A diverse workforce is one inclusive of people of various genders, ages, cultural backgrounds and people with physical and mental disabilities.

But how many organisations in New Zealand can claim to truly have a diverse workforce? Many may meet the diversity criteria for one area, such as age, but fall short when it comes to another, such as gender representation.

In this white paper we explore the current situation in New Zealand workplaces in terms of gender, age, multiculturalism and disability representation. We look at the barriers preventing real diversity. Finally we share six practical steps you can implement in order to create a totally inclusive organisation and retain it by successfully managing individual differences.

Supporting our suggestions are the findings from a survey of 303 New Zealand employers and candidates, conducted in late 2014.

As a results-orientated company, we hope the strategies detailed herein will help you achieve a lasting and positive impact in your world of work.