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Spotlight on diversity in the workplace

March 10, 2022

Diversity in the workplace

At the end of 2021 every list we saw that claimed to predict HR trends for 2022 listed Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) as a key priority for businesses.  It's a topic that can no longer be ignored and this is something we are keen to highlight.

What is Diversity and Inclusion?

Diversity is the word used to reflect and celebrate the differences we all have.

When we talk about inclusion, we are talking about viewing these differences as a positive addition to any high-performing business and establishing practices that enable different people to be and feel included.

We want our workforces to reflect our communities, we want people to bring their whole and true selves to work and we want everyone to achieve their full potential uninhibited by barriers.

Where are we with equality in the UK workforce?

Gender

  • More women (2.3m) than men (2.1m) were furloughed due to the pandemic.
  • Among full-time employees the gender pay gap in April 2021 was 7.9%.
  • Calls to the national domestic abuse helpline run by the charity Refuge were 49% higher in the week prior to 15 April 2020 than the average prior to the pandemic. On 6 April, traffic to the helpline website increased by 700% compared to the previous day.(Domestic abuse calls are usually, though not exclusively, from women)

Race

  • In 2021, 29% of Black and 27% of Asian employees say that they have witnessed or experienced bullying and harassment from their managers.
  • Only 1 in 16 people at senior levels in the private and public sector are from an ethnic minority background.
  • Race equality in the UK will potentially bring a £24 billion per year boost to the UK economy – 1.3 % GDP. That is £481 million a week.

Disability

  • Over 7.6 million working age people in the UK have a disability.
  • Only 51.5% of disabled people are in work, compared with around 81.7% of non-disabled people.
  • 49% of disabled people feel excluded from society.

Sexuality

  • 1.4 million Brits above 16 identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. That’s a big jump from 1.2 million in 2018.
  • A 2018 report found that more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) have hidden that they are LGBT at work for fear of discrimination.
  • And that's all we can tell you - because for this section of the community is severely underrepresented in terms of organisations, support and reporting. This is itself is a terrible indictment. Source for this - the world wide web.

What can we do about it?

For us this is about making real change.  It's great to have a mission statement that reflects equality, values that include anti-racism, gender pay-gap reports and equal opportunity forms to measure, well, equal opportunities. But do these things actually drive real change?  Yes, they are a brilliant starting point but unfortunately too may companies stop there.

Info Guide on Diversity

Contact katy@creamhr.com now for a copy of our info guide for tips on how to create a diverse workforce that recognises the importance of inclusion and equal opportunities.

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