Latest host of Workplace Adaptation Program: BHT CLINIC Tema Hospital

News | 07 December 2023
İstanbul (ILO News) – The ILO Office for Türkiye was this week hosted by BHT CLINIC Tema Hospital for an application of ILO’s long-term Workplace Adaptation Program (WAP). The two-day program, which brings together employees from different educational backgrounds and business lines, attracted considerable attention among the hospital personnel.

During the interactive program, the topics of fundamental rights, discrimination and gender equality in the world of work were discussed, as well as the problems encountered by the participants in business life. Experts in the field then provided support to the group in the identification of solutions to their rights-related problems. The event was an opportunity for the recipients to get to know their colleagues better and build on their communication skills.

For the next phase of the program, to be launched in the upcoming days, a workplace buddy system will be introduced.

What is the Workplace Adaptation Program?

The Workplace Adaptation Program supports foreign and Turkish employees who work together in the same workplace in adapting to each other’s working cultures. The program targets the maintenance of an efficient, peaceful and united working environment through the creation of a sense of solidarity by eliminating preconceptions and fostering the establishment and enhancement of harmony in the workplace.

Developed specifically for Türkiye based on international good practices, the program is built around the principles of “decent work” and “competitive and responsible enterprises” promoted by the ILO worldwide.

What is the Workplace Buddy Program?

In the first training session of the WAP, refugee and non-refugee participants are paired as “workplace buddies” with the goal of improving social and workplace interactions between employees. A follow-up training session is then scheduled within a month during which the same group of foreign and Turkish employees can exchange their experiences.

The workplace buddy system seeks to increase the interactions of people with different backgrounds, both within and outside the workplace, and to promote workplace harmony by encouraging the two groups to listen to and understand each other through intercultural communication and learning, thus building bridges and/or strengthening existing ones.

The program is implemented under the “Supporting Resilience and Social Cohesion with Decent Livelihood Opportunities” Project funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).