How can I help my staff have a better appreciation and respect for differences?
Do my policies and HR practices comply with current equality and diversity legislation?
How do I make sure recruitment is fair and does not discriminate?
What are protected characteristics?
Does equality and diversity apply to my organisation?
Equality is about fostering and promoting the right to be different, to be free from discrimination, to have choice and dignity and to be valued as an individual, with a right to have personal beliefs and values.
The word diverse means ‘varied and different’. Diversity in the workplace is about valuing variety and individual differences. Employers work to create a culture, environment and practices which respect and value differences for the benefit of society, organisations and individuals.
Equal opportunity is about addressing representation and balance, but is a term most often used within human resources to describe the measures taken by organisations to ensure fairness in employment and the recruitment process.
Organisations who embrace Equality & Diversity reap the benefits
A diverse workforce is important because the organisation can offer a wider range of resources, skills, ideas and energy to the business, providing a competitive edge. Organisations who embrace diversity reap the benefits of resourcing from a wider pool of talent, broaden their market, improve productivity and raise their profile in the community.
Training and support from Landsker
Landsker HR specialists help organisations to manage equality and diversity appropriately, which can include actively encouraging a diverse workforce and fostering a culture where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Landsker also delivers fully funded training for Social Enterprises through the Wales Co-operative Centre.
Good equality and diversity practices can benefit an organisation in a number of ways, including:
- Creating opportunities within the organisation through internal promotion
- Utilising the knowledge of different areas of the community
- Understanding market segments and consumer behaviour
- Becoming an employer of choice
- Having a more representative ‘balanced’ workforce
- Attracting, recruiting and retaining a wider talent pool
- Improving retention and progression for employees
- Encouraging contrasting perspectives to improve teams and success
- Improving employee morale and therefore raising motivation
- Improving standards of delivery