FECCA welcomes report highlighting the benefits of a diverse workforce

Media Release: 25 January 2013

The Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia has welcomed the release of a joint report from Deloitte Australia and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, highlighting the benefits of diverse workplaces in improving business performance and productivity and increasing employee satisfaction.

The report, entitled “Waiter, is that inclusion in my soup? A new recipe to improving business performance”, notes that employees who feel included and view their organisation as being committed to, and supportive of diversity, are 80 per cent more likely to perceive their organisation as well – performing and productive.

Commenting on the report’s findings, FECCA Chair, Mr. Pino Migliorino, noted the extent to which it effectively highlights the benefits of diverse workplaces, in terms of both employee satisfacion and enhanced workplace productivity and efficiency.

“This report does well to articulate that through implementing strategies that support and advocate for diversity, then employment effectively becomes a mechanism through which to empower individuals with dignity, self-confidence and stability which, in turn, results in happier workers and a more productive workforce”.

Mr. Migliorino continued, “for too long, it seems that the value of diversity and inclusion as powerful factors influencing productivity has been underrated, and that these elements are, in fact, key to an employee’s job satisfaction and wellbeing and are inherently linked to positive business performance”.

“The report’s findings provide an effective blueprint for the sort of model that all Australian workplaces need to recognise and implement – namely one that highlights a simple correlation between fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion, and this leading to improved workforce productivity”, said Mr. Migliorino.

He cautioned, however, that “it is important that we take this research a step further, and ensure that diversity isn’t only seen in economic terms as beneficial to workplace productivity, but that, more significantly, it provides the building blocks for fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our society”.

“In acknowledging that workers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are often more vulnerable to feeling excluded as a result of their cultural, linguistic or religious background, we must simultaneously support workplaces to lead the way to promote values that celebrate this diversity”.

“In so doing”, he concluded, “it will enhance the self-confidence, dignity and wellbeing of CALD Australians who will subsequently be empowered to contribute back to society and participate in a happier, more productive and efficient workforce”.

FECCA has previously advocated for recognition of culturally and linguistic diversity in Australian workplaces and is currently undertaking a project aimed at fostering Harmony in the Workplace.

For further information please contact the FECCA office on (02) 6282 5755.