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:
Keen to stimulate your grey matter as well as your tastebuds over lunch? Register your interest firstname.lastname@example.org and our customised training facilitator will be in touch.
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.
EEO Trust CEO Bev Cassidy-Mackenzie discusses the importance of workplace diversity and how to address it. Click here to see the interview.
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.
A best practice guidance booklet produced by Worksafe New Zealand and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) was released today. 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.
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In Bev we Trust - December 2012