Inclusion and Diversity. The two words that will make the biggest difference to your Business. And about which you know – nothing.

This small Note now – is the first of a series of much longer articles where we look at  key aspects  of the Office Family that will take your business forward in 2020.

Almost every medium to large  company – when asked “what are its biggest assets” – will answer; “our people”.

And yet nowhere, amongst  the public targets and mission statements and KPIs of any company, will you find any value or acknowledgement to look after the wellbeing of its same employees.

What happens is the reverse, that employees at every level are driven to their maximum in terms of output, until they have the health problems that such behaviour creates.  And yet it is couched in fluffy and embracing terms.  Being part of the Team.  You are not a Team Player if you don’t stop for a drink with your “people”. after work.

The facts and impressions are that our larger corporate are not waking up to the fact that what drives the ordinary and even exceptional people – is no longer an adherence to corporate values, but rather an acknowledgement that a work/life balance is now an essential given, in the workplace.

In short – with the recognition of lifestyle issues such as Global Warming, Travel by Plane, Electric Cars, Real-Time Health apps – etc – life itself is changing.  And this change is across the board, in even the simplest of scenarios. At our own Office – it is forbidden to bring a dog inside the building.  Yet recognising the therapeutic values of stroking a little pet –  in at least 10 companies, including our own – a little dog bounds up the stairs and in our own office, sits on the sofa, quietly watching thew world go by, and someone in the office takes the little dog to the park at Fika time.

What this means, is that,  that as a corporate leader, it is now imperative to look at the  “diversity”. of the individual rather than assume that all people are the same and thus fit the same values.

Over the next few weeks and months, we will be publishing a series of longer and more academic articles which go into detail, and looking at organising Workshops that can offer practical ways forward.  This first Note is a starting point. Please watch out for more on the vertical challenges that will need to be saved as part of the RoadMap that we aim to publish in due course.

 

Author: umnitso

Managing Editor at ProfoMedia, and Senior Partner at The CRT Partnership, a a leading specialist in brokering international alliances and partnerships; a published author in own right - as well as accredited media for major trade associations, including HIMSS, Vitalis, and others.

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