Research reports

The New Zealand Aged Care Workforce Survey

The demand for an aged care workforce in New Zealand is predicted to increase significantly in the near and long term future. At the same time, pay and conditions for employees in the sector have come under scrutiny. While population demographics have been used to predict the supply and demand for aged care employees, there is little data about the current workforce in New Zealand. Furthermore, there are few, if any, opportunities for national benchmarking of workforce trends such as turnover, labour supply, training and wellbeing factors.
The 2016 Report
The 2014 Report

Understanding Insecure Work

This project began by asking what could learned from the second Survey of Working Life (SoWL) released by Statistics NZ. While some excellent analytic work had resulted from the first SoWL in 2008, there was little official work planned on the second survey, and many issues around insecure work in NZ remained to be addressed.
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Religious Diversity in New Zealand Workplaces

This report focusses on the need to acknowledge that we are now also more religiously diverse than ever before and if we are to live up to our reputation as being one the world’s most peaceful countries then we need to  respect, understand and educate ourselves about all New Zealanders faiths and cultures.
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Ageing Workforce Survey

In order to gain a better understanding of the issues that NZ organisations need to address when engaging an aging workforce, the New Zealand Work Research Institute and their research partners from Massey and the University of Waikato conducted a survey of almost 300 EEO Trust organisational members.

Understanding the Needs of NZ's Ageing Workforce
This study aims to gain a better understanding of the needs of New Zealand’s mature-age workers, particularly how management practices impact on the retention, productivity and wellbeing of our ageing workforce.

Managing an Ageing Workforce
This briefing document provides guidance for managers implementing or reviewing organisational systems and practices for engaging older workers within their organisations.

Engaging Older Workers Productively
This report shows that while there may be negative attitudes to older workers there was an awareness of the experience and loyalty of older workers. This report also looks at flexible work arrangements for older workers and age strategies in place.

The 2015 New Zealand Workplace Violence Survey

The Work Research Institute, in collaboration with the Healthy Work Group of Massey University, are in the process of analysing data from the 2015 version of the New Zealand Workplace Violence Survey. The 2015 survey, which is the fourth such study, examines the violence experience of approximately 150 New Zealand organisations, including perceptions of risk and intervention measures used to address violence risk.  Findings will be reported on this website in the near future.
The 2012 survey report is available from the Institute office.

The New Zealand Diversity Survey

In 2013, the New Zealand Work Research Institute partnered with Diversity Works (then known as the EEO Trust) and the Chamber of Commerce, Northern, to survey New Zealand organisations about a broad range of diversity issues. The New Zealand Diversity Survey has been conducted on a quarterly basis and reported bi-annually.
Diversity Survey Results – October 2016
Diversity Survey Results – April 2016
Diversity Survey Results – October 2015
Diversity Survey Results – April 2015
Diversity Survey Results – November 2014
Diversity Survey Results – October 2014

The State of the Tertiary Education Sector in New Zealand – 2013

This survey, commissioned by TEU and undertaken by the Work Research Institute reveals a sector working in fear. It comes after 59 reviews and restructures, across 16 different tertiary institutions, affecting over 350 staff members, during March and April alone.

Telework Briefing

In 2013, the NZ Work Research Institute conducted a research study of telework in New Zealand and Australia organisations. As part of the study, we conducted a comprehensive interview programme with senior managers and team managers in 27 New Zealand organisations of varying size and drawn from  sectors commonly associated with telework. We have distilled the key lessons on managing telework that we gained from these organisations into a Telework Briefing document, in order to provide guidance for managers implementing or reviewing telework within their organisations.
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Trans-Tasman Telework Survey

Telework offers many potential benefits for organisations including productivity improvements, employee retention, and other forms of competitive advantage. The primary aim of this study was to examine manager and employee perspectives on telework productivity and wellbeing. The study surveyed almost 100 HR and team managers and over 1800 staff across 50 Australian and New Zealand organisations.
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A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain

Associate Professor Simon Mowatt and Professor Howard Cox (University of Worcester, UK) are pleased to announce the publishing of their book "Revolutions from Grub Street: A History of Magazine Publishing in Britain". In a narrative spanning over 300 years, the book draws together a wide range of new and existing sources to provide the first comprehensive business history of magazine-making in Britain.
Read more about the book here.