Welcome to Lucinda Hewitson Consulting
Welcome to our new website and blog, we are excited to be able to share it with you! This new website has been a few months in the pipeline, not because it’s taken us months to build, but because we have been busy delivering work for our valued clients. It is a great relief and pleasure to see it up and running, and we look forward to sharing our work, thoughts and ideas regularly with you here each month.
Our first entry to our blog is a great opportunity to share a little about who we are and what we do, as well as something about the specific projects we have been working on over the past few months – the scope of our work has grown significantly as along with our clients. As part of our new website we are also really excited to share with you two videos, “Our Services “and “Why Diversity?”
As our business has grown the vision for the work we do has solidified. This has been distilled into a the following statement that you can also find on our homepage;
“Our vision is to support every industry and sector in Australia to become more diverse and inclusive so that every organisation enjoys the benefits of diversity and every person gets a fair go"
It continues to be important to us when working with organisations to achieve diversity and capitalise on the benefits, that we ensure a focus on inclusion remains at the heart of what we do. Our experience has taught us that an inclusive approach has multiple benefits. Not only does it end up being less resource hungry than a more traditional ‘siloed’ approach to achieving diversity targets (e.g. a separate strategy and working group for gender, a strategy and working group for disability etc.), it is also more effective. If you ensure that inclusion is embedded as part of the DNA of your organisation you will naturally attract and retain a diverse workforce.
At the heart of our inclusive approach live the values around giving each and every person in the workplace a ‘fair go’, irrespective of their differences. Over the past few months, our team has developed a range of tools, including the Fair Go 5TM for organisations and their leaders designed to embed inclusive and fair practices that will help them reach their diversity goals.
In Australia this year, we find ourselves in a challenging place in terms of equity in the workplace. While we can boast some wonderful data in this country in terms of average pay and education, our gender pay gap is widening and women remain underrepresented in the workplace and in leadership positions. The issues around equity in the workplace in Australia are complex, and they have roots embedded in our social and cultural norms.
We will be using this blog as a platform for enquiry, to explore and reflect on these issues and to propose solutions for positive change.
Our hope is that this blog will be a place to visit, where you can engage in these topics, where you will learn something new and be inspired to make positive change in your own workplaces, so that we can collectively go about bringing change.
by Lucinda Hewitson