Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Joseph Manak
Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Joseph Manak

Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Joseph Manak

At Workwear Group we’re proud to celebrate the diversity of our Team Members.

At Workwear Group we’re proud to celebrate the diversity of our Team Members. Throughout Harmony Week, we’ll introduce you to different Team Members from across the business and share a little bit about their backgrounds.

Introducing Joseph Manak, who has been with Workwear Group for close to 2 years. Joseph is based in NSW in his role as a Business Development Manager for the Wholesale Business.

I was born in the southern most part of India, the state of Kerala. We have our own language, our own traditional attire which is called Mundu and Jubba (photo below) and our own festivals which is different to the rest of the country. At home, I speak Malayalam. I am from the southern tip of India and the language is specifically spoken in the state of Kerala. To say ‘How are you’ – Say ‘Enthaa Veeshashem’…

I migrated to New Zealand to do my Uni and fell in love with the place. I later moved to Australia because my sister lives here.

Our biggest festival is called ‘Onam’ which is normally celebrated in August. Onam festival is celebrated to honour the kind-hearted and much-beloved demon King Mahabali, who is believed to return to Kerala during this festival. According to Vaishnava mythology, King Mahabali defeated the Gods and began ruling over all three worlds. We buy and wear new clothes, get together as families, have boat races and decorate the house with flowers etc.

My favourite cultural dish is the Kerala Fish curry, try making it! https://www.kannammacooks.com/kerala-fish-curry-recipe/

What does Joseph value about Australia’s multiculturalism?

“It’s about learning and celebrating life with different people from different backgrounds and cultures that I enjoy the most.”

Joseph’s view on how multiculturalism can add value to the workplace:

“It helps us learn and work together as one race, as one team to achieve a single goal- that is to grow the business. It helps to build the business based on talent and not based on gender, race or any other diverging factors.”

Next up: Meet Irene Tzintzis

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