Training Industry – Diversity Is Important, but Belonging Is What Unites the Workplace

Training Industry – Diversity Is Important, but Belonging Is What Unites the Workplace

Despite the increased emphasis placed on diversity and inclusion (D&I) within both the business community and the media, a prevailing idea still exists that, once an organisation has brought on a diverse group of employees, it can call itself inclusive. Of course, diverse recruitment and representation are critical steps when establishing an inclusive business, but they are not the only requirements. Inclusive businesses see past the differences and focus on creating a true sense of belonging. (more…)...
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Addressing the Shortfall of Women in Leadership

Addressing the Shortfall of Women in Leadership

In February 2016, the government appointed Sir Philip Hampton and the late Dame Helen Alexander to chair an independent review which focused on encouraging increased female representation on FTSE boards and women in senior executive positions. Targets were set and stretched and it was encouraging that last week’s 2019 Hampton-Alexander Review shows some positive progress. (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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Fair Pay Battle – Major Step Forward

Fair Pay Battle – Major Step Forward

The Asda Shop Workers equal pay battle (31 January 2019), is being called a landmark case in terms of predominately female shop workers winning the right to equal pay with predominately male warehouse workers. But equal pay disputes have been going on since the days of the striking Ford sewing machinists back in 1968. which was widely credited as a catalyst for the Equal Pay Act which came into effect two years later. Yet the Equal Pay Act is not black and white in terms of the same job for the same pay, there have been many disputes about the type of work done, levels of responsibility and bonuses paid to different groups of workers. (more…)...
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Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Addressing Diversity in the workplace goes far beyond the now annual exercise of Gender Pay reporting, a Government initiative aimed at addressing pay disparities between female and male employees with the intention of closing the gap within a generation. Organisations with over 250 employees had until midnight on 4 April 2018 to publish their data, and whilst reporting has provided many organisations with the opportunity to take the first steps, for some the figures represent an uncomfortable truth. (more…)...
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