Technology and Diversity
The world and our workplace today have become highly diverse. International research has proven that a diverse workforce combining employees from different backgrounds and experiences drives significant tangible and intangible benefits to businesses. Clear links are shown that when workplaces are truly diverse and inclusive, it results in greater creativity, higher levels of innovation and improved team engagement. These in turn lead to lower turnover rates, improved workplace performance and higher profits.
With the focus on workplace diversity and inclusion increasing in recent years, more and more employers are taking steps towards employing and supporting a more diverse workforce. However, statistics reveal that many Australian organisations are struggling to manage diversity effectively. The 2013 Diversity and Inclusion Survey conducted by Korn/Ferry and Diversity Council Australia indicated that 41% of businesses indicated they were only at the building foundation stage of their diversity program. A lack of commitment to full-time, experienced diversity leaders was also evident, with 60% of respondents having limited or no background in diversity and that most senior level managers were only ‘somewhat involved’ or ‘not very involved’.