The What, How & Why of Diversity in the Workplace
Last year was a historical year for diversity:
As we begin 2015, we anticipate further significant steps forward:
With this in mind, we explore what diversity in the workplace really means, how to achieve it, and why it is so important.
What Is Diversity?
In short, diversity is about differences between individuals. The Equality Act 2010 is legislation to protect individuals against discrimination. It outlines nine protected characteristics: sex, age, race, maternity/pregnancy, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, disability, gender reassignment, and religion & belief.
Most organisations understand that intentional discrimination or bias is unlawful and unacceptable. However, a less widely acknowledged concept is that of ‘unconscious bias’:
How To Achieve Diversity in the Workplace?
Diversity in the workplace is no mean feat, particularly when unconscious bias impacts on every day decision-making:
Why Is Diversity So Important?
Notwithstanding the fact that it is a legal requirement, diversity in the workplace has many advantages. Organisations have nothing to lose, and everything to gain by striving for improved diversity:
Further Information & Support
French Duncan HR Services have experience in supporting organisations in promoting equality in the workplace, through developing policies and procedures, providing equality awareness sessions and line manager training.
If you would like further information on this, or other aspects of managing the employment life cycle, French Duncan HR Services would be delighted to assist you. Please contact Louise McCosh on 0141 221 2984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free consultation.
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