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Dans le cadre de la Journée de la diversité, Paperjam a proposé une carte blanche au cabinet Linklaters LLP Luxembourg. La diversité et l'inclusion prennent une place prépondérante au sein de la culture d'entreprise. Explications avec Silke Bernard, partner.
Diversity and inclusivity lie at the very heart of Linklaters LLP Luxembourg corporate culture. It is not simply a soundbite, or something we feel obliged to accommodate, it drives and shapes our decision making, particularly in areas such as recruitment, training and the retention of talent. We believe that opening our doors to a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, competencies and experiences enriches our working environment, bringing new ideas and different ways of thinking. Not only do our people enjoy the rewards of a diverse and supportive environment, but our clients too see the benefits of a mix of professional perspectives and a progressive outlook.
As a signatory to the Luxembourg Diversity Charter since 2014, we introduced a number of initiatives that recognise and support the diversity of our people. Our goal is to ensure that everyone, from all levels of seniority and every business department, knows that their contribution is recognised and valued. Everyone has the opportunity to share their skills and experiences, helping all to grow not just professionally, but in their day-to-day lives and mutual understanding.
Bridging the generational gap
Our latest initiative is to shine a light on an area of diversity that is often overlooked – the intergenerational gap. I believe that diversity in terms of age groups is just as important as gender, race and culture. Millennials, or generation Y, represent the future, yet they arrive in the workplace with very different experiences and expectations than generation X or baby-boomers. While digitally skilled and “always on” they are more project-driven and have a flexible outlook that knows little barriers. They occupy the space where their world is their village and anything is possible. Their fresh look at things, their drive and their energy are invaluable to any organisation, yet the challenge is how to integrate their expectations into a more traditional workplace, capturing the many opportunities they bring.
We want organisations to not only view this intergenerational gap as a diversity issue, but also to recognise the enormous potential millennials offer. Our “Talkin’ ‘bout our generations” event, held on 9th May, brought together a discussion panel with representatives from both generations. We heard about a professional life that started with faxes, photocopiers and typewriters to today’s world of internet, email and Skype. Meanwhile generation Y discussed their desire of always seeking new challenges with little knowledge of job stability or holding long-term views of where their future is going. Optimistic, positive and full of new ways of working and thinking - those attitudes should be embraced, not feared. And that is what we want to talk about.
Driving a progressive agenda
Linklaters LLP Luxembourg is fully committed to driving forward a progressive diversity and inclusivity agenda. Not just for our firm, but also for our local communities. We work closely with many associations and ateliers protégés in Luxembourg, providing support and advice to the more vulnerable in our society. Our firm has established a diversity and inclusion group that works to identify areas where we can develop our initiatives and promote equal opportunities for all. We aim to break down barriers wherever they exist, demonstrating that variety, diversity and different ways of thinking reap rewards for everyone.