Not only is inclusivity a moral responsibility for employers, it can also lead to positive outcomes for the business as a whole – with research from McKinsey showing that companies with diverse teams out-perform their rivals.
Creating a working environment made up of different ethnicities, genders, backgrounds and abilities allows for a greater understanding of markets, a broader customer base, and a catalyst for innovative products and ideas.
But diversity and inclusion efforts aren’t going far enough…
- 1 in 3 employers are less likely to hire a transgender person
- Gender pay gap figures show 8 in 10 firms pay men more than women
- In the UK, 1 in 4 people will have a mental health problem at some point
- Companies with more diverse management teams create a 19% higher innovation revenue
How do you go about attracting a wide variety of people with the correct skill sets and talent? What happens when ‘awkward’ situations arise from your employees’ personal lives?
Inclusivity is not easy and it throws up uncomfortable conversations. Should you therefore shy away? Or tackle it head-on, embracing the individuals who work for you?
At Management Today’s Inclusion Matters conference on 25 – 26 June you’ll have a chance to learn from business leaders in organisations who have successfully navigated this recruitment path and benefited from an inclusive workforce. Top speakers over the two days include: Sir Philip Hampton (Hampton-Alexander Review), Mark Lomas (HS2), Meg Mathews (megsmenopause.com), Pip Jamieson (The Dots), Kevin Costello (Haymarket Media Group), and Dan Brooke (ex-CMO of Channel 4) who will be sharing practical insights, best practice and strategy tips on building a more inclusive workplace.
See the full agenda and book your place here: inclusionmattersconference.co.uk
This article comes courtesy of Management Today – media partner at the CIPD Festival of Work.
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