Investment firm RIVAL Wealth is a Wairarapa-based business that’s committed to flexible work and has been able to support staff through everything from a broken ankle to terminal illness, while keeping the right people on board to grow the business.
At the 2018 Diversity Awards NZ, held at a gala dinner at the Cordis Auckland on August 29, Tim and Carissa Fairbrother’s business won the Work Life Award up against a number of significantly larger organisations.
RIVAL Wealth was founded in 2008 and ten years on has 2,800 clients and 17 staff. To accommodate potential staff members who couldn’t commit to working fulltime, the couple decided to offer flexible working arrangement to all their staff and create an excellent work-life balasnce in the process.
The 2018 Diversity Awards NZ™, recognising organisations that champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace, attracted a record 93 entries this year. The gala dinner was attended by more than 700 business representatives from the public and private sector and the Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues.
Diversity Awards NZ 2018 Award winners:
Supreme Award: New Zealand Defence Force
Empowerment Award – Ministry of Justice
Tomorrow’s Workforce Award – Fletcher Building
Skills Highway Award – Griffin’s
Positive Inclusion Award – MidCentral District Health Board
Cultural Celebration Award joint winner – New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
Cultural Celebration Award joint winner – Waitemata District Health Board
Work Life Balance Award – RIVAL Wealth
Walk the Talk Award Walk the Talk – Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala, Sudima Hotels & Resorts
Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award – New Zealand Defence Force
Highly Commended Recommendations:
Primary Industry Training Organisation – Diversability Award
Cargill Enterprises – Skills Highway Award
IAG New Zealand – Work Life Balance Award
Xero – Work Life Balance Award
St John Youth – Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award