Our thought leaders are always on top of the latest industry trends and use their subject matter expertise throughout our fast paced and growing industry. From speaking at conferences, to hosting roundtables, to contributing to industry publications, our colleagues are frequently called upon around the globe to contribute and help shape conversations around industry hot topics. And we want to share our knowledge with you, in an effort to propel mobility together!
Reflecting on this year’s CERC Future-Proofing Mobility Conference and Worldwide ERC’s Global Workforce Symposium, I am so pleased at the level of interest and focus on improving and enhancing the employee experience. From the keynotes, to CERC’s Designing a Winning Culture, to Designing an Exceptional Employee Experience, to my own sessions at both conferences on Diversity and Inclusiveness in Mobility, it is clear that companies are recognizing the value of people first in our highly specialized service industry.
Each session explored a multitude of ways in which leaders and teams can be more strategic about the way they adapt to today’s multi-generational and multi-cultural workforce, as well as, the realities of rapid change and disruption. Leaders need new skills and businesses need creative talent to create and implement solutions to support these dynamic times.
Conceptually, many of us acknowledge that the theory of diversity and inclusiveness fosters innovation, but throughout the session and the many examples shared in the discussion, it was eye-opening to hear people lament that their organization’s overall inclusive practices – or lack thereof – are not up to the same standards and principals of diversity. In other words, companies are espousing diversity but not creating an atmosphere in which every opinion and voice is heard and matters. My co-panelist at CERC from IBM, Rukhsana Syed, Chief Diversity Officer for IBM Canada noted that it is incumbent on the business to take the lead and embrace both diversity and inclusiveness. Only then can the mobility program successfully mirror these policies and practices throughout the organization.
Some key takeaways from these sessions were as follows:
For more information on this pressing topic, check out our latest whitepaper, Diversity Matters: Best Practices and Benefits for LGBTQ Assignees, to learn about the momentous push towards diversity initiatives within the workplace and how you can include diversity and inclusiveness in your mobility program.