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Diversity in the news December 2016

Thursday, Dec 1, 2016, by Sheryl Blythen

The New Zealand Diversity Survey research, how to motivate millennials, increases in the number of women in the building industry and the value of apprenticeships have all garnered media interest in the past month. Findings from the New Zealand Diversity Survey around the number of local organisations who don’t have a policy in place to manage bullying and harassment in the workplace were covered by TVNZ, All Kiwi firms urged to have anti-bullying policy, and NZ Business magazine, Kiwi businesses vulnerable around workplace bullying. The survey also showed that many employers are missing the opportunity to engage with older workers, which featured in an HRM Online Are you neglecting older employees? and the Newshub piece Businesses not prepared for aging workforce. NZ Business magazine’s Diversity rules for small businesses commented on the increase the survey revealed in the number of small organisations with policies or initiatives in place to address important diversity issues such as wellbeing, aging, disability in the workplace and bias. Our building boom has contributed to an increase in the number of women in the industry, the New Zealand Herald reports. Statistics show that in three years the percentage of women in construction has increased from 8 to 12 per cent. And it's not just in the hands-off stuff; women are eschewing the office and grabbing hold of the hammer. A friendly pat on the back and a reassuring word no longer cuts it when it comes to keeping millennials happy at work, Bloomberg reports. More than three-quarters of UK workers age 18 to 24 say company perks are crucial to their job satisfaction, according to a survey by Perkbox, a company that sells employee gifts. Stuff.co.nz reported that ANZ has been named the supreme winner of the YWCA Equal Pay Awards for a second successive year. Minister for Women Louise Upston presented the awards and said more employers should take up equal pay practices. "Until women have equal rights, equal choice, equal opportunities, equal expectations and are valued equally, our work will continue." Companies should be investing in apprenticeships, according to an article in HRMOnline. “Dollar for dollar, no workforce training method packs as much punch as apprenticeship,” said Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the Institute of Workplace Skills and Innovation. ASB won the Deloitte Top 200 Diversity Leadership Award announced in Auckland last night. Judges of the award said ASB stood out from other finalists as being the most advanced in its Diversity and Inclusivity programme.

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