Our vision is a fully inclusive society in which all people can participate to their fullest potential and where diversity is recognized, respected and promoted.
Inclusion and diversity is a topic that is relevant for all organisations, regardless of the size of the staff. While it sounds obvious to state that we all deserve to work in an environment that is free from discrimination, harassment, victimisation and bullying, unfortunately, this is not always the reality in the workplace.
Businesses cannot continue to grow if everyone within them thinks the same, acts the same and has the same interests or if individuals do not feel a sense of belonging. The practices of Inclusion and Diversity ensure that your business will be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking and as a result, you are much more likely to succeed.
Inclusion is thus a call to action within the workforce, to actively engage with every employee’s perspective, ideas, approaches, knowledge and styles in order to maximize business success. Some of the benefits of creating a more inclusive organisation include:
- Greater job satisfaction
- Improved productivity
- Higher employee morale
- Increased organizational flexibility and the ability to learn from people at all levels
- Improving the quality of personnel through better recruitment and retention strategies
- Improved problem-solving skills throughout the organization
- Increased creativity and innovation
- Decreased vulnerability to legal challenges
- Lower turnover
With inclusion at the core of our organisation, IESA understands that South Africans strive to create a truly inclusive society and this too needs to be translated into the workplace.
IESA is offering a one-day interactive staff development session to explore ways of promoting a deeper understanding of inclusion in the workplace.
Some highlights of this programme include:
- Why is inclusion important?
- Understanding diversity in the workplace
- Improve employee productivity and efficiency
- Targeting weaknesses, strengthening positives
- Exploring attitudes, bias, labels and practices that exclude in the workplace
- What does inclusivity in the workplace mean?
Exploring the values that underpin inclusivity
Critically examining your workplace
What needs to change?
The inclusion of people brings a diversity of thought which brings diversity in ideas. When we combine these elements, we may find creative, innovative solutions that would otherwise not have been discovered.
Inclusion and diversity will continue to dominate the discussion in boardrooms and HR divisions across South Africa as the makeup of the workforce is already diverse and continues to change. In order for business and HR leaders to maintain talent continuity and broaden their appeal in various market segments, they must develop a clearer understanding of inclusion and diversity and the way in which these concepts integrate.
For more information on our Inclusive Workplace Training, please contact Farai Mushazhirwa or Nishen Naicker on 087 803 0150 or firstname.lastname@example.org