This week is Inclusion at Work Week, so there’s no better time to discuss the nation’s most inclusive workplaces, which have just been revealed by the Diversity Council Australia (DCA).
The 2023–2024 Inclusive Employer Index was unveiled by the DCA, with a record 82 organisations being recognised for their commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
“DCA is delighted to reveal this year’s list of inclusive employers. We know that inclusion has significant benefits for both employers and employees. DCA’s Inclusive Employers Index is a rigorous process that reveals the state of inclusion and diversity across participating organisations,” said DCA chief executive Lisa Annese.
“It’s an opportunity for workplaces to show their commitment to inclusion, reflect on their achievements and identify ways to do even better. Recognition as an inclusive employer means your organisation is doing the necessary work to create a welcoming and inclusive workplace where everyone feels valued and respected.”
Employers should strive to improve their DEI as the benefits permeate through the entire business. According to DCA, employees at an inclusive company are:
- Three times less likely to leave their organisation.
- More than twice as likely to work extra hard.
- Almost 10 times more likely to be innovative.
- Four times more likely to provide excellent customer service.
One of this year’s recipients, Our Watch, commented on the recognition: “Our Watch is committed to creating a work environment where all employees are respected and valued. We are pleased to be recognised by the Diversity Council Australia as an inclusive employer,” said chief executive Patty Kinnersly.
“We know that preventing violence against women and their children takes place where we work, live, learn and socialise. Through our commitment to challenging gender inequality and intersecting forms of discrimination, we will continue to celebrate the diversity of our team and foster an inclusive working environment where all employees can thrive.”
With Inclusion at Work Week underway, organisations should take the time to reflect upon DEI efforts and analyse processes to help improve their standing.
Another winner, Perth Airport acting chief executive Kate Holsgrove, outlined the importance of DEI efforts: “Diversity and inclusion are an ongoing journey. We’re not just bringing our employees along with us on that journey; they are guiding our way.
“To be rated as an inclusive employer recognises our team’s efforts to build a better workplace for all employees. It lets us know we’re on the right track and will inspire us to even greater efforts.”