What's really happening with women in the NZ workplace? A summary of findings and recommendations

Convergence Partners

Over the last decade, the imbalance of female representation at senior levels in business, and the inequality in career advancement and compensation has drawn increasing scrutiny, both within the media and from organisations themselves.

Beyond the headlines, how much is really known about women's ambitions, and their perceptions of the barriers to advancement?

As an executive recruitment company with a team of long tenured recruitment practitioners, Convergence Partners are in a privileged position to hear women's personal perspectives first-hand, as well as enjoying a vantage point to view the broad spectrum of ways in which organisations attempt to address issues of inequality and diversity.

These experiences compelled us to seek a deeper appreciation for the complex mix of aspirations, perceptions and impediments that underlie these challenges.

We collaborated with Massey University’s People, Organisation, Work and Employment Research (MPOWER) Group, to investigate women’s career progress and aspirations.

A national online survey was designed to provide a comprehensive critique of women's current career status and plans, and to identify key challenges to their career progress and what would help them advance in the workplace. The survey was launched via The Sunday Star Times, and distributed to HRINZ members, and via Convergence Partners, MPOWER and the Ministry for Women’s networks. A total of 828 women with a diverse range of personal and work-related characteristics responded to the survey.

Statistical and qualitative analyses confirmed many commonly held perceptions of the status of women in the workplace, but also revealed some interesting new findings:

Respondents’ comments indicate that there is a considerable range of initiatives that organisations can undertake in seeking to ameliorate women’s career progress in NZ workplaces. We hope you find this summary report insightful and useful, and can apply this information within your organisation.

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