The power of diversity

Machteld Massee

IT Director and chair of the Diversity Council

 

“Proud to be part of this diverse community.”

 

The man in the office, the Polish woman at Logistics, a younger and older colleague, the colleague in his wheelchair, the Indian at Product Development, the homosexual programmer... At DAF people with very different backgrounds work towards a common goal. "I am proud to be part of this diverse community." says Machteld Massee, IT Director and chair of the Diversity Council.

 
 
Diversity Council
 
“Diversity is not just about man or woman, religion, sexual orientation or ethnic background, it actually means: having an eye for the good side of the people around you and not being blinded by the differences", says Machteld. "Being open to and working with people who are different challenges your brain to think in a new, creative way. In fact, diversity is very simple: it means avoiding unconscious prejudice, not assuming that different is bad and paying attention to any idea that can contribute to the success of DAF.”
 

Not one day is the same

As a woman, Machteld didn't make the most obvious choice either: she works within the IT division of DAF, but graduated as Chemical Engineer. She feels at home within the manufacturing industry, but more important, she feels at home at DAF. "At the IT department, we are constantly working with the latest technological developments. The work is very interesting and not a day is the same. We are all working together at the same quality product. That shared feeling creates a great working environment."

Diversity as enrichment

“Diversity is good for creativity and therefore for innovation within the organization Together with the Diversity Council, we show that being diverse also creates new opportunities. You can learn a lot from other cultures. You can also see it in logo of the Diversity Council: we are a technology company, powered by diverse people. It is the diversity of people that makes me feel very proud and connected to the company. It really feels like a family: We are DAF."

Machteld Massee,
IT Director and chair of the Diversity Council

Machteld Massee
ProudDAF
 


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