Workers with diverse needs and backgrounds are becoming the silent victims of the financial crisis, as unemployment grows and employers search for staff.
Diversity@Work CEO Mark Heaysman, said that with layoffs becoming more prevalent and competition for jobs at boiling point, businesses now have the luxury of choice from a well of experience and may unconsciously undertake ‘discriminatory’ practices in reducing workplace diversity programs.
However, Heaysman has applauded those businesses who are still dedicated to maintaining diversity programs and supporting all sectors of the community.
“The smart business leaders are paying attention to the demographics of the Australian community and staffing their teams accordingly. It will be the businesses able to look into different perspectives, tap into new markets and support communities who will reap the rewards in the long term.”
In order to raise awareness of diversity in the workplace and reward those who recognise organisations with employment initiatives, Diversity@Work will be holding an Awards Gala Dinner in Melbourne on Thursday 15 October. Small to large organisations can be in the running to win eleven awards, including three major champion awards.
For more information, please visit www.diversityatwork.com.au