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Inclusion and Diversity in the workplace

Promoting and supporting diversity in the workplace is an important aspect of good people management – it’s about valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual.

However, to reap the benefits of a diverse workforce it’s vital to have an inclusive environment where everyone feels able to participate and achieve their potential. While UK legislation – covering age, disability, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation among others – sets minimum standards, an effective inclusion and diversity strategy goes beyond legal compliance and seeks to add value to a business, contributing to employee wellbeing and engagement.

• Inclusion is where people’s differences are valued and used to enable everyone to thrive at work. An inclusive working environment is one in which everyone feels that they belong without having to conform, that their contribution matters and they are able to perform to their full potential, no matter their background, identity, or circumstances. An inclusive workplace has fair policies and practices in place and enables a diverse range of people to work together effectively.

• Diversity is about recognising differences. It’s acknowledging the benefit of having a range of perspectives in decision-making and the workforce being representative of the company’s customers.
To become more inclusive, leaders need to understand the state of play in their business, celebrate positive practices, and take action where issues are raised.

Useful tips

Add inclusion questions to your existing company survey on key areas of inclusion, which are:

1. employee behaviour
2. line manager capability
3. senior leadership
4. policies and wider people management practices
5. organisational culture, climate and values.

For more details on how to support and promote diversity in your workplace contact us today.