Nation-wide electrical, communications and maintenance organisation, Star Group, was one of many early registrants for A Taste of Harmony 2018. We spoke with Human Resources Manager, Ross Kanaris to discuss why they’ve participated in ATOH for the past two years and how it helps foster diversity and inclusion in their workplace.
Why did your organisation choose to take part in A Taste of Harmony? How did it come about?
This event reminds staff of the diverse multicultural backgrounds within the business and an opportunity to bond over food. Star Group believes the program contributes in encouraging staff to be open about their cultural backgrounds and demonstrate the type of food they love, and hopefully learn something new about other staff members that previously they may not have known.
Describe what your A Taste of Harmony event typically looks like.
A big feast during lunchtime at Star Group Head Office with at least 20 different dishes from different cultural backgrounds for entire office to enjoy. Each person brings a dish from their cultural background and provides a description of the dish. It has become a popular event and creates a buzz around the office with at least 50 employees attending each year.
What impact has A Taste of Harmony had on your organisation?
Comradery and a great opportunity to reflect on the diversity within the organisation! Usually most people leave with a food coma due to the amount of food, which is all part of the cultural experience!
What tips do you have for other organisations interested in hosting a successful A Taste of Harmony event?
Encourage everyone to participate and ensure people are aware of the cultural origin of the dishes.
A Taste of Harmony is a very simple way you can celebrate diversity and inclusion in your workplace. To make sure you are kept up to date with all the info in the lead up to ATOH, sign up to our mailing list.