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Diversity in the news

Friday, Nov 4, 2016, by Sheryl Blythen

The business advantages of women in leadership, the 2016 Diversity Awards and the impact migration changes could have on New Zealand organisations have been in the media in the past month. The Credit Suisse Research Institute released its bi-annual CS Gender 3000 report reaffirming its prior findings that companies with a higher participation of women in decision-making roles continue to generate higher market returns and superior profits. The report also debunked the "Queen Bee" syndrome, which supposedly suggests that women who have made it to senior positions actively seek to exclude other women from promotions into top management. Read more Diversity Award winner Hell Pizza and entrant Connect Global have been profiled in the NZ Business magazine’s feature Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter. Hell General Manager Ben Cumming says, “Adopting a diverse workforce can have immeasurable benefits. Research shows that diversity in a group encourages productivity and morale, and our experience certainly supports that.” Read more Stuff.co.nz reports that more women than ever are running their own businesses according to a recent survey. MYOB's latest Business Monitor survey of more than 1000 small businesses found that 44 per cent of small business owners were now women. Four years ago this number was 30 per cent. Read more Population growth and immigration expert Professor Paul Spoonley told Radio New Zealand the changes to immigration numbers will need to be monitored to make sure it they don’t filter out workers New Zealand needs. The number of people eligible to become residents through the skilled migrant category has halved since the government's shake-up of immigration last month. Read more  

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