Transporting New Zealand is proud to launch the ๐——๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜…. This set of practices resources will go a long way towards adding depth and strength to the workforce in the road freight business.

The Toolbox, supported by Teletrac Navman New Zealand, emphasises how a diverse and well supported workforce can make any firm better. And a better place to work in.

It has a number of free downloadable tools and resources that can be used to foster diversity in the workplace, and make it a more inclusive environment.

The free resources can be downloaded or ordered directly by transport businesses at:

It is the latest part of the ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ, which sits within Transporting New Zealandโ€™s Te ara ki tua Road to success programme which aims to get more people into the road transport sector and give them a great career path.

The Toolbox focuses on three priority areas:

  • inclusive recruitment and hiring practices;
  • encouraging employees to speak up about workplace issues;
  • supporting employees who are neurodiverse, or who programmed face bullying /harassment, or are dealing with mental health issues.

The guidance and associated tools are useful for all transport businesses, whether diversity has been a priority for a while, or if a firm is taking its first steps towards supporting a more inclusive workplace.

Transporting New Zealand policy and projects advisor Billy Clemens says heโ€™s confident that trucking businesses of all sizes will find the resources and tools useful.

โ€œWe encourage all trucking operators to download or order the Diversity Toolbox resources. You might end up using the inclusive job advertisement template, sticking up one of the customisable posters in the smoko room, or reviewing your policies and processes against the best practice guidance.

โ€œThereโ€™s something in here for all transport businesses, even if youโ€™re one of the many operators already doing great work to create a supportive environment for all your staff.โ€

โ€œWeโ€™re grateful for the support and guidance from Teletrac Navman which has enabled the creation of the Diversity Toolbox and continuation of the Driving Change Diversity Programme,โ€ says Billy.

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜…

๐——๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—š๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ

A guide to making your job advertisements, position descriptions and interviewing practices appeal to a wider pool of applicants. With conservative estimates putting the current truck driver shortage at 2400, road freight businesses need to be casting a wide net.

๐—˜๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—จ๐—ฝ

A best-practice pamphlet for employers, providing guidance about how to encourage your staff to raise issues with management. Having good systems in place for your people is a key part of having an inclusive workplace. Itโ€™s often hard to be the one to speak up about discriminatory or unsafe behaviour at work, and even tougher for some workplace minorities.

๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ

A set of customisable workplace posters setting out a simple process for how to speak up in the workplace. This identifies unacceptable conduct (ranging from racist and sexist behaviour, to health and safety concerns), sets out what complainants can expect from their employer, as well as the correct supervisor or manager to contact. Itโ€™s a great option to display in break areas or staff kitchen.

๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜€

The โ€œSupporting Your Employeesโ€ booklet is an easy-to-read 8-page booklet focusing on three issues: how to deal with bullying, mental health problems and supporting neurodiverse employees. There is also a series of step-by-step processes that employers can compare against what they are doing currently.