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Diversity Network « Age management – Building an inclusive culture »

 

 

30 participants attended our Diversity Network on 12th September to exchange around the theme of Age management with an emphasis on Building an inclusive culture, with Linklaters' Global Diversity Manager, Daniel Danso.

 

According to him, it is a business prerogative to manage talent and thus manage the different generations. Generations all want the same : A good workplace, work/life balance, respect but there is a growing gap between generations through the lens of technology.

If not properly managed, these expectations might impact a company’s capacity to retain these talents and to ensure a social cohesion between generations.

 

It is therefore important to:

  1. Work on unconscious bias
  2. Teach to manage private an professional lives and thus decrease the blur between personal & professional lives. The employer brand doesn’t belong to the employer any longer and can be evaluated through behaviour of employees on social media as well.
  3. Be aware of the danger of getting desensitized (educate employees differently)
  4. Tackle the Fear Of Missing Out – increasing social anxiety
  5. Have in mind that young people do not necessarily have diversity sorted
  6. Acknowledge the difficulties for older generations to cope with the evolution of technology

There is therefore a need to have a visible leadership on Diversity & Inclusion and to redefine what is “inappropriate” (use of language)

 

 

Other examples to put in place an effective age management are:

  • Reverse mentoring – board learns what it is like to be a junior
  • Innovation Hub: allow all employees to develop and suggest innovative solutions
  • Agile working for everyone
  • Interventions earlier in career to foster a diversity-awareness

 

We thank all the participants for their involvement in the success of this event, as well as Linklaters for providing the premises and Daniel Danso for his much appreciated input.

 

Diversity Network “ Age management: Building an inclusive culture”

With three to four different generations entering the workforce, the rules of the game change, especially within companies. In order to prepare for it, they might have to reconsider their D&I strategy or implement age management practices. However, the generational mix also challenges the traditional company and management model.

Many studies show that the younger generations entering the workforce have different expectations regarding work, their career evolution and the way they would like to be managed. These expectations might impact a company’s capacity to retain these talents and to ensure a social cohesion between generations if not correctly managed.

According to the 2016 “Diversity and Business” barometer, 67% of the Diversity Charter signatories address the Gen Y and 63% address the elder generation in their diversity management policies.

How can companies facilitate the dialogue between generations? What is at stake? Are some of the questions we will address with Linklaters’ Global Diversity Manager, Daniel Danso.

Speakers:

  • Daniel Danso, Global Diversity Manager, Linklaters

When?

September 12, from 4.30pm to 6pm

Where?

Linklaters

35 Avenue John F. Kennedy

L-1855 Luxembourg

For whom?

This event in English is reserved for the signatories of the Diversity Charter

 

Limited spots available. Please register to make sure you get your spot.

 

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Diversity Network "GayMat - Open Mindedness in the Workplace"

 

This Tuesday, July 10 was held our Diversity Network which allowed 26 participants to exchange their experiences around "Open mindedness in the workplace" within the context of GayMat, Luxembourg's Pride Week.

 

Pim Knaff, alderman of the City of Esch-sur-Alzette, presented the different initiatives of the City to become LGBTI-friendly: the city of Esch-sur-Alzette joined the Rainbow Cities Network, welcomes the GayMat every year and works with its teaching staff (organization of sensitization and training activities on the LGBTIQ + issue).

 

Enrica Pianaro sociologist at CIGALE spoke about the possibilities of actions to commit to the  LGBTI community in Luxembourg. She presented the work she was doing in CIGALE and called to participants to work on the communication, language and visual aspects, so that the diversity of the LGBTI community can be made visible and understanding and respect towards LGBTI people being promoted.

 

Frederic Trierweiler, vice president of the professional LGBT & Allies Network was able to present concrete solutions to be LGBTI friendly in businessThis network unites ten companies whose goal is to join efforts to allow other companies to learn and train about the subject.

 

We thank all the participants for their involvement in the success of this event, as well as the city of Esch-sur-Alzette for the provision of the premises.

 

All photos are available here.

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