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Diversity and Employment Equity

Why forward-thinking organisations spend time and money on Diversity Training and Employment Equity Training

While there are many individuals who are calling for “the end of Affirmative Action” and “the end of BBBEE”, there are many organisations that realize there are real benefits if they pro-actively embrace Affirmative Action, Employment Equity and BBBEE.

They call it “Valuing Diversity”.

The facts, quite simply, are that in this millennium the competitive environment is quite unlike anything we have ever seen before. Already in the 1980’s and the 1990’s Kaplan and Norton in “The Strategy Focused Organisation” revealed how opportunities for creating value were shifting radically from managing tangible assets to managing knowledge-based strategies (i.e. the intellectual capability of people).

It is now “common cause” that winning organisations will be those that most successfully attract and retain talented employees – and create an environment in which those talented employees are aligned and able to be at their most productive. The ability to create an inclusive diverse culture – in which all employees feel that their contribution is valued – is the recipe for success in the new globally competitive marketplace.

Winning organisations know that they are playing on a global arena – and that being able to attract and develop the very best of the diverse talent out there will be the key to their future.

Companies that are able to tap into that well of diversity will be the ones that are poised for sustainable success. Conversely, those companies that fail to leverage off the opportunity afforded by the diverse talent will be left behind.

With valuing people and valuing diversity comes innovation, understanding and networking opportunities. Organisations that persist with what we call a “mono-mental-culture” – in which everyone thinks the same – cannot expect to fully understand the marketplace, or to be able to fully explore all the options available. Those organisations that are able to create a rich, diverse, networking culture – that transcends age, sexual orientation, gender, race and ethnicity – will be those that have the edge.

To assist companies in this regard we have developed the following programs and associated interventions:

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