WORKPLACE WELLBEING AWARDS
Inclusive Workplace Award
Settlement Services International
SSI values the diversity of its people, programs and clients, and recognises strength in cultural and linguistic diversity. However, our 2016 staff survey found that inclusion does not always come naturally, and we lacked a coordinated approach to workforce diversity and inclusion necessary to support our diverse clients and communities.
In 2018 SSI established a diversity and inclusion (D&I) role and committee to develop and implement its first D&I strategic plan. It’s About Us lifts our focus on inclusion so everyone is welcome and valued, and expands our understanding of diversity to embrace it in all forms.
SSI raised staff awareness of the concept of inclusion and key diversity topics largely through conversation – via meetings, training and events. This lifted our staff survey’s D&I category from low performing to one of the top five strengths. It also supported an increase in under-represented workforce groups.