The argument for equality and diversity in the workplace extends much further than the legal imperative to comply with the law or the moral issues persuading us to work towards a fairer society with equality of opportunity. There is a clear business case for diversity at all levels in organisations, offering particularly multi-perspectives in problem solving and decision making, and increased innovation.
However, the barriers to greater workplace equality and diversity are not obvious. Obviously, there is a need for rules that ensure compliance with the law and, better still, encourage the adoption of best practice, but these alone are unlikely to create the truly multi-cultural organisation we might envisage for the future. There has to be a belief at all levels that a truly diverse workforce is both desirable and attainable, which in some organisations means a seismic shift both in awareness of the issues and in attitudes.
In these organisations, there is clearly a need for training in both equality and diversity awareness, and the skills necessary to challenge stereotyping and prejudicial behaviours. The management of unconscious bias and indirect discrimination will only be brought about by education and a commitment to ensure it does not perpetuate inequality into the future.
The aim of this half-day workshop is to provide participants with basic knowledge and skills in aspects of equality and diversity, covering Diversity Awareness, LGBT Awareness, Mental Health Awareness and Unconscious Bias.