Living Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Work in 2018
It would be fantastic if 2018 was the year that there was a major shift upwards in the statistics for equality, diversity and inclusion at work.
We can all do something to bring about change.
According to research it takes just seconds to judge people on their appearance. We all make quick judgements and thin-slice all of the data we take in (with non-verbal taking up a big percentage) and filter it through our values and belief system. Familiar and similar ‘fits’ more quickly. However this filtering, that we all do unconsciously, has a huge role in how we view and interact with those different to ourselves. The implications are enormous to our own growth, the growth of those around us, especially if we are a manager of people, how we recruit (often in our own image) and business growth – ”racially diverse companies outperform industry norms by 35%” (Forbes).
Equality and diversity is under the spotlight for 2018. In the UK April, is the deadline for qualifying companies to make public their gender pay gap data. Although, as reported in HR Magazine, 1/10 firms may not make the deadline, a survey of managers within middle-market businesses found that ”’78% said that the reporting obligations would help reduce the size of the gender pay gap.”
And it’s not just pay that needs addressing, last year Fortune reported that the number of female CEO’s of the Fortune 500 companies had fallen to 4.2%. It has been reported in the past by the New York Times that ”Fewer large companies are run by women than by men named John…’’. We often see similar statistics for racial diversity in the workplace too.
Forbes has previously reported a SHRM report that 41% of managers are “too busy” to implement diversity initiatives, BUT we can all make this change by collectively being more conscious of our own judgements and bias about others.
really living diversity, equality, and inclusion.
We can all choose to include people, encourage contribution, be kind and make others feel special;
- Assume positive intent of others – all of us are good at heart.
- Value others and value kindness at work.
- Be conscious of your thoughts when interacting with others, silence your judgement and listen.
- Encourage ideas, debate and questions to allow full contribution and creativity.
- When with others switch off your inner critic (we all have one) and switch on your insightful awareness and openness.
- Ask questions, to really get to know others.
- Ask yourself what you sense about another person when you interact with them rather than what you think about them.
- Don’t get drawn into office gossip and conversations that are at the expense of others – be positive about others.
Bring the best you to work every day and positively encourage others to do the same.