to - and a further 16 per cent are actively disengaged, which means their unhappiness infuses everything they do at work.

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

3 March 2014

Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) New Zealand

News and Releases 

Congratulations Buddle Findlay for becoming a WEPs signatory

The law firm Buddle Findlay is the most recent organisation to join the Women’s Empowerment Principles.

Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Regional Pilot in Gisborne

Vicky Mee

The New Zealand WEPs committee has had great success in attracting signatories from companies based in the main centres but to date there has been little promotion of the WEPs in regional areas.  This is all changing in 2015!


Stories from our Social Media

A very on point assessment from a smart little girl regarding the limitations of her favourite toy.Facebook logo 20x20 twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Report highlights how more should be made of valuable insight offered by exit interview data and that organisations are missing out on opportunities to build a better workplace. Linkedin logo 20x18

Interesting article in the Herald this morning highlighting that now is the perfect time to evaluate your networking strategy and what you want it to achieve for you this year Facebook logo 20x20

A great example of how flexible working can be Facebook logo 20x20 twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Happy Chinese New Year! What will the year of the horse mean for you in the workplace? twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Research confirms flexible working arrangements should be top of the HR agenda for staff retention in 2014 twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Successful Kiwi women dominate the international news today - great inspiration for women everywhere twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

gender diverse workforce is not just good news for employees but for business bottom lines twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

UK work from home week highlights poll stating 36% of workers seek greater flexibility twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Employment confidence up amongst workers 30 - 50 years twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Knowing what type of bully you're dealing with helps resolve problems twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

One everyday accessibility issue most of us don’t think about: door knobs twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

This article explores the nuances of the wage gap: the fatherhood bonus and the mommy penalty Facebook logo 20x20

Staying on top of your work isn’t worth your health. Watch out for these gadget-induced illnesses Facebook logo 20x20

Could your organisation benefit from reciprocal mentoring? twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20

Learning to let go might be the best thing you've ever done, for both your career and your sanity  Linkedin logo 20x18

9 in 10 workers over the age of 50 are satisfied with their job. This report suggests this high level of satisfaction is related to being able to help out other people and being respected  Facebook logo 20x20

Only 24% of New Zealanders are actively engaged in their work and the world average is 13% - why so low? twitter-bird-white-on-blue - 20x20  Linkedin logo 20x18

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Older News Stories

Congratulations to New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, Edwina Pio - September 2013 

120 years but a long way to go - September 2013 

TV3 interview about gender equity - September 2013 

A night to remember - September 2013 

Workplace Bullying: too costly to ignore - September 2013 

On-going learning makes cents - September 2013

Defence Minister applauds NZDF EEO success - Septmeber 2013 

NZDF's programme takes Supreme Award at Diversity Award's NZ 2013 - September 2013

Defence Force takes top prize in Diversity Awards - August 2013 

Release of the Health and Wellbeing Index - July 2013

Shadowing a Leader - July 2013 

April 2013 Editorial - April 2013

MP Steps Down to Become EEO Commissioner - April 2013

Bias Bruises Business - March 2013 

Engineering Students in Pole Position - March 2013 

Living & Working in New Zealand's Most Diverse City - December 2012

In Bev we Trust - December 2012

New EEO Trust Leader - December 2012 

Congratulations to the EEO Trust's  Chairman - November 2012