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The world’s most famous theme park has just announced that it will allow employees to show their tattoos while on the job, as part of a culture overhaul that will also enable workers to more freely express themselves with their clothes and haircuts.

The move comes as part of an initiative to create a more inclusive environment for both customers and staff.

According to Disney Parks chairman, Josh D’Amaro, a 16-month focus group of the brand’s employees suggested adding inclusion to the company’s core values, saying the new key element will be “essential to our culture and leads us forward”.

Disney’s values will now be known as The Five Keys: Safety, show, courtesy, efficiency and, now also, inclusion, it was reported in The Guardian.

“Our new approach provides greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewellery, nail styles and costume choices – and allowing appropriate visible tattoos,” D’Amaro said in a statement.

“We’re updating them to not only remain relevant in today’s workplace, but also enable our cast members to better express their cultures and individuality at work,” he added.

D’Amaro took to LinkedIn to post a link to Disney’s announcement (see image below).

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Survey results have consistently shown that organisation’s with a genuine commitment to diversity & inclusion are a more appealing proposition for prospective talent.

Just-published findings from Jobvite’s 2021 Job Seeker Nation Report, revealed that 42% of respondents revealed that they lacked diversity or clear goals for improving diversity in hiring.

While the results are for a US-based cohort, it’s also an illuminating figure for Hong Kong employers – organisations with a policy of genuine inclusivity are more attractive to prospective talent.

Other key findings of the comprehensive report included:

  • Two-thirds believe getting a job in 2021 will be more challenging than the year before
  • 64% believe the job-seeking process has become more stressful.
  • 25% have changed industries since the onset of the pandemic.
  • 49% think employers should require employees to get the vaccine.
  • 36% of surveyed workers have not been able to participate in a video interview due to a lack of adequate access to technology or Wi-Fi.

While Covid-19 also had an impact on how jobseekers look for work:

jobseekers during covid