Diversity Characteristics in Focus
Diversity is a vast subject. Legislation alone recognises nine “protected characteristics”. Then there are all the other significant ways that people differ, such as cognitive diversity, which have an important impact in the workplace. Important diversity questions flow from this for all businesses, such as:
- How do we bring on talent through gender sensitivity in the boardroom and elsewhere our organisation?
- How can we find affordable ways of implementing reasonable adjustments to attract and retain new disabled customers and or talented disabled staff?
- How do we make the most of the skills of older workers and manage the retirementof workers in a way that’s fair, lawful and good for business?
- What’s the best way of implementing flexible working programmes that help retain and achieve high perforamance among valued female and male employees who need or want work/life balance?
- What’s the best way of identifying and tackling bullying & harassment or discrimination eg racial, sexual, homophobic – so that it does not damange morale and create a barrier to excellent performance?
Our Characteristics in Focus workshops bring just one diversity characteristics under scrutiny at a time. Our inquiry looks into the realities and impacts the characteristic in question, eg mental health, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity.
We also consider the intersection with other characteristics, eg age and ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender.
And we go on to address what businesses can do to release the potential of diversity skills and knowledge in order to improve marketing and service to the customer and develop the workforce and so enhance performance internally.