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How to improve engagement of indigenous employees - a discussion around using mentoring as a technique

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Encouraging New Attitudes Towards

  1. 1. Encouraging New Attitudes Towards Indigenous Employment – Creating an Accepting and Positive Work Environment
  2. 2. <ul><li>“ We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home.” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymous - Attributed to Australian Aboriginals </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Engaged Employees? <ul><li>“ a heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for her or his organization, that influences her or him to exert greater discretionary effort to her or his work” </li></ul><ul><li>- The Conference Board definition of Employee Engagement </li></ul>
  4. 4. What do People Want? <ul><li>To be accepted. </li></ul><ul><li>To be respected. </li></ul><ul><li>To be listened to. </li></ul><ul><li>To be valued. </li></ul><ul><li>To contribute. </li></ul><ul><li>To see themselves as worthy participants in the community or organisation. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Source – Empowering Naga and Veddah Workers in India and Sri Lanka – (Outreach CC - 1989) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. People are NOT different.. <ul><li>Could you accept that all people are the same underneath the visible externalities? – Concept of “sameness”. </li></ul><ul><li>Could we accept that people only SEE or HEAR things differently? – Concept of perspective. </li></ul><ul><li>Could we accept that it is only through being present to others that we are able to relate to them? – Concept of presence. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Rusty Schweickart speaks of what he saw from Apollo 9.. <ul><li>There it was.. So small and so fragile and such a precious little spot in that universe that you can block it out with your thumb.. And you realise that on that small spot, that little blue and white thing, is everything that means anything to you – all of history and music and poetry and art and death and birth and love, tears, joy, games.. All of it on that little spot, that you can cover with your thumb.. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Treating people as one of “us” <ul><li>The “WE” word as opposed to the “You”. </li></ul><ul><li>Recognising the contribution of every individual as a part of the whole. </li></ul><ul><li>Respecting every individual as a source of wisdom and learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Accepting and celebrating differences of people like voices in a choir that together sing more powerfully than any individual. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Janitor at NASA.. <ul><li>When asked what his job entailed, a cleaner at the National Space and Aeronautic Administration in the USA, solemnly replied… </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am helping to place a man on the Moon” </li></ul>
  9. 9. How does one develop such a workplace culture? <ul><li>Seek guidance. </li></ul><ul><li>Find and bring wisdom into the workplace. </li></ul><ul><li>Look within and ask the hard questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Seek inspiration and inspire. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop Leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Build support frameworks such as mentoring and learning centres. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Why Mentoring? <ul><li>Creates a stand for employees to live up to. </li></ul><ul><li>Brings wisdom of ages. </li></ul><ul><li>Broadens perspectives. </li></ul><ul><li>Creates a supporting framework that nurtures and nourishes. </li></ul><ul><li>Builds the foundation of confidence and self respect. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mentoring – key benefits to Mentee <ul><li>Develops ability to lead through inspiration and engagement. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhances self confidence. </li></ul><ul><li>Discovers and realises hidden capabilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Creates satisfaction and fulfilment within role. </li></ul><ul><li>Develops loyalty and commitment to organisation’s prosperity </li></ul>
  12. 12. Living a created future <ul><li>Self respect and confidence allow for seeing wider possibilities beyond mere survival. </li></ul><ul><li>Wider possibilities open up the universe. </li></ul><ul><li>Looking forward toward a future that calls to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Career becomes a vehicle toward one’s calling and destiny. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Quotes <ul><li>Tell me what you plan to do </li></ul><ul><li>With your one wild and precious life? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mary Oliver </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Use what talent you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Henry van Dyke </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you for the honour and privilege of letting me be of service to you. </li></ul><ul><li>Please feel free to contact me, Sonny Navaratnam, on 02 8765 0551 or on [email_address] at anytime. </li></ul><ul><li>With my prayers for a fulfilling and inspiring year ahead for you and your organisation. </li></ul>