The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2013-08-01T01:30:50Z Hidden bias prevents gender equality in the workplace 2013-08-01T01:30:50Z hidden-bias-prevents-gender-equality-in-the-workplace WITH millions of employees struggling to strike a balance between family and work life, Australian workplaces are urged to encourage employees to choose flexible working arrangements that positively impact career advancement.  A qualitative research study by The 100% Project has found that both men and women unconsciously believe that their careers would suffer if they asked their employer for flexible working arrangements. Yet both men and women are equally committed to the idea of spending quality time with their families and having a rich, full life outside of work.  The study also revealed that whilst women and men say they would both like to have work-life balance, their unconscious bias perceives work-life balance policies and flexible working arrangements as appropriate for women only. As a result, men are very unlikely to ask their employers for flexible working arrangements that allow them to contribute meaningfully to their family and the communities in which they live. Dr Fiona Page, The 100% Project’s Director and Chair of the Research Committee, claims unconscious bias is a significant factor in gender diversity in the workplace and must be overcome in order to create gender equality in Australian organisations. “Unconscious bias refers to the implicit, attitudinal biases that we are unaware we have, and so are unaware that we act upon. When it comes to gender diversity, the research clearly shows that unconscious bias is a key influencer in preventing employees, particularly men, from achieving a work-life balance,” she said. “We know that men have an unconscious bias against work-life balance but even if they were to somehow overcome this bias and ask for greater work-life balance, they still face significant backlash from female colleagues or partners for doing so,” she said. “This cultural mindset means that men are less likely to access work-life balance initiatives offered by their workplaces and women are more likely to continue to carry the burden of maintaining a home and raising their children, hindering the ability for more women to become leaders in organisations.” For more information on the Research Paper visit www.the100percentproject.com.au  ENDS  Media Relations  Terri-Helen Gaynor   02 8252 7001    thgaynor@reputation.net.au ABOUT THE 100% PROJECT The 100% Project is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to see 100 per cent of Australia’s leadership talent, female and male, equally contributing to our social and economic future. We exist because women are currently not given the opportunity to contribute equally, especially at senior levels. Women are under-represented on most Boards and in the senior management teams of most Australian organisations.  We believe the reasons for this can be found in the day-to-day practices and mindsets that shape how most organisations are run. The 100% Project’s mission is to challenge leaders in Australian businesses and organisations to identify those practices and mindsets and take action to change them.  The 100% Project conducts research and runs other programs that are designed to help make this happen. We recognise we have to engage men if we are to achieve meaningful change – because men run most of the businesses and organisations where change is required and organisational culture is generally defined in male terms. For more information about The 100% Project visit our website www.the100percentproject.com.au and find out how to become a Champion, Volunteer or Corporate Partner.   About CGU CGU Insurance Limited [ABN 27 004 478 371, AFSL 238291] is the largest provider of general insurance to Australia’s regional and rural communities, a leading workers’ compensation provider and one of Australia’s leading commercial insurers. CGU offers a comprehensive range of commercial, rural and personal insurance products through a network of over 1,000 insurance brokers and authorised representatives. CGU has been operating in Australia for 160 years and is part of Insurance Australia Group (IAG). This is general advice only and does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs.  You should consult the Product Disclosure statement (www.cgu.com.au) before considering the product. Easier permanent residency for International Students comes with poor employment outcomes 2013-05-30T00:54:40Z easier-permanent-residency-for-international-students-comes-with-poor-employment-outcomes A recent report has revealed that Permanent Residency will become easier to obtain for international students, but they may struggle to join the professional workforce if the government accepts recommendations to change the Skilled Migration Program in Australia. ‘The Birrell Report’, commissioned by Recruitment Success Group (RSG),  forecasts the impact the government commissioned Chaney Report will have on the 70,000 international students completing degrees in Australian Universities. While the Chaney report was commissioned to improve education export revenue, a potentially unintended consequence will be the worsening of professional employment prospects for international students. Birrell’s analysis of 2011 census data indicates that just 23% of graduates from Non-English-Speaking-Countries with degrees in IT and Accounting reported that they had secured employment in a professional position. This is about half the rate of those from English speaking countries.  