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Congratulations Work & Life Award Winners

Congratulations Work & Life Award Winners

The ANZ New Zealand and EEO Trust’s 2012 awards night was a fantastic celebration of stunning workplace initiatives. The Supreme winner’s moment on stage was a joy to witness. The Counties Manukau DHB’s Health Science academies had one of its school students from south Auckland accept the award. The teenager said she appreciated being in the academy as it is an honour to be able to achieve and have an opportunity to study toward a career in the health sector.

Supreme Winner 2012 ANZ & EEO Trust Work & life Awards – Counties Manukau District Health Board, Health Science Academies
Diversity Award Winner – Upper Hutt City Council
Work & Life Award Winner – Electrix
Skills Highway Winner – City Care
Tomorrow’s Workforce Winner – Counties Manukau District Health Board, Health Science Academies
Walk the Talk Winner – Shaun Brown, BUPA Care Services
The Minister of Women’s Affairs, and Senior Citizens, Jo Goodhew, presented the awards with Michael Barnett, Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust. Ms Goodhew praised all the entrants for identifying staff as one of their keys to business success. “By making better use of all your employees’ skills and developing new skills you have shown that this is not only good for staff, it is also good for business.” Ms Goodhew says she wants to encourage a culture where men and women of all ages are appreciated for who they are and what they contribute. She says the Government can encourage and support initiatives such as the NZX’s new diversity reporting rule that expects the top companies to list the number of women in senior roles and on their boards. However she adds; “Much of the work still lies ahead of us and ultimately these changes need to be driven by business leaders.” Ms Goodhew wants workplaces to encourage older people to remain active in the job market so their skills and knowledge can continue to be utilized. “I believe the challenge for employers is to work with older workers to explore options to keep them active in the workplace in flexible arrangements that benefit the individual and the employer.” The minister congratulated all the award entrants’ commitment to innovation and improving the working lives of their employees.

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