In the first episode of the second season of Quantico, Priyanka Chopra is back with a crimson pout, straight hair and a sense of urgency. The Central Intelligence Agency analyst walks about in her pantsuit and heels, suspicious of everyone. She talks in a deep, hushed voice as if she were plotting world domination.
Quantico is being aired on the Star World and Star World HD channels on Mondays at 9pm. In the episode titled Kudove, directed by Patrick Norris, Chopra’s Alex Parrish attends a covert training operation. She runs into Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin), with whom she was romantically involved in the past. Undergoing a series of physical and mental tests, the new recruits are graded on their performance. They are being trained to fight a group of militants that has threatened to attack New York City. A group of masked men takes the American president hostage along with his wife and several other dignitaries at a summit. Parrish must find a way to rescue them – especially since one of the militants wants to behead the President’s wife.
The dual timeline format of the first episode is confusing, as it jumps between the present and a year ahead, trying to mirror the training procedure of the recruits. Parrish and Booth are pitted against each other in various skill tests, turning it into a “He said, she said” battle of wits. Their banter keeps the drama from crushing under the weight of its First World attitude towards saving the world.
Parrish is depicted as an action heroine who is undeterred by her boyfriend’s presence and willing to put her life on the line. Her instructor Lydia Bates (Tracy Ifeachor) informs Parrish at the training camp, “This isn’t a girl scouts training program”. Alex Parrish (and Priyanka Chopra) is ready.
It's not just about goodwill - inclusivity is a good business decision.
To reach a 50-50 workplace scenario, policies on diversity need to be paired with a culture of inclusiveness. While diversity brings equal representation in meetings, board rooms, promotions and recruitment, inclusivity helps give voice to the people who might otherwise be marginalized or excluded. Inclusion at workplace can be seen in an environment that values diverse opinions, encourages collaboration and invites people to share their ideas and perspectives. As Verna Myers, a renowned diversity advocate, puts it “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.”
Creating a sense of belonging for everyone is essential for a company’s success. Let’s look at some of the real benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace:
Better decision making
A whitepaper by Cloverpop, a decision making tool, established a direct link between inclusive decision making and better business performance. The research discovered that teams that followed an inclusive decision-making process made decisions 2X faster with half the meetings and delivered 60% better results. As per Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino, this report highlights how diversity and inclusion are practical tools to improve decision making in companies. According to her, changing the composition of decision making teams to include different perspectives can help individuals overcome biases that affect their decisions.
Higher job satisfaction
Employee satisfaction is connected to a workplace environment that values individual ideas and creates a sense of belonging for everyone. A research by Accenture identified 40 factors that influence advancement in the workplace. An empowering work environment where employees have the freedom to be creative, innovative and themselves at work, was identified as a key driver in improving employee advancement to senior levels.
A research by Catalyst.org stated the in India, 62% of innovation is driven by employee perceptions of inclusion. The study included responses from 1,500 employees from Australia, China, Germany, India, Mexico and the United States and showed that employees who feel included are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty, suggest new and innovative ways of getting work done.
Shirley Engelmeier, author of ‘Inclusion: The New Competitive Business Advantage’, in her interview with Forbes, talks about the new global business normal. She points out that the rapidly changing customer base with different tastes and preferences need to feel represented by brands. An inclusive environment will future-proof the organisation to cater to the new global consumer language and give it a competitive edge.
An inclusive workplace ensures that no individual is disregarded because of their gender, race, disability, age or other social and cultural factors. Accenture has been a leading voice in advocating equal workplace. Having won several accolades including a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate equality index, Accenture has demonstrated inclusive and diverse practices not only within its organisation but also in business relationships through their Supplier Inclusion and Diversity program.
In a video titled ‘She rises’, Accenture captures the importance of implementing diverse policies and creating an inclusive workplace culture.
To know more about inclusion and diversity, see here.
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