Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Nihan Khan
Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Nihan Khan

Celebrating Harmony Week - Meet Nihan Khan

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 Nihan Khan, Systems Compliance Officer who will have been with Workwear Group for two years this coming April.

I speak Urdu at home. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan and is spoken in India as well. Urdu is written in the Persian-Arabic script and unlike English, it is written from right to left. Urdu is also known as language of poets as it defines grace and beauty. Writing and poetry are delineated in Urdu so effortlessly that the best literary and poetic works are written in Urdu.

My parents were both born in Pakistan and currently live in Dallas, Texas. My husband moved to Australia for his Masters 8 years ago and fell in love with the culture and people. I moved here 4 years ago from New York and I have grown really fond of the people and lifestyle.

A huge part of my culture is food, family/ friends gatherings, music, vibrant cultural clothes and sports (especially cricket).These cultural traits/values are embedded in my daily life are a huge part of who I am.

The most important cultural/religious event for me is Eid, which we celebrate twice a year. It is important to me as we celebrate one of the Eid’s after Ramadan (month of fasting). It is generally celebrated by spending the day with family and friends, enjoying home cooked meals and desserts, exchanging gifts, and giving money/gifts to children (and if lucky, adults too!). Charity also forms a key part of Eid. It’s such a festive and happy event.

I am a huge fan of spicy food and rice so my favourite dish is “Biryani”. Essentially, it’s your favourite chicken curry (or vegetable or other protein of choice) buried under a mound of delicately spiced fluffy rice, all made in one pot. The rice is steamed over a low heat so it absorbs the flavours of the curry bubbling away underneath. (Yumm!).

What do you value about Australia’s multiculturalism?

“The fact that I have never felt like I am in a foreign country is what I value most about Australia’s multiculturalism. I have interacted with people from various cultures and learnt so much throughout the process. I love how everyone is so keen to learn about my culture and respects my beliefs and values.”

How do you think multiculturalism can add value to the workplace?

“Embracing multicultural concepts at work helps people feel appreciated for who they are and the unique skills they offer. Many of those skills might have nothing to do with cultural background, but the fact that diversity is embraced lets employees know they are valued. Valued employees tend to be happier, and happier employees tend to be more productive. A diverse corporate culture has a direct impact on getting things done well.”

Next up: Meet Anna Nguyen

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