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Diversity and inclusivity at work

This information is provided by:Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVKNederlandse versie

Diversity in the workplace is good for your employees and for your company. According to research, creativity, productivity, and job satisfaction go up among the workforce. Read here what you can do to encourage diversity. And which subsidies are available to be more inclusive as a business.

What is diversity and inclusivity?

Diversity is about the differences between people. Such as gender, age, language, skin colour, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and cultural background. Inclusivity is about how you handle these differences.

Benefits of diversity in the workplace

If your company is inclusive, it means that everyone can participate. A diverse and inclusive team is often more productive due to different skills and experiences. Read more about the meaning of diversity and inclusivity, and why it is important, at KVK.nl.

Laws on diversity and inclusivity

You must treat all your employees the same. For example, you may not discriminate against them, and you must reward your employees in the same way. You may not discourage people from applying for a job vacancy. Ensure equal treatment during the application.

There are several laws to encourage diversity and inclusivity in the workplace.

Reducing wage costs with subsidies and allowances

For certain employees you can receive subsidies and allowances and so reduce labour costs. For example, if you hire someone on benefits who falls under the job agreement, you can apply for Labour Costs Compensation (Loonkostenvoordeel, LKV) for them. For example, older employees, or employees with an occupational disability.

You can also apply for a labour cost subsidy through your municipality for employees who fall under the Participation Act. Or apply for a wage dispensation from UWV for employees with a Wajong benefit, if they perform less than other employees.

Read more about subsidies and allowances for wage costs.

Rules for a safe and healthy workplace for specific employees

You are responsible for a safe and healthy work environment. To ensure that all employees can do their job, there are special rules for certain employees that are laid down in the Working Conditions Act (Arbowet). For example, consider what an older employee can handle. Or modify the workplace for an employee with a disability.

Read more about the working conditions rules for specific employees.

Offer a trial placement

You can offer an unpaid trial placement to someone who is partially disabled. The candidate will then keep their benefit but can start working for your company. Are you satisfied with the trial placement? Then you can hire the candidate without further probation. The condition is that you intend to offer the employee an employment contract of at least 6 months. UWV must give permission for a trial placement.

Read more about the conditions for a trial placement.

Insight into the cultural diversity in your company

The government encourages cultural diversity in the workplace. Would you like to know more about the cultural diversity within your company? At the request of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment (SZW), Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has developed the Cultural Diversity Barometer to measure this. And also to compare cultural diversity with national or regional statistics. The barometer can be used by companies with more than 250 employees. This is to protect employee privacy.

Read more about the Cultural Diversity Barometer.

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