To harness and ensure effective roles of employees at their respective workplace, calls have been made to developing strategic ways aimed at ensuring diversity and inclusion at the job setting.
This has been necessitated by the perceived discrimination of some employees at the hands of their employers on the grounds of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age and ethnicity.
This came to the fore when Jobberman Ghana– a job seeking platform, organized the third edition of the HR in Ghana Breakfast Session in Accra. The event brought together a number of Human Resource practitioners from institutions such as the Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), Volta River Authority (VRA), International Business Machines (IBM), Data Bank and some industry players.
Diversity and inclusion are intertwined. For diversity practices to be successful at workplaces, there was the need for employers to facilitate an inclusive work culture and good working ethics, panel at the event shared.
According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Global Recruiting Trends survey, it found out that diversity was key trend impacting the way organisations hire clients. The report’s findings indicated that 78 percent of companies prioritize diversity to improve culture whereas 62 percent of companies prioritize it to boost financial performance.
Over the years, some companies making meaningful efforts towards diversity, inclusion, and belonging have invested in their employees through supporting Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and having a strong backing from their leadership teams.
One of the measures to ensure diversity and inclusion at workplace as discussed during the event charged employers to enhance employees’ productivity by creating a sound working environment which will enable each and everyone demonstrate their potentials as well as ensuring good mix in terms of the appropriate blending of both males and females.
Speaking during event, the Chief Executive Officer of Jobberman Ghana, Geoffrey France said the event seeks to find strategic ways of including people from diverse background and how to benefit from their unique skills they possess.
The HR in Ghana Breakfast Session is designed to create an avenue where distinguished HR practitioners from both the public and private sectors gather to network and share insights, design strategies in overcome the teeming HR-related challenges evident at workplaces.
By Dundas Whigham