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In a changing world with increasingly complex scenarios businesses are challenged to adapt. A diverse workforce and open-minded managements are assets that will help to find innovative and creative solutions. These articles chart the progress and take a look at initiatives that put diversity at the centre of operations.

How Accessible is Academia?

Dr Nicole Brown is Head of Research Ethics and Integrity & Associate Professor at UCL Institute of Education. She is an expert on ableism in academia, having authored several papers about the subject, wrote and edited two books on the topic as well as two other books. She currently leads the module “Disabilities, Chronic Illnesses…

“Black people do talk about race, we just may not be talking about it with white people”

The authors of Cambridge University Press’ We’re Not OK: Black Faculty Experiences and Higher Education Strategies discuss mental health, retention, and fostering an inclusive environment for Black academics.  Justin Stewart, former journalist and member of BOLD (Black Organizers, Leaders, and Doers) Dr Antija Allen, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Pellissippi State Community College Dr Antija Allen…

Staff shortages: Which industries are most affected by The Great Resignation?

Since the pandemic, in a quest for better work conditions and better quality of life and a more rewarding work-life balance, certain workers (more females than men, according to this NPR poll) have been leaving the traditional workplace in droves, leading to the emergence of what is now known as the ‘Great Resignation’. The effects…

Breaking The Bias: Dame Stephanie Shirley’s Speech for International Women’s Day

To mark International Women’s Day, Diversity Network is delighted to present a brand new speech on gender equality by Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley CH, founder of the autism charity Autistica, entitled ‘Breaking The Bias’. In 1962, Dame Stephanie created a software company when the concept of software barely existed. Freelance Programmers employed women to work on complex…

Supporting Your Shift Workers

Photo by Christina @ wocintechchat.com on Unsplash Your employees are the driving force behind your business moving forward and thriving. It is everything that they do which makes a difference to the quality of your products, the satisfaction of your clients or customers, and more.  Having said that, shift work poses a new type of…

How To Improve Your Leadership Skills As An Employer

Image Credit Being an employer or running a business is certainly not for the faint-hearted. It is a massive responsibility to empower you while placing a heavy burden of challenges on your shoulder. Leadership skills play a crucial role in the success of any business entity or venture, and a lack of it can easily…

Five Minutes With… Volunteer Vision

“Increasingly more companies – especially in Europe – have realised that mentoring is a true superpower when it comes to developing a workforce’s talent and mindset,” says Julia Winkler, one of the co-founders of the online mentoring provider, Volunteer Vision. The organisation aims to help companies to professionally empower people of all diversity groups, within…

All You Need To Be A Better Manager

Image source: Pexels One of the hardest things to be in the workplace is a manager. To be in front of others and telling them what to do isn’t always easy. You might come straight into this position through excellence, or you might grow gradually into the role to become the member of staff with…

Helping Your Business to Thrive with an Ageing Workforce

Pexels – CCO Licence As we are all living longer and pension ages are rising, it is fair to say that your older workforce is also your future workforce. If you neglect this group, you will be storing up a number of problems for the future, and you could even find yourself on the wrong…

How to Retain Parents After Parental Leave Whitepaper

Increased turnover goes hand in hand with an increase in recruitment costs. Lacking support for employees after re-entry leads to lowered satisfaction, productivity decreases, absence from work increases and there is a risk of losing these employees over the course of a few months after re-entry. Additionally, organizations can strengthen their employer brand and unlock…

5 Ways To Put Yourself In Line For A Promotion In 2022

Photo courtesy of https://unsplash.com/photos/BbSBf5uv50A If you are looking for a  promotion for some time but haven’t yet progressed to where you want to be, you may be feeling somewhat frustrated in your role. To increase your chances of securing that promotion and progressing within your role, read on for some useful tips… Become a really…

Tackle Racism With Literature

Chiatulah Ameke is a diversity and inclusion consultant who trains employees across the UK in the public sector. He has launched a book called Black Lives Rising (available on Amazon). He uses satire and humour in 33 short stories to discuss racism in society including one story about a second Black US president. How long…

Construction sector’s commitment to DEI

There is a skill shortage in the construction sector in the UK and yet only 15 per cent of the workforce is women and 6 per cent is from Black, Asian and ethnic minorities. The Chartered Institute of Building hopes to address the issue through its first EDI action plan, set to run until December…

“Employees have a right to work in an environment where fertility and family journeys are respected and recognised as part of an inclusive workplace”

Infertility affects one in six people in the workforce: Fiona Skinner, Founder of the Fertility Coaching Company, is determined to bring more attention to this fact and encourage HR leaders to include a fertility policy in their workplace. Q: One in eight male and female couples in the UK are affected by fertility issues. And…

Q and A with: Dennis Velco, OutBüro

With a staggering 48,000 global members, OutBüro is the largest LGBTQ+ group on LinkedIn – and is one of the first of any type of group to have been formed.  It is also a standalone website, and the name OutBüro roughly translates to ‘out at work’ in German. In Dennis’ own words: “I wanted the…