MIL-OSI Translation: Diversity wins – INQA-Check promotes diversity in companies

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Source: Federal Ministry of Labor and Social AffairsDiverse team members are not only enthusiastic about the World Cup – they also enrich work in the company. The family business Bürkle + Schöck from Stuttgart has known this for a long time. We have been a family business for 85 years and I was in my childhood on more Greek weddings of employees than in German, says CEO Stefan Bürkle. Diversity is very important to us. Our employees in Stuttgart come from, among others, Turkey, Greece, Spain or Bosnia. Without our employees with a migration background, we could close our doors. The company has developed an anonymous application process for recruitment: qualification and motivation count alone. In addition, it has carried out the new INQA check “Diversity-conscious operation” (www.inqa-check-vielfalt.de) in order to open up further perspectives for diversity in the company. The check was now presented for the first time as part of a visit to Bürkle + Schöck. A welcome discussion followed by a round of talks with Dr. Ing. Julia Borggräfe, Head of Department for Digitization and the World of Work in the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Birgit Buschmann, Head of Unit “Economy and Equality” at the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing Baden-Württemberg, Johannes Weidl from the RKW Competence Center and Stefan Bürkle. Our society is characterized by diversity. This affects people, ways of life and ways of working. Companies that take this into consideration make it easier to recruit and retain employees, strengthen their employees and thus increase their motivation, create competitive advantages and thus make diversity a success factor. We support companies in recognizing and using this potential. Borggräfe. That’s right Dr. Buschmann zu: Diversity management is an important driving force for our companies, for innovative capability and for securing skilled workers. The prerequisite for this is a potential-oriented and respectful treatment of the employees’ different skills, experiences, perspectives and life plans. With the INQA-Check “Diversity-conscious operation”, companies can identify their need for action, determine measures and make them aware with a self-declaration that they have diversity in the workplace Promote operation. Diversity becomes part of the corporate culture. The INQA-Check helps small and medium-sized enterprises to integrate the diverse perspectives and abilities of their employees, an important basis for innovation and sustainable success, explains Johannes Weidl, who was involved in the preparation of the check. The check was developed by the “Offensive Mittelstand” together with numerous project partners on behalf of the BMAS. It is part of the INQA thematic pillar “Equal Opportunities & Diversity” and complements the previous check series on leadership, health, and knowledge & competence. One of the different dimensions of diversity addressed in the check is cultural diversity. That’s why the third edition of the magazine “In Work” was also presented as part of the company visit. At the center of the magazine is the question: How does a good cooperation in intercultural workforces work? Answers give practical insights, company examples and tips from experts, who help executives, human resource managers and executives to build up a successful diversity management. In addition, the starting signal for the World Cup campaign “Eleven of Diversity”, which ends on 31 July, fell in the discussion round 2018 on the website www.inarbeit.inqa.de and the INQA Twitter channel (@INQAde) is running. Companies can send in pictures of their employees, receive a poster of their team composition and can win a company celebration as well as diversity competence training of the “Integration through Qualification (IQ)” support program.

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