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Unity through diversity: Creating a more inclusive world

Inclusion is about recognizing and celebrating the unique contributions of every individual, irrespective of their background or abilities. It means fostering a sense of belonging and creating spaces where every voice is not just heard — but embraced. When we truly value diversity, our differences cease to be hurdles and instead become sources of strength.

In my role as an HR leader, it’s my responsibility to ensure that every one of our team members is able to learn and grow to reach their fullest potential. Over the years, I have observed that integrating individuals from various walks of life into our teams does more than “check the box” and ensure that diversity goals are met.

Rather, it gives us an infusion of fresh perspectives that adds vibrancy to the collective dynamic. Diversity and inclusion are catalysts that allow everyone to shine and play a role in the co-creation process. It makes our teams more flexible. It makes our solutions more impactful. It improves the service we provide to our clients. Above all, it makes us stronger as an organization.

We have a vibrant and diverse workforce located at facilities across the globe, including delivery centers in Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, India, Mexico, Morocco, Egypt, Malaysia and Philippines. The inherent linguistic and cultural diversity in our teams is made even richer by making space for everyone — regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or abilities.

The advantages of inclusion

Racial and ethnic inclusion improves social cohesion in the workplace. It opens all employees up to new viewpoints and perspectives through differences in their lived experience. The same goes for multigenerational teams.

Ensuring gender equality and inclusion leads to higher levels of job satisfaction and an increased commitment to their work.

Including individuals with disabilities within our teams or organizations is more than a diversity initiative. It is a catalyst for innovation. People with disabilities don't operate at a deficit, but have a lens that enables them to perceive the world differently — helping our teams develop new approaches to persistent challenges.

Inclusion means that everyone feels genuinely welcomed and valued — regardless of their background.

Taking steps toward a more inclusive workplace

As I stated earlier, diversity and inclusion should not simply be items on a compliance checklist. It should be an ongoing journey marked by understanding, empathy and the creation of spaces where everyone feels a sense of belonging.

There are many different aspects of inclusion, several of which we have already mentioned. As you embark on this journey, it’s important to recognize that it is not just an aspiration but a responsibility. By embracing diversity and inclusivity, we can build a more vibrant present and lay the foundation for a brighter future.

Embracing diversity and inclusion is a recognition that we thrive as humans when we celebrate our differences. It's a commitment to building a world where everyone has an equal opportunity to flourish, contribute meaningfully, and live authentically. It goes beyond acceptance or tolerance. True inclusion means that everyone feels genuinely welcomed and valued — regardless of their background.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2024, I hope everyone who reads this blog will take a moment to reflect on how you can inspire inclusion in your own life. Whether it's at work, in the home, or in the community, how will you #InspireInclusion today?

By Nasir Shaikh

SVP, Head of Tech Foundations Global HR Services and GDCs

Posted on March 7, 2024

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About Nasir Shaikh
SVP, Head of Tech Foundations Global HR Services and GDCs
Nasir has twenty years of experience in the IT industry, and is currently responsible for global HR services and all Global Delivery Centers within Atos Tech Foundations. He has extensive experience managing global transformation projects and HR solutions in complex business deals, as well as mergers, acquisitions, employee transitions and large strategic outsourcing deals. Nasir holds a Master’s degree in human resource development, a Diploma in cyber Law, and completed an Executive Leadership program from INSEAD focusing on value creation and strategy.

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