Cultural diversity in the workplace will be celebrated nationwide from March 17-23 as A Taste Of Harmony, Australia’s biggest celebration of cultural diversity and food in the workplace, returns for another year.
Australia is one of the most culturally diverse counties in the world, with one in two Australians either born overseas or having a parent from another country. However, cultural diversity is considered a lower priority issue among Australian businesses, despite a new survey by Diversity Council Australia finding that more than 90 per cent of employers believe that racist attitudes still exist in the workplace. The DCA survey found that almost 30 per cent of Australian businesses ranked gender diversity as the most important issue to address, while only 13 per cent said cultural diversity is the key priority.
A Taste of Harmony is a weeklong event that encourages Australian business owners and their employees to share a meal and stories of their cultural backgrounds with their colleagues. An initiative of the Scanlon Foundation, the event is a free and easy way to celebrate the many cultures that exist in your workplace. Simply register online, set a date and ask colleagues to bring a dish representing their cultural background, their favourite dish, or even food from a culture they have never tried before.
Last year more than 3,500 Australian workplaces participated in A Taste Of Harmony, in settings as diverse as their dishes including post offices, call centres, factories and airport hangars. Some of Australia’s most loved celebrity chefs are on board to celebrate cultural diversity with A Taste Of Harmony this year, including Miguel Maestre (The Living Room, Network Ten), Ed Halmagyi (Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Network), Marion Grasby (Masterchef, Network Ten), Guy Grossi (Grossi Florentino), and Herb Faust (Herb Faust Food).
To get involved, simply register your workplace for free by visiting www.tasteofharmony.org.au.