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

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I’m Not Racist, But …

‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin’ (Nelson Mandela).  Very true, but we are all capable of viewing the world through a racially biased lens … even when we don’t realise it. So, exactly what is ‘casual racism’ in the workplace, and how can employers eradicate it? Continue reading “I’m Not Racist, But …”

Have You Identified Your Main Diversity Challenges?

Tackling the right problems in the right order.  It might sound simple, but it isn’t always all that easy to distinguish between what’s urgent and what’s important.  At least, not without proper evaluation.    Continue reading “Have You Identified Your Main Diversity Challenges?”

Flexible Working – 5 Gains for Employers

Each year at the National Worklife Week Conference, speakers from companies large and small present on the latest flexible working initiatives which have delivered not only bottom-line benefit to their organisations, but also invaluable intrinsic satisfaction to employees.  Continue reading “Flexible Working – 5 Gains for Employers”

Talk To Me, Not My Wheelchair

Living with a disability presents challenges, of that there is no doubt.  But for most people, whilst it is a fact of their lives, it is not the most interesting thing about them.  Nor do they wish it to define them in everyday conversation.    Continue reading “Talk To Me, Not My Wheelchair”

Migrants: What Have They Ever Done For Us?

As the refugee crisis continues, opinions remain as divided as ever in the UK on the subject of immigration: close the borders and send them all back, or offer shelter and welcome them with open arms? As today marks International Migrants’ Day, we take a look at the story of two inspiring role models. Continue reading “Migrants: What Have They Ever Done For Us?”

Supporting Working Carers: An Essential Employer’s Guide

Britain’s population is ageing, and based on the demographic forecast, the number of carers in the UK is set to increase by 3.4 million (circa 60%). How can employers do their bit to ensure that caring responsibilities and career orientation are not a binary choice? Continue reading “Supporting Working Carers: An Essential Employer’s Guide”

From ‘Mum’ To ‘Working Mum’: 8 Ways Employers Can Support The Transition

“Career Limiting Move (jargon): Any action endangering one’s future prospects of getting plum projects and [salary] raises, and possibly one’s job”. (Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com).

We’ve probably all executed a few of these in our time. Some more cringeworthy than others, of course. Hitting ‘send to all’ in inappropriate circumstances surely has to top the list. As does leaving the company laptop in a taxi after a few too many post-work drinks. Or having a baby and taking statutory maternity leave.

Say what? Continue reading “From ‘Mum’ To ‘Working Mum’: 8 Ways Employers Can Support The Transition”

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”

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