Many organisations now recognise the value of greater diversity in the workplace.
For some, this will lead to a major diversity focussed recruitment drive, without necessarily understanding that hiring new people is only half the solution.
The other half lies in inclusion - creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to progress and succeed while remaining authentic and true to themselves.
Establishing a culture where people are accepted for who they are and what they can contribute is critical to achieving a sustainable balance.
Without these principles in place, it is very likely that new or recently promoted staff will fail to thrive and ultimately leave.
Diversity comes in many forms, beyond gender, age or ethnicity. People with disabilities, mental health issues, workers who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual or Transgender (LGBT) or those from a different background, country or faith, all have a highly valuable contribution to make in the global economic community we now live in and will be a closer reflection of an organisation’s client base.
Having a truly diverse workforce that feels acknowledged and accepted in all its shape and forms will encourage innovation, stronger client relationships and create competitive advantage.
Following the positive responses we received from our first toolkit, we have recorded ten new perspectives on inclusion, which are published in full on the enclosed USB stick and summarised in this booklet.
We are very grateful to the featured leaders who share their honest, inspiring and sometimes challenging journeys with us.
The toolkit is not intended to be a standard instruction manual. Instead, we hope we have provided some fresh thinking and guidance for the challenges that diversity and inclusion in the workplace presents.
We hope you find it useful in your own drive for cultural change.