“Business to business is considered passé; the new model is human to human,” says Roland White, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Microsoft. Why this transformation in the way businesses operate, you may ask. In terms of the tools, the technologies, the platforms, the equipment, and the processes, the oil and gas industry has come a long way. But are these the only standards of growth? These are enablers and without any human effort, they stand mute to the changes around them. And when it comes to people, nowhere in the world a singular line of thought defines the way things work. Diversity and inclusion are not to merely exist on companies’ vision statements but breathe through its goals, its performance, its people and the work culture. Putting this into the context of the world of oil and gas and the digital revolution it is experiencing, there needs to be a dialogue on taking everyone along. A dialogue on differences that must be celebrated. What do you say?
Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in Oil and Gas
In the modern world where the global community is getting closer, the dialogue on diversity and inclusion in business landscape is more than just the issues of colour, gender, race, religion, or geography. Thoughts, opinions, perspectives, beliefs, education, society, culture, sexual orientation, and disabilities – all sum up to define diversity in the workplace. Without recognizing the differences, the journey towards inclusion can not begin. Today, oil and gas companies are recognizing this aspect. Building an inclusive workplace is a top consideration. Further, research reflects that promoting a diverse and inclusive work culture also boosts the overall business outlook.
Diversity drives Innovation
We are discussing Oil and Gas 4.0 today. With Big Data, IOT, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, the industry is experiencing a significant shift. With new technologies coming up, the oil and gas environment is changing too. The industry needs people who are keen on learning and adapting to the new environment. And the industry also needs people who can drive change with innovative ideas. This is where diversity and inclusion becomes all the more important.
The Great Crew Change
The millennials are here and they are pushing cultural transformation across the industry. They look at the world differently and their understanding of diversity includes not just gender, race, religion, or colour. Remember, this is the generation that cares about women empowerment, sexual orientation, equality of both men and women, work-life balance, and mental health. And since millennials are the future workforce, the industry can not be lazy in building a diverse and inclusive work culture.
Creativity doesn’t recognize boundaries
A call for change also invites creative solutions. With digitalization, the millennial quotient, energy transition, and so much more happening in the world of energy, the perspective is undergoing a change. People who can see through the loopholes in the conventional ways of working and suggest a creative approach to old problems can turn around things wonderfully. And creativity is no slave to boundaries. This is one room where diversity and inclusion is celebrated. You propose something and I come up with another. Where the best of both blends is where diverse thoughts merge for a finer solution.
(The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Energy Dais.)