‘Sexuality’ irrelevant in Diversity Survey

The New Zealand Diversity Survey: Findings from the first four quarters
Report to EEO Trust by NZ Work Research Institute 22 October 2014
This reports overviews findings from the New Zealand Diversity Survey (NZDS) for the four quarterly analyses, undertaken between November 2013 and August 2014. Across the four iterations of the NZDS, the respondent population (which varied between 1468 and 750) was reasonably consistent in terms of organisation size and industry sector, and in terms of the overall survey findings.

The diversity issues most commonly perceived by respondents as most important to their organisation were wellbeing/wellness, aging workforce and flexibility. Other issues of concern were bias, ethnicity, gender, bullying and harassment, and employment transition for younger staff.

The diversity issues least commonly reported as most important were disability, sexuality and religion. For all issues, apart from flexibility and employment transition for youth, the likelihood of the issue being perceived as important increases as organisation size increases.

Flexible work arrangements offered to staff included teleworking, with approximately 60% of respondents’ organisations having staff that telework at least 1 day per week. Around half of respondents’ organisations have programmes to encourage valuable staff who take parental leave to return to work, with medium sized and large organisations being more likely to do this than their smaller counterparts.

Respondents’ organisations appear cognisant of the increasing need to engage older workers in the workforce, with just over half of respondents’ organisations encouraging the recruitment of workers over the age of 55 years. This practice appears to be independent of organisation size.

Nearly one-third of respondents’ organisations had reported incidents of bullying or harassment in the previous 12 months. Bullying or harassment reporting appears to be more prevalent in large organisations.