People Management – Employers too focused on diversity and have forgotten inclusion, says CIPD report

People Management – Employers too focused on diversity and have forgotten inclusion, says CIPD report

Employers should be spending less time focusing on diversity metrics and more on promoting genuine inclusion, according to a new report from the CIPD, which says businesses must tackle barriers such as poor progression and bias to introduce real change. I was pleased to contribute to this article about the report, Building inclusive workplaces, which was released 23 September 2019 to coincide with the start of National Inclusion Week. The report said employers were often too worried about creating a workforce that looked diverse, and needed to focus more on how employees with diverse backgrounds were supported and included once they were in the business. (more…)...
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Talk Business – 24 Ways to Support your Employees on World Mental Health Day24 Ways to Support your Employees on World Mental Health Day

Talk Business – 24 Ways to Support your Employees on World Mental Health Day24 Ways to Support your Employees on World Mental Health Day

Mental health has been moved top of the agenda in recent years. On World Mental Health Day employers need to move mental health to the top of the discussion, understand and work out how to support their employees on a daily basis. World Mental Health Day has been around since 1992, promoting advocacy, education and awareness against the social stigma of poor mental health in the workplace. Businesses should use World Mental Health Day to open up conversations around mental health. Unlike other injuries and illnesses, mental health is not easily using a pill or medication. It takes acceptance and constant support from the people around us. As most of us spend a third of our life in an office surrounded by our colleagues it takes a lot to breach the social stigma and talk about our mental health. This is why the workplace should use World Mental Health Day effectively to break down barriers and support employees in their struggles. So, as a...
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DiversityQ – Why the success of workplace inclusion relies on the collaboration of all

DiversityQ – Why the success of workplace inclusion relies on the collaboration of all

Diversity and inclusion specialist Teresa Boughey and author of the book Closing the Gap, explains why collaboration across all levels of an organisation is key to embedding impactful diversity and inclusion programmes. When trying to create an inclusive culture, everyone should play a part as the success of diversity and inclusion (D&I) policies rely on implementation by other than managers in the workplace. (more…)...
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HR Grapevine – Enabling your disabled talent

HR Grapevine – Enabling your disabled talent

I was pleased to comment on this important subject. HR must differentiate learning for employees with impairments - but how should this work? There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK. Yet research conducted in 2018 by disability charity Leonard Cheshire discovered that nearly a quarter of all UK employers admit that they would be discouraged from hiring candidates with impairments, whilst a shocking 66% of respondents cited the cost of workplace adjustments as the key reasons for their hesitance – believing that doing so would make a detrimental impact on their bottom line. The charity also found that 17% of disabled candidates who had applied for a job in the past five years said the employer withdrew the job offer as a result of their disability – mainly because making adjustments to workplace structure and education simply wasn’t something the employer was willing to do. These pieces of research evidence just how hard it can be for disabled employees to enter...
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Association of MBAs – Everyone has a role in creating an inclusive culture

Association of MBAs – Everyone has a role in creating an inclusive culture

Inclusivity and diversity in the workplace regularly topping the agenda, but it is still very commonly thought to be the role of HR to ensure that a diverse range of people are employed and that everyone is supported within the organisation. This is not the case, as Teresa Boughey finds out An inclusive culture can never truly be created, without the efforts of leaders, managers, colleagues and those outside the workplace, I’m setting out to show the key role that everyone has to play, alongside that of the HR department, in order to ensure an organisation is welcoming and supportive. (more…)...
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HRD Connect – Prioritise Employee Wellbeing, not just Absence Numbers

HRD Connect – Prioritise Employee Wellbeing, not just Absence Numbers

Teresa Boughey, Founder & CEO, Jungle HR discusses ways in which companies can ensure that they are prioritising the wellbeing of their workforce. We need to move away from sickness and absence and place the focus on health and wellbeing. Often health and wellbeing are viewed as a tick box exercise and/or a legal requirement/obligation instead of an essential way to ensure the inclusive wellbeing of your workplace.  Similarly, it’s important to take care of employees after they return to work from absence and to ensure they are supported.   Whilst there are, of course, cost implications associated with employee absence, it’s also important to take into account the human factor; to explore the impact of any absenteeism and take care of the people involved. This article will offer guidance on how to put health and wellbeing at the top of your agenda. Absenteeism A healthy workforce is a happy workforce and leads to reduced absence, higher employee engagement, and improved business performance.  Employee wellbeing...
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