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Be great at diversity & inclusion

Maximising the potential of a diverse workforce is not only a social imperative, it is also a competitive advantage.

Are ‘Best Fit’ & Diversity And Inclusion Mutually Exclusive Concepts? 

When we talk about cultural fit in the workplace, we often use the terms right or wrong fit, but what do we actually mean by ‘best fit’? Is it definable, and is cultural fit masking bias or prejudice? Is it possible to achieve a diverse culture and still have a ‘type’ and if so, what impact does that have on organisational culture? Continue reading “Are ‘Best Fit’ & Diversity And Inclusion Mutually Exclusive Concepts? “

Corporate Social Responsibility – All Image & No Substance?

If you aren’t already investing in a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme, you’re probably in the minority.   But is your approach to CSR mere lip service, or are you making a genuine impact beyond the interests of your business? Continue reading “Corporate Social Responsibility – All Image & No Substance?”

Promoting Diversity & Inclusion In Policy & In Practice

Policies have their place and are an important framework of management strategy. But they should not be the final word. Treat individual issues for what they are: unique and different. And when it comes to Equal Opportunities, your employees will judge you on your actions, not the words filed away in the policy manual. Continue reading “Promoting Diversity & Inclusion In Policy & In Practice”

The Male Centric CV – Tips for Breaking Down The Bias

Six seconds isn’t long to make an impression – especially not one that will determine the path of your future. But six seconds is all it takes for recruiters to make an initial ‘fit or no fit’ decision from a CV. In light of this, it is all the more concerning that the definition of a good CV remains so male-centric that it places many women at a significant disadvantage. Read on to explore this concept and learn a few top tips to overcome this challenge – whether as a candidate or as a recruiter. Continue reading “The Male Centric CV – Tips for Breaking Down The Bias”

Mental Health Issues In The Workplace

‘Surviving or thriving’ is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.  We take a look at some of the key facts surrounding mental health, and encourage employers to take a responsible, inclusive and supportive stance.
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Fully Able: The Rising Tide Of Disabled Entrepreneurs

77% of the overall UK working population are employed, yet less than half (49%) of disabled people of working age are employed (ONS). Is this by design or by default? Are employers failing disabled people by not operating a more inclusive approach to their recruitment practices, or by ignoring physical and social barriers that prevent disabled people from working? And is our economy missing out on a huge potential resource and talent pool as a result?  Continue reading “Fully Able: The Rising Tide Of Disabled Entrepreneurs”

Managing Employee Engagement: The Generation Game

There’s no shortage of commentary on the subject of managing and engaging the Millennial workforce. Typically defined as those born between 1980 and 1999, and the largest age group to emerge since the baby boom generation, they are (according to Deloitte) set to make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. They’re defined by the media as the ‘entitled’ generation, demanding, narcissistic, difficult to manage and possessing confidence often outweighing their qualifications. So, what’s the secret to engaging them in the workplace, and how does this align with the needs of your Baby Boomers? Continue reading “Managing Employee Engagement: The Generation Game”

Having A Baby? Big Deal….

As the Government announces plans to crack down on companies who discriminate against pregnant employees or new mums, we ask how it is possible that we are still having this conversation in 2017? Women make up almost half of the working population (47%), on paper have more rights than they ever have had and yet still face discrimination at work for having a baby. Continue reading “Having A Baby? Big Deal….”

Old Dog, New Tricks: The ‘Mature’ Intern

There’s no doubt about it, as a nation we are living longer; average life expectancy in the UK is currently 79 for men and 83 for women. And because we are living longer, we are all likely to work for many more years than our parents’ generation in order to maintain a decent standard of living for our eventual retirement. In fact, by 2020 the over 50s will make up more than a third of the workforce in the UK, making this category a major influence on UK workplaces and the economy. Continue reading “Old Dog, New Tricks: The ‘Mature’ Intern”

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