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that encourage employees to voice their opinions and be involved in decision making have on average 33 per cent lower employee turnover.

Inclusion not compliance

Today’s workplaces are strictly governed by legislation. Tere are obvious workplace requirements that need to be fulfilled, including preventing discrimination and harassment, ensuring flexible work options and addressing unconscious bias during the recruitment, retention and reward phases. But beyond compliance, most companies don’t actively pursue inclusion. If they did, the mohawk and the

comb-over would work with each other towards a shared purpose – such

as creating an exceptional client experience. It would be the outcomes they produce and the value they create for the organisation that would be important, and not how they looked when they were creating them. If they did, people would not need

to use unconscious bias as an excuse for not engaging with and supporting each other in the workplace. If they did, diversity would not be associated with minority groups, but rather be something proudly worn on everyone’s lapels. If they did, businesses would

get to unleash the potential of their employees and reap the benefits of an inclusive workforce. Te world we live in is an exquisite potpourri of shapes, sizes, cultures

The world we live in is an exquisite potpourri of shapes, sizes, cultures and genders. Why does the workforce not mirror this montage?

and genders. Why does the workforce not mirror this montage? Te forward thinking companies will be those who see authenticity as an enabler. Tey’ll understand that allowing people to bring their authentic self to the table is what results in the best client experience. Tey won’t only welcome the mohawk and comb-over, they’ll celebrate them!

Abbie Wright is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Aurecon and can be contact at

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