Resources for helping with improving equality
Encouraging equality and diversity in the workplace has boundless benefits when it comes to the wellbeing and performance of your employees as well as your business but navigating your way to a more equal and diverse workplace as a manager can be daunting. Luckily we have searched the internet for resources to help you achieve a better working environment and have compiled a list of 5 of the best tools for you. Take a look below.
- Start speaking the right language
One way to start that will make a big difference to your employees is learning how to speak a language of inclusivity. It can be very easy to accidentally cause offence by saying the wrong thing but educating yourself one what is considered offensive and how to work around this is a sure step in the right direction. This guide by UNISON features 45 pages of easy to read insight on how to address people of different ages, races, genders, abilities and beliefs so you can make sure you are saying the right things to the right people.
- Let the Research do the Talking
To build a better environment in your own workplace, it helps to understand the landscape of equality in the workplace in wider society. If you’re one who likes to listen to the numbers, Accenture have collected a mass of resources directed at helping those wanting to improve their environment through high-level research and industry-backed statistics that highlight the issue from a variety of perspectives. Their reports also include calls to action that you can apply to your own company practices as well as insightful videos and presentations that you can either use as training tools or share amongst your colleagues and friends to encourage them to do better in the eyes of equality.
- Provide Better Access to Opportunities and Advice
Creating an inclusive and safe space for your employees to thrive in is one of the best byproducts that a focus on equality and diversity can bring. This can be better fostered through a mentor program that connects new recruits to current employees from all over the business. By encouraging members of your teams to connect with others from different backgrounds and situations not only will the new hires gain valuable insight into opportunities within the business and tips on how to make the most of their time, but all employees will be able to learn and understand more from the diverse nature of their pairings. This can encourage them to learn more about different cultures, situations and beliefs, practise respectful behaviour and even make new friends and be inspired. Together is a mentor program that aims to do just that and it can be monitored by management to ensure things are running smoothly.
- Review your barriers
Not many would realise that you might be hindering your company from reaching its maximised equality and diversity potential before you’ve even hired someone based on the barriers that are unknowingly put up in job specifications and requirements. Part of the process towards a more equal and diverse workplace involves an audit of all potential barriers that might hinder someone’s ability to work and prosper such as lack of work location flexibility or lack of a work/life balance. Conversation recruiting AI platform MYA have comprised a hiring bias checklist for you to work your way through to ensure your recruitment practices are free from bias.
- Do Your Reading
What better way to educate yourself further on the topic than to hear it from the mouths of so many talented and experienced authors who have made incredible worldwide contributions to the breakdown of harmful societal stigmas through their books. Featuring NYTimes #1 Bestsellers “Say What You Want About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo and “Between the World and Me” by Ta-nehisi Coates, this list by Forbes provides you with a starter list of educational sources that can better your understanding and emotional intelligence about the world and all its people.