The busi­ness world is chang­ing quickly

The Northland Age - - Local News -

New Zealand’s labour mar­ket is chang­ing rapidly, and busi­nesses are be­gin­ning to see the im­pact of in­creased im­mi­gra­tion, the rise of the mil­len­ni­als and a large co­hort of ag­ing work­ers elect­ing to stay in paid em­ploy­ment for longer.

Those is­sue will be ad­dressed by the 2018 Di­ver­sity Road­show: The Work­force of the Fu­ture, which will be in Whangarei on Thurs­day next week, March 8, giv­ing North­land em­ploy­ers the chance to find out how they can fu­ture-proof their busi­nesses by en­gag­ing with em­ploy­ees across a di­verse range of ages and cul­tures.

The road­show se­ries is run by Di­ver­sity Works New Zealand, in part­ner­ship with the New Zealand Cham­bers of Com­merce.

“Di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion in the work­place brings many busi­ness ben­e­fits — a so­lu­tion to skills short­ages, a bet­ter abil­ity to con­nect with cus­tomers and clients, bet­ter de­ci­sion-mak­ing, a more en­gaged team, higher pro­duc­tiv­ity and a com­pet­i­tive edge,” says Di­ver­sity Works chief ex­ec­u­tive Bev Cas­sidy-Macken­zie said.

“But it also comes with chal­lenges, and means or­gan­i­sa­tions must adapt their prac­tices and poli­cies to en­sure they have a good em­ployer brand and ac­cess to the top tal­ent in their sec­tor.”

Fletcher Build­ing’s lead­er­ship pro­gramme man­ager Emma Collins will ex­plain how that com­pany’s Whakat­apu Ma¯ori Lead­er­ship pro­gramme was en­sur­ing the busi­ness had a higher rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Ma¯ori in lead­er­ship roles, a more di­verse lead­er­ship team, and staff who were able to re­flect and en­gage with di­verse clients. ■ 9.30am-11am at Or­chard Busi­ness & Event Hub, Cnr Cameron and Wal­ton St, Cham­ber and DWNZ mem­bers $15, oth­ers $25, both plus GST.

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CHAL­LENGES: Di­ver­sity Works CEO Bev Cas­sidyMacken­zie — di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion ben­e­fit busi­ness.

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