Recommendation E.4 of the Chaney report suggests increasing the skilled migration points for completing an Australian degree from 5 points to 10, which would make permanent residence available to most Accounting and IT graduates shortly after completing a degree. This would reverse reforms introduced in 2008 under the General Skilled Migration Program aimed to address growing numbers of international students ending up in lower skilled positions. To combat the growing numbers of unemployable international students in the late 2000s a new graduate skills visa was set up, to encourage international students to gain language skills and take part in local work experience. The visa granted students 18 months to prove: a) they had 12 months local work experience in their field, b) they had completed a newly introduced ‘professional-year-program’ (PYP) or c) they had attained a ‘proficient’ level of English. Participating in the PYP gave students the opportunity to prepare for the Australian workforce by taking part in local internships, and developing Business English skills. RSG Managing-Director Leanne Ferreira says amendments to tertiary education policy will seriously affect the future of international students- as they will lack valuable skills that can be gained through programs like the PYP. “We are concerned about the impact of policy changes on the quality of future talent pipelines, especially in Accounting and IT where international students make up the bulk of graduates.  Communication skills and cultural fit are two of the biggest issues we face when recruiting for our clients" Amending the point system will marginalise the importance of the PYP for international students despite the positive employment outcomes for graduate students of the program. Therefore the recommendations designed to support the “sustainability and quality” of international education may have the opposite effect. “It’s crucial for the reputation of Australian education that the quality of and employability of those that do go on to gain permanent residence is preserved...We don’t want to return to the dark days of the late 2000s when thousands of students were gaining permanent residence and struggling to gain professional level employment,” said Birrell. With the number of international students in Australia set to dramatically increase under the Chaney recommendations; the employment outcomes for skilled migrants will only worsen. The result of these recommendations will likely be that these degree qualified graduates will end up taking low-skilled jobs and displacing domestic workers, as occurred pre-2008, which is not the intention of the skilled migration program. Dandenong Mayor welcomes the opening of Recall’s new Secure Destruction Services facility in Melbourne 2013-05-08T22:45:28Z dandenong-mayor-welcomes-the-opening-of-recall-s-new-secure-destruction-services-facility-in-melbourne PRESS RELEASEMelbourne, May 8, 2013 - The Mayor of Dandenong, CR Angela Long and Recall Operations Director Mark Cole have opened Recall’s newest Secure Destruction Services (SDS) facility in Dandenong- marking Recall’s commitment to growth in Australia. Recall is a leader in information management across all aspects of the data lifecycle, ranging from document storage and management, digital document management, and destruction, through to backup and recovery solutions. The facility provides a safe and highly secure way for local Melbourne businesses to dispose of their data in multiple formats such as paper and digital media. The facility has been designed according to Lean Six-Sigma methodology, which will increase efficiency and minimise waste, through improved turn-around times, process automation and process centralisation. During the opening event on 7 May, Recall’s Operations Director, Mark Cole, expressed excitement about the operational capabilities and extensive security features the new facility will bring to local businesses. Mark commented, “We are delighted to be opening this new secure destruction facility. It is our commitment to our customers to provide them with best-in-class service and efficiencies in a secure and controlled environment. With identity theft on the rise and strict privacy legislations being enforced, it is important for our customers to know they can trust Recall with their secure information.” The secure facility features swipe card entry at all access points, screened personnel with controlled card access, surveillance cameras and intrusion detection systems, full perimeter fencing and motion detection CCTV. In addition to latest security technologies, Recall is committed to reducing its environmental impact, implementing sustainable business practices. Once securely shredded, all paper materials are sent for recycling through dedicated partnerships. Recall also monitors and manages the environmental impacts at the site, including any chemical use and the environmental footprint of its transportation networks. The new facility will provide services across Melbourne and was chosen due to its close proximity to major transport connections into the CBD and the metro. For more information contact: Anita Pete Marketing Manager Recall ANZ M: 0439 725 808 About Recall Recall is a global leader in managing information in multiple formats throughout the data lifecycle. The company has more than 300 dedicated operation centers, spanning five continents in more than 20 countries. As a global leader in document storage, secure document destruction, digital document management, and data protection, Recall manages more than 100 million cartons worldwide. Recall is owned by Brambles Limited. For more information, please visitwww.recall.com.   