EEO & Diversity Research
This page provides links to the latest national and international research, news and resources on EEO, diversity and work life balance.
A recent report from OCG Consulting shows New Zealand companies know the workforce is aging and 58% predict this will have a large or very large impact on their business – but only 18% of employers have specific strategies in place for aging workforce participation. The vast majority of the 864 jobseekers and 56 senior business people who responded to the survey also believed older workers offered the senior experience lacking in many industries. But this knowledge doesn’t seem to be extending into hiring decisions. Read More
More and more people are working from home and it turns out they might be more productive than their counterparts who dutifully put in their 9-5 at the office. In this recent study of workers in New Zealand and Australia it was found that workers who worked in a hybrid situation of a few days in the office and a few days working remotely were the most productive. Researchers believe this is due to increased levels of satisfaction with their work situation as ‘there is a strong link between happiness and productivity’. Read more...
At some point or another everyone has wondered ‘can I really be myself at work?’ – the answer may finally be here. In a recent study by researchers in the US and the UK it was found that employees being able to socialise as their authentic selves at work led to greater customer satisfaction rates and improved employee retention after six months on the job. It was also found that after engaging in this authentic form of socialisation employees were more engaged and satisfied with their work. Read more...
Work is an important aspect of anyone’s life, but research suggests it is even more crucial to those who are suffering from mental illness. This literature review from UK researchers explores the role paid work plays in the lives of people with mental illnesses and concludes that continuous stable employment is important to recovery because it helps solidify self-identity and build self-esteem. These researchers argue for reasonable accommodation of employees needs to be made including flexible working hours, providing a quieter workplace and more involved supervision. Read more...
The results of the New Zealand General Social Suvery 2012 are in and ready to be used, but you may need some help in understanding the results. Check out the power presentation below for an overview of how you can use this knowledge to improve your workplace.