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Mauritius: Deutsche Bank’s Global Diversity Week strengthens staff ties

Mauritius: Deutsche Bank’s Global Diversity Week strengthens staff ties

During the Global Diversity Week, the Bank has joined hands with the theatrical troupe of Komiko to provide a humour-laden interpretation of the necessity of working in a team despite age differences. (Image: Company)

The objective of the 4th edition of the Global Diversity Week launched by Deutsche Bank Mauritius is to encourage synergy among individuals from different backgrounds and cultures.

The Bank has joined hands with the theatrical troupe of Komiko to provide a humour-laden interpretation of the necessity of working in a team despite age differences.

The Diversity Week is a special period dedicated to encourage diversity within the company and the community, and takes place simultaneously in all branches of Deutsche across the world.

During this week, the managers and employees have the opportunity to express themselves on a specific aspect of diversity through a series of talks.

This year, the Bank has decided to focus on generational diversity and team work through a series of talks with its employees.

“Within the company we have a good representation of generation X and Y, as well as two baby-boomers, and everyone works with spectacular team-spirit every day,” said the Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank (Mauritius), Mike Bird.

“We think that generational diversity is not only of major importance in corporate culture in general, but also essential to support the values and vision of Deutsche Bank,” he  said.

“To mix with people from different age groups allows the exchange of ideas, which contributes to human development, and also helps achieve excellence through experience sharing. In other word, it is this generational synergy which we want to promote and to protect,” he added.

The Diversity Champion and Head of Banking at Deutsche Bank (Mauritius), Sangeetha Ramkelawon, said that they have held several sharing sessions and talks around this year`s theme of ‘Fostering Inclusiveness’ .

“At the Deutsche Bank, everyone contribute to the success of the company,” said Sangeetha Ramkelawon.

“It is because of this teamwork that we are able to offer the best service to our customers. To end this week and mark the 4th edition, we wanted to illustrate our theme differently, with the help of the Komiko troupe,” he said.

“It was a very interesting experience because our employees immediately recognised the key messages on which their performance was based,” he added.

The Client Services Administrator of the Corporate Banking Services (CBS) Team, Chadvee Appanah, also reinforced the general experience that the organisation had learned a lot during that week.

“I really liked the last session, as the emphasis was put on the importance of the teamwork despite age differences. Through the performance of the Komiko troupe, we learnt a valuable life lesson that instead of focusing on our differences, it is important to learn from each other as this will provide us with more self-fulfilment in the workplace,” he said.

Finally, Assistant Vice-president CBS Team, Jean Paul Stanley, asserted for his part that the generation gap is present, but it does not affect us because we have been able to adapt to it.

“The youth bring freshness in their ideas, whereas the old have maturity and experience. We have to strike the right balance and in the end everyone brings their contribution to the table, and that is the most important takeaway,” he concluded.

About Deutsche Bank:

Deutsche Bank commenced operations in Mauritius via a trust company in 1995. Today, with 200 staff it now operates under a full banking license.

Deutsche Bank operates in 72 countries and employs people from 136 nationalities. The bank is committed to fostering diversity with respect to gender, ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, generations and sexual orientation contributes to meeting the requirements of different clients and inclusion.

 

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