What is diversity, besides a hot-topic subject right now? Quite simply, it's difference. Employing different types of people, genders, ages, ethnicity, cultures, etc. It's valuing what each individual can offer the project, the company, or the client. With lots of different types of people working in your organisation, you get many different opinions, viewpoints, ideas, and perspectives on things. Diversity makes sense too, with tons of research and data pointing to more successful business as a result of increased diversity.
- Diversity delivers a competitive edge
- Diversity delivers an attraction to better talent
- Diversity enhances decision making and presents alternate viewpoints
- Diversity can improve your image
- Diversity can increase productivity and engagement
Tools for Diversity
Sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, trying to formulate how to increase diversity in the workplace. Where to start, what to do, where should my resources be allocated. ACE New Zealand has found a few great resources to help you along the way, and the best part is that they are free. So check out the links below.
Change Together is the result of a year-long partnership between TechGirls Canada and TWG. This pilot project was designed to explore, test and report on a set of strategies for boosting gender and racial diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. This guide is comprised of a set of 11 unique policies and initiatives to address hiring and retention. Change Together serves as a do-it-yourself on-ramp to help TWG and other SME take steps toward diversifying their workplaces.
Download the free guidebook on Diversity for SMEs here.
Diversity Works NZ
Diversity Works (formerly the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust) is a national membership organisation, here to help business develop diverse and inclusive workplaces. They offer an annual Diversity Awards and Diversity Summit to recognise and facilitate networking opportunities within New Zealand to transform the workplace. They also offer a resource library with tools, articles, and other helpful links.
Checkout Diversity Works NZ resources here.
Health and Safety
With the recent update to the Health and Safety at Work Act, businesses now have increased responsibility to provide a safe working environment to staff, visitors and to promote safe activity for all New Zealanders.
WorkSafe New Zealand is the work health and safety regulator for New Zealand. In addition, other government agencies can be designated to carry out health and safety regulatory functions for certain work. In general, WorkSafe aims to monitor and enforce compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA), providing guidance, advice and information on health and safety.
They have a dedicated area on the site that focuses on health and safety issues in the construction industry, which you can view here. In addition, they provide quick quidelines to those who are managing or on a small construction site, view here.
ACE New Zealand and H&S
We are currently working with Worksafe to develop a set of industry guidelines that pertain more to engineering and the work we do on a daily basis. As we have updates to this initiative, they will be posted for Members only.
In late 2016, ACE New Zealand submitted feedback on the draft Worksafe Health and Safety by Design document. ACE New Zealand Members can view the draft document and the ACE New Zealand feedback here (note: this is only for ACE New Zealand Members, you will be asked to login to view).
In addition, we recently offered a Health and Safety Workshop just before our 2017 Annual Conference and are working on expanding much of the content of that workshop into an online webinar or other learning module available only for ACE New Zealand Members.
H&S for Directors and SMEs
Until we get our guidelines up and running, we are happy to point you in the direction of other potentially useful resources out there. Below find a few links to guidelines, advice or articles that may be of interest in the Health and Safety space for Directors, SMEs or business managers, put together jointly by WorkSafe and the Institute of Directors.