Does Your Employer Embrace Diversity?
Written by Vanessa Vrdoljak on June 28, 2017.
You may have recently read about Joey Barge from Buckinghamshire who was sent home in the recent UK heatwave for coming into the office in shorts and decided that he could wear a dress instead (acceptable workwear for women). A couple of days later, around 30 teenage boys at the Isca Academy in Exeter protested their school’s no-shorts policy by coming into school wearing skirts with their heads held high.
Here is Asia we work in temperatures averaging at around 30 degrees year round, so heat waves are old news to us. Fortunately we have the infrastructure to deal with extreme heat, mainly in the form of air conditioning. Infinity’s offices are also very adaptable to change and have encompassed diversity in every sense within our workforce. In Hong Kong we have a close working relationship with the LGBT community, with our senior consultant Philip Howell Williams (also Director of Pink Season HK) actively involved in championing and promoting LGBT inclusion within the workplace here at Infinity and in a wider context.
Infinity believe that companies who have a diverse workforce benefit much from creating an open and inclusive environment. Research proves that an individual’s productivity increases if they can be comfortable and open about their personal lives which helps increase staff retention rates, employee satisfaction and a collaboration in the workforce.
As a company we listen to our staff and try and make our offices a welcome place for all. Infinity’s team comes from all walks of life and is truly international, with over 15 nationalities currently on the staff team. Many have worked with the company for a number of years, some since the very earliest days, which we believe pays testament to the kind of atmosphere we foster. We are keen to grow this number and look forward to welcoming new consultants from across the world!
So, if the weather is too hot, or you simply think you’d look good in a dress, Infinity’s Hong Kong office has a gender-neutral room where you are free to wear whatever you want. If you would like to find out more about what it’s like working for a financial services company that doesn’t have cookie-cutter employee policies and embraces diversity, get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.