Benefits are a strong relatedness within and between teams, a higher customer satisfaction, a better reputation and more confidence in product and service quality.
Inclusive teamwork in the event and cultural sector
Duration of the research: 2020-2022
With the support of European Social Fund
Organisations that actively engage in divers-sensitive recruitment practices and in building an inclusive climate remain scarce. This also applies to the event sector, which employs no less than 80,000 people in Belgium.
However, scientific research shows the benefits of an inclusive policy, both socially and economically. This project wants to respond to this by writing an inclusive story together with the event and cultural sector. Specifically, we want to focus on
fortifying the structures for a more successful selection and recruitment of employees with a diverse background and
developing effective management principles and practices for team leaders and direct managers, in order to promote inclusive team culture.
Diversity in the workplace for SMEs
Duration of the research: 2019-2021
PWO-project with the support of KdG Hogeschool
Although research clearly shows the benefits of diversity, reality is that diversity in the workplace still too often turns out to be theory. SMEs do recognise the added value of diversity management and, given their size and structure, can create a more rapid support for it. However, they often lack specific knowledge and guidelines to apply this impactfully within their organisation.
So there is still work to be done in order to create a diversity management in SMEs. Certainly with regard to the integration of employees with a different religious background, problems often arise.
This project aims to provide a reference work and a networking opportunity for SME managers in order to distribute best practices from specific management cases. This will enable SME managers in Flanders to implement a religious diversity management, also in the short term.
The distributed best practices are derived from in-depth interviews with both employees and employers of various Flemish SMEs.