Hear what business leaders have to say on diversity and the business benefits of embracing different cultures:
EEO/diversity practices can help ensure workplaces effectively tap into the diverse talent pool, hiring and engaging people with the skills and commitment they need to prosper in difficult economic conditions.
EEO/diversity practices acknowledge people as a critical strategic asset. A multi-skilled and versatile workplace is engaged, open to change and innovative.
EEO/diversity strategies encourage respect between employers and employees. This often results in increased loyalty and engagement. As well as improving productivity, EEO can provide a better return on skills investment and maximise organisational knowledge.
Research shows that versatile workplaces which offer flexible working options and support and reward employees on the basis of merit, experience lower absenteeism.
EEO and effective diversity management can be powerful tools to help business effectively recruit and manage people who can attract new customers. Diversity in the workforce reflects an increasingly diverse customer base.
EEO/diversity practices often improve staff satisfaction and morale, and ultimately sales and performance.
Workplaces that have adopted EEO and are committed to practices that encourage diversity are seen as good corporate citizens or "Employers of Choice". Doing the right thing with the right people for the right reasons often translates to higher productivity and improved return on investment.
Implementing good EEO/diversity practices helps create an open and inclusive culture where discrimination, harassment and bullying are not tolerated.
Workplace discrimination, overwork and stress can all result in health and safety issues. EEO and work-life initiatives aim to create a healthy work environment which supports people at work and outside work.