Such a great event for Bay of Plenty Business leaders, eager to solve the regions skilled labour shortage was held at Classic Flyers last Friday. Hot topics of discussion such as the Government's policy on Immigration, becoming an accredited employer and how to retain hard to source talent were addressed throughout the morning.
Steve McGill, from Immigration New Zealand Wellington was able to answer some of the current issues facing employers, and allay fears that the government would be cutting further numbers of hard to source migrants. Recognition that the government's aim is to tighten systems to ensure migrants who do enter New Zealand are here on legitimate grounds, with legitimate programmes provided and with pathways that lead to permanent employment are the key. Employers were encouraged to become accredited in the hope that this will mean migrants who want to live in New Zealand are guaranteed employment that is legitimate and while saving valuable time with visa processing.
The issues regarding retention of staff are many and varied. Studies show that the number one reason for migrants to leave a position is due to cultural issues. Another key issue is settling the accompanying family which results in unhappiness, dissatisfaction with the situation and can lead to many returning to their home country or moving within the sector to competitors. The ever present need to become 'Culturally Intelligent' in this ever changing globalised world was addressed, and the need to ensure staff both of the receiving community and those who are new to New Zealand are aware of the cultural issues which can affect the settling in process, productivity and ROI within the multi-cultural workplace.
For follow up questions regarding the pastoral care and cross-cultural training of your staff please contact Jean Morris at Cross-Cultural TransitioNZ email@example.com.