“I pay lot of attention to diversity when recruiting for
@beuc . Fact is, very limited number of applications!”
Discrimination is hard when you look different. Since Charlie Hebdo, pressure is higher on the workplace, in public transport… My last two assignments happened via friends in the Muslim community. I appreciate working with people from different backgrounds. Diversity adds value.
We have young people, good people, bright kids, university graduates, fluent in five languages who say “Belgium / Europe = No future for us”. They are from Antwerp, Brussels, Charleroi, etc… losing hope and moving to Canada searching for opportunity. We need to work on stereotypes from both sides; job applicants and employers.
I was born here, went to the same schools, graduated here, got the same degrees. Yet, others can move on with their lives and careers but we are blocked.
In my business, I am considered as a “high potential”. In our industry, many of the little ants at the bottom of the pyramid are from immigrant backgrounds. In the yearly convention of my industry, out of 500 participants (la crème de la crème), I was the only non-white person in the room. A journalist even asked me: “What’s up with upward mobility?”
In your company, will the colour of my skin prevent my career development and progression?
In my industry, immigrant entrepreneurs drive 90% of my business! White Belgians contribute to a small share of my revenue.
How can I get more clients from ethnic minorities to visit my store?
We value pluralism but we seem to struggle to attract youth from ethnic minorities. All of our staff members and “clients” are white.
About gender diversity, we are doing fine. But racial diversity is challenging us!
On the 14th of December 2018, together with close to 200 people, I was invited to participate to the 2018 diversity label award ceremony for (employers in) the Brussels’ Region. You can access the website […]
Have you heard of the tool or study named ‘Be the change‘ by Agoria? First of all, Agoria… Agoria is a federation of companies covering multiple industries such as IT, telecom, manufacturing, automotive, contracting and […]
In this piece, I would like you to consider three surveys / reports around the topic of inclusion, diversity and talent management. 1. LinkedIn’s recruiting trends For the year 2018, LinkedIn’s recruiting team had […]