Inclusion, Diversity and Equality

What is Workplace Inclusion?

Policies alone are not enough to build an inclusive workplace, and inclusion shouldn’t be a box-ticking exercise. At its most basic level, it is about ensuring that no one feels left out because of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, or other factors such as social background. Ultimately an inclusive working environment allows people to be themselves at work. Equality and diversity can bring with them many challenges, so to promote workplace inclusion, you need to consider how your staff will work together on a daily basis.

QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER

  • Are your training sessions structured in a way that lets everyone get involved?
  • Are the benefits and perks you are offering accessible to all of your employees, or just a select few?
  • Do your employees feel comfortable expressing their needs and do you work together to create solutions that benefit you both?
  • Are you letting employees express their ideas, which can create innovative business solutions?

WHAT DOES DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE LOOK LIKE?

Achieving diversity in the workplace is about ensuring the people who work within and throughout your organisation are representative of wider society. Diversity is the mix of people who make your organisation unique. Although the goal is not to put people in boxes, chances are you're bound to come up against a situation where you would like to know more about a specific characteristic. The Inclusive Employers team can provide tips and insights about the key diversity characteristics; whilst at the same time helping you treat your employees as people - not categories.

AREAS TO CONSIDER UNDER DIVERSITY

Age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, ,and support to pregnant staff and new parents or other factors such as social background

WHAT IS EQUALITY IN THE WORKPLACE?

Equality forms the foundation of inclusion and it's important that employers understand that equality does not necessarily mean treating everyone the same, it is about taking into account differences appropriately. To help members navigate this subtle difference from a legal perspective we've teamed up with DAC Beachcroft LLP to provide you with top legal advice to make sure you've dotted all your 'i's and crossed all your 't's.

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN EMBEDDING EQUALITY

In October 2010 the Equality Act came into force, bringing together previous legislation and strengthening equality laws.

The act built on existing law and brought in the concept of the nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, maternity and pregnancy, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion and belief, sex, sexual orientation. The Equality Act prohibits both direct and indirect discrimination because of any of these characteristics.

As an employer, you have a legal obligation to comply with the Equality Act and stamp out discrimination from your workplace. This means developing policies and practices that guarantee people are treated according to their needs.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND EQUALITY AT WORK?

Diversity in the workplace can have numerous benefits to you as an employer. Put simply, the greater the mix of people in your business, the greater the mix of skills, experiences, perspectives and ideas you can draw on. But the benefits of diversity and equality cannot be fully achieved without creating an inclusive environment.

As well as reducing the risk of disputes and tribunals, an inclusive working environment that allows diversity and equality to flourish brings several business and financial benefits.

Call us to find out what an inclusive culture could do for your organisation.

HOW INCLUSIVE EMPLOYERS CAN HELP YOU

With the Equality Act 2010 covering so many different areas, it can be difficult to know where you stand, even if you have every intention of complying with the law. At Inclusive Employers, we can help you navigate the often complex world of equality legislation and create a workplace that's diverse, inclusive and puts everyone on an equal footing.

As a member, you'll benefit from expert advice and guidance, assistance in setting up the right policies, procedures, programmes and strategies, and access to our helpline for all your queries about equality, diversity and inclusion.

See our membership benefits here.

You can also take advantage of our programme of events, through which you can meet and learn from other experts and other employers.

For more information, call us now on 020 7803 0689 or email us at info@inclusiveemployers.co.uk.