A question often asked…
For those working in organisational human recourses management, this will be a key daily consideration. But what about the rest of the organisation? What about our profession? What about our community? What about you?
Diversity and inclusion is so much more than policies, programs, or headcounts. It’s about a fundamental belief in the importance of respecting the unique needs, perspectives and potential of all.
These values deliver deeper trust and greater commitment from employees, customers and service receivers.
Diversity does not exist without inclusion. When we feel included at work, we feel such a strong sense of belonging that it drives our positive attitude, commitment and motivation. Higher performance results, and this creates collaborative, aligned and highly creative work-place cultures.
Employees that feel included are more likely to be positively engaged within the organization and this is the fundamental factor that helps retain diversity in the workplace.
Diversity is the “what”; inclusion is the “how”; justice and fairness are the “why”.
Diversity and Inclusion are essential in business today as a healthy variety of people from different backgrounds and cultures provides us with the balance of voices and diversity of thought that we need. This is power and powerful!
If leaders can harness this potential, it can have a huge positive impact on businesses in the short and long term.
Does all or some of this sound appealing?
- Greater innovation and creativity.
- Broader range of skills and perspectives.
- Improved problem solving.
- Improved recruitment and retention of staff.
- Less conflict
- Higher levels of performance and productivity through increased morale and motivation.
- Happier and healthy workforce.
- Greater customer centricity.
- Higher efficiencies, greater profitability and overall added value.
You may then be attracted to attend our three-day CMI Level 7 – Strategic Approaches to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Course.
The aim of this 3-day training course is to enable senior leaders to develop an in-depth understanding of equality, diversity, and inclusion at a strategic level, and identify how to best integrate key objectives into the organisation.
Leaders will have the opportunity to critically assess structural inequality within an organisational and societal context, discuss approaches to comply with legal and good practice requirements, and to appraise the influence of equality, diversity, and inclusion on strategic objectives.
In a consultative and collaborative environment, our diversity and inclusion course will enable you to develop strategic priorities for equality, diversity, and inclusion, develop change plans to integrate strategy into the culture of the organisation, and evaluate the outcomes financially and socially.
The three days will be challenging yet stimulating. Come and join us. We assure you that it will be worth the investment and time.
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