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Employers urged to bridge New Zealand's current 'diversity divide'

Employers urged to bridge New Zealand's current 'diversity divide'
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New Zealand

While diversity and inclusion are firmly on the agenda for New Zealand workplaces, 2018 Randstad Employer Brand Research reveals just 46 percent of employees believe that NZ businesses have successfully developed a diverse and inclusive culture.

The research also revealed a significant gap or ‘diversity divide’ between what employees and employers consider a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Surprisingly, only 17 percent of New Zealanders see diversity and inclusion as an important factor when choosing an employer. However, this is a different story once they are employed by a company.

More than half of NZ workers (53 percent) stated that employers needed to provide clearer channels for communication and feedback in relation to addressing diversity and inclusion issues.

This apparent diversity divide suggests that issues related to diversity and inclusion are only important to employees once they have joined a company, reiterating the importance of getting it right during the recruitment process.

Katherine Swan, country director of Randstad New Zealand more action is needed to bridge this diversity divide. 

"Employers need to improve how they communicate their specific policies on issues like work life balance and mental health to candidates during the recruitment process.  Employees also need to get better at doing their own homework, asking the tough questions upfront to ensure cultural alignment and avoid any surprises down the track.”

The research found 96 percent of respondents agreed that alignment of personal values with company culture is a key factor in achieving workplace satisfaction. 

The first wave of Randstad research findings also revealed:

  • Close to two thirds (62 percent) of New Zealanders feel the greatest sense of inclusion when an employer offers flexible work options, regardless of circumstance;
  • More than one third (34 percent) of employees said work life balance (or lack of) was one of the top five reasons to leave their current role;  
  • Women seek out companies offering a good work life balance when choosing their new employer and women are more likely to leave an employer due to a lack of flexible work options. 
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Katherine Swan
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Randstad New Zealand
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