Recall and EVault Strengthen Partnership in the Asia Pacific Region to Deliver High Level Cloud-Connected Data Recovery Services 2013-03-25T04:42:02Z recall-and-evault-strengthen-partnership-in-the-asia-pacific-region-to-deliver-high-level-cloud-connected-data-recovery-services Recall, a leader in document management, secure document destruction,digital document management and data protection, and EVault, Inc., a Seagate Company (NASDAQ:STX), announced today that they are expanding their strategic alliance into the Asia Pacific market. Recall will begin offering a range of EVault® data backup and recovery solutions, including EVault SaaS and EVault Endpoint Protection. While the partnership began over a year ago, EVault and Recall decided to extend their cohesive data protection solutions beyond North America, Mexico and Brazil- to the burgeoning technological hub of the Asia Pacific. The partnership will set the benchmark for data protection services in the Asia Pacific region, by offering unique solutions to the many challenges in information management. Recall already has onsite data protection facilities in all states and territories in Australia except the Northern Territory. The presence of Recall on a local level will enable consumers to access new EVault data solutions not previously available in the nation. This will facilitate the delivery of EVault® data backup and recovery solutions, including EVault SaaS and EVault Endpoint Protection.  The partnership with EVault will further strengthen Recall’s current data services by incorporating leading onsite cloud, and hybrid data solutions. EVault has been the industry leader in the move towards cloud-connected™ (hybrid) storage models, with a uniquely integrated ecosystem of EVault storage software, cloud services, managed services, and appliances that help ensure customers will maintain business continuity. While the hybrid approach is not yet widespread in the Asia Pacific region, EVault’s progress will set a precedent for the market. The Forrester Report, released in February 2012, revealed the percentage of organisations in Asia Pacific expecting to leverage a hybrid approach increased from 18 percent in 2010 to 23 percent today. Dan McFarland, President, Recall ANZ, sees the collaboration as an integral way of moving towards tailoring specific solutions to individual clients.  “Companies are increasingly putting data security on a priority fast track, and their more-sophisticated demands require flexible and secure solutions. Our partnership with EVault has allowed us to provide best-in-class options to customers with various needs ranging in industry and size. Moving into the Asia Pacific region presents exciting new opportunities.” “In today’s growing information-based economy, data security and accessibility has become a critical component for business continuity and productivity,” said Paul Hartzell, vice president for the Asia Pacific region, EVault. “Working with Recall gives us the ability to harness our individual strengths and provide customers more customized offerings tailored to their specific information technology needs. By extending our partnership into the Asia Pacific market, we are able to capitalize on a growing market and deliver cloud-connected solutions to a new cadre of customers who rely on their data to keep their businesses up and running, no matter what.” About Recall Recall is a global leader in managing information in multiple formats throughout the data lifecycle. The company has more than 300 dedicated operation centers, spanning five continents in more than 20 countries. As a global leader in document storage, secure document destruction, digital document management, and data protection, Recall manages more than 100 million cartons worldwide. Recall is owned by Brambles Limited. For more information, please visit www.recall.com. About EVault More than 38,000 midmarket companies rely on EVault cloud-connected backup and recovery services. Delivered by a team of data recovery experts and using the very best cloud-connected technology, EVault backup solutions seamlessly integrate on-premise and online backup data protection for fast, local data access and ensured cloud disaster recovery. Optimized for distributed environments and backed by an ironclad cloud, EVault technology also powers the offerings of cloud services providers, data centers, telcos, ISVs, and many others. EVault is a Seagate Company. Follow@EVault on Twitter, subscribe to the blog, and like EVault on Facebook. Copyright 2012 EVault, Inc. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology and the Wave logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. EVault and cloud-connected are either trademarks or registered trademarks of EVault, Inc. or one of its affiliated companies in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Source: “Sizing The Cloud Markets In Asia Pacific,” February 3, 2012, by Michael Barnes. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact: Terri-Helen Gaynor Reputation 040 987 0022