Diversity and Inclusion is one of the most important issues in business today. But, just what is Diversity and Inclusion?
Diversity is the range of human differences, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability or attributes, religious or ethical values system, national origin, and political beliefs.
Inclusion is the deliberate act of welcoming diversity and creating an environment where all different kinds of people can thrive and succeed.
In today’s world, we should accept people as they are but unfortunately, society is divided into two types of people: those who accept you and those who don’t. Let’s take a look at some of the things which can cause diversity issues:
Lack of Awareness
Most people don’t actually realise how diverse people are. Although this issue is currently discussed widely on social media, people still don’t completely understand how it is important to respect differences between us. Creating and developing awareness about equality acts, as well as other laws and regulations, will help those who don’t understand get to grips with the social issues.
Leadership Lacks Diversity
How often have you visited the leadership team pages on company websites to find them dominated by white males? It’s impossible to encourage diversity and inclusion at the employee level if the entire leadership team lacks diversity. Companies need to aim to hire a diverse set of professionals to represent all of their business functions. If a company wants to improve the number of underrepresented minorities they hire, each level in the company must have a passion for the execution of diversity and inclusion. If they’re all talk, and no action, then there will be no improvement on diversity and inclusion.
A Fear of Change and Getting it Wrong
There’s no doubt revamping the culture and recruiting of an already high-performing company may bring fears around their performance. The process of rebranding a company’s culture takes time and effort away from daily company operations. However, the overall reward of having a more diverse workplace is undeniable. For example, if companies want to brand their products for a diverse consumer population, a diverse professional population would only help.
The Need for Specialists
In the workplace, there is often a lack of people who can hand the changes effectively when it comes to implementing the acts or new rules on treating diverse employees. Specialists such as D&I and Transgender Awareness expert, Joanne Lockwood, works with business and organisations to support them and promote awareness and understanding to overcome people’s fear of getting it wrong.
This is why she is joining us this Friday, 25th January to run two sessions in Glasgow and Edinburgh. The aims and objectives of the sessions are:
– To develop an awareness of the principle of diversity, inclusion and belonging with a focus on supporting the needs of individuals
– To be able to build and implement sustainable corporate inclusion strategies that deliver measurable results
The format will include a workshop, quiz, discussion and Q&A. The details of the session are below:
– Glasgow – 9am – 11am, Burness Paull LLP, 120 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 7JL
– Edinburgh – 2pm – 4pm, Burness Paull LLP, 50 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh EH3 9WJ
We still have a few spaces left so let us know if you’d like to come along.
Written by Siobhan Brady, Digital Marketing Executive at Candidate.ID.
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