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Equality And Diversity In The Workplace

November 26th, 2015 by Alison McKinney | No Responses

Within the UK, Equality and diversity are terms used to define and champion equal treatment regardless of our differences giving every individual the chance to achieve their potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.

The legislation governing equality in the workplace is wide ranging and comprehensive. It essentially sets out minimum standards that employers and their employees should comply with to ensure that discrimination is eliminated in the workplace, but generally in society too. The key Act is the Equality Act 2010, which repealed a number of previous anti-discrimination laws and sets out expectations in relation to eliminating discrimination with regard to a number of protected characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, disability and others.

In the case of disability, for instance, organisations must put in place reasonable work place adjustments in order that a disabled person can continue to do their job. These adjustments can be wide ranging from physical working environment changes to adjustments to work patterns and working hours. Given the … read more »

Are we a nation of under-skilled slackers!

November 5th, 2015 by Jacqueline Mitchell | No Responses

First estimates produced by the ONS for 2014 suggest that productivity output per hour in the UK was 20 percentage points below the average for the rest of the major G7 advanced economies, the widest productivity gap since comparable estimates began in 1991.

Quite a shock to the system to hear that!  This follows the launch by George Osbourne back in July 2015 of the Government’s ‘Fixing the Foundations’ plan. A 15 point solution to improving the UK’s productivity problem intended to make us one of the richest world-wide nations.

The statistics, the reasons, the solutions to all of this is far more complex than can be covered in this blog but it set me thinking about where opportunities exist within large and small businesses to make a difference to their own productivity.

When we work with our clients to share an understanding of how employee engagement has a direct impact on bottom line organisational performance (erm, that’s productivity … read more »

Can I have a P please Bob?

November 3rd, 2015 by Jacqueline Mitchell | No Responses

I’m sure we all remember the quiz where that legendary question would pop up.  The teenage contestants able to choose a letter to help them track across a board.  It always seemed that whenever P appeared on the board the contestants would vie to be able to ask for it, and therefore enjoy the moment of being the one daring to be so bold to ask ‘that’ question, yet act so nonchalant.  It tickled the teenage psyche for sure.

The important thing here though was having the choice. Most of us like to have options and get greater pleasure and satisfaction from being able to choose rather than being told what we must have or do.

When we look around at our colleagues at work do we see everyone the same with similar needs and wants?  Some are young, others older; some have families others not; people with different lives, beliefs and priorities.  I wonder, then, why it is that we typically … read more »

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