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Diversity is too important to be left to chance
Advising on Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion - and Project Onboard Denmark
International employees often have qualifications that are scarce in Denmark. Losing them again to international competition is therefore very costly.
Signe Biering Nielsen is actively working on on how to avoid having internationals leave their jobs in Denmark before the end of their contracts. She helps internationals, primarily in leadership positions, develop deeper connections to the company and create professional and personal networks in Denmark.
She also speaks and advises companies on how to onboard internationals and how to handle diversity and inclusion issues in general.
To find ways to help Danish businesses retain their international talent Signe has partnered with some of the biggest players in Denmark. The Coaching Room is, along with among others the Association of Danish Industries, Copenhagen Capacity and University of Copenhagen, partnering in Project Onboard Denmark. It is a research project funded by Innovation Fund Denmark (2021-23) with 5,7 mill. DKK. Through the project, Signe has developed the project and has interviewed a large number of companies, as well as expats in order to create concrete tools for the use of Small and Medium Sized companies in Denmark.
The tools aim at helping the companies onboard and retain their international employees - while helping the company get cognizant of their own culture. The tools will be available on a website and on an app and will be made public mid 2023.
Why focus on internationals in Denmark?
Over the last 15 years, the number of international employees in Denmark has increased dramatically - from 30.000 to 100.000. This number will likely only go up in the foreseeable future, for example due to increased demand for highly skilled candidates in the sciences (tech, pharma), a demand the Danish labor force cannot meet.
Many companies see the need to adjust their organisational culture to include the international employees, to make the most of their employment and retain them as long as possible - while keeping the Danish employees involved.
Unfortunately, research and experience has shown it to be a challenging task for many Danish companies. They find it difficult to uncover the challenges as well as deciding on next steps.
This is worrying as these networks are crucial in order to ensure commitment, a fulfilling contribution, as well as the well being and ultimately talent retention. In addition and sometimes overlooked is the adverse impact on Danish colleagues and managers.
Like internationals, other groups (the minority gender, people of color, others) may likewise not feel as included as the company or organisation has intended. Many of the challenges and lessons from welcoming the internationals are therefore similar to challenges and lessons from other work on diversity.
To help lead a diverse workforce and get the utmost out of the differences without being hindered by them we have developed a set of offerings. These offerings can be tailored to specifically support your company's efforts to integrate and retain employees.