Budget ignores workforce pressures

Waikato Management School Associate Professor Maree Roche. Photo: Supplied.

Pressures on business and workplaces to return to ‘business as usual' have been overlooked in the Government's Budget, according to a leading researcher from the University of Waikato.

Waikato Management School Associate Professor Maree Roche says Budget 22 does nothing to support workplace productivity.

'The last two to three years have really challenged and changed attitudes towards the workplace, and have also resulted in a high rate of burnout and fatigue.

'What we could be looking at is the biggest change in the nature and understanding of ‘going to work' since the industrial revolution of the late 1700s.”

Dr Roche says the situation has been perpetuated in the Māori workforce where there is more pressure to recruit, develop and retain Māori staff.

'The State Sector Act has put increased pressure on organisations to recruit and retain Māori, but organisations are left to do this with a very limited understanding of the implications of resourcing a Māori workforce – let alone the increased pressure that places on Māori workers.”

Dr Roche has undertaken research in this area and says there is evidence that businesses need better support to respond to the requirements of a more diversified workforce.

'The past few years have also shown us that we are not going to return to BAU for business.

'Staff, managers and customers have struggled during the pandemic. They have coped with adapting and pivoting, as well as working overtime, with new processes, technologies and expectations, and they have done this while placing their own and whānau health in a secondary position.”

Dr Roche says workplace productivity and employee engagement may be at an all-time low.

She is calling on the Government to pay much greater attention to the changed nature of work and put a plan in place to develop skilled workers in New Zealand and recognise the exhausting role organisations, leaders and employees have played in supporting our economy through the pandemic.

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Posted on 28-05-2022 12:00 | By Let's get real

When you have Members of Parliament or Councillors that have limited or no exposure to business management and have only gained a seat for diversity reasons, how can anyone expect to get quality decision making. What makes anyone believe that someone with an Arts degree or a union organiser will be able to understand business development or hospital management...?


Posted on 28-05-2022 14:03 | By Kancho

Productivity A bad name in NZ . Government loves to spend and often badly but the economy has to pay for it . Sadly we low income families pay too much tax in comparison , higher get , taxed in every dollar in comparison to other countries New Zealand's GDP per capita is 30% below the average of the top half of the OECD. ... and hours worked per capita are now 17% higher in New Zealand than the average of the top half of the OECD. So working harder but not smarter. Government has tax on top of tax and push up inflation by increasing costs to businesses. People have to be employable whatever race. Difficult without skills like literacy and math etc of school leavers so low. Forty five percent school truancy hardly a good work ethic . So no surprises.

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