We held our third Diversity Conference in partnership with The Herald yesterday in Glasgow. It was another inspiring day with many organisations talking about the progress that has been achieved but also some challenging conversations about the issues that many individuals across our workplaces still face. You can find out more about the event from our video.
In just under two weeks time we will host Scotland’s third diversity conference with our partners at The Herald. We’ll be hearing from and engaging with speakers from all sectors of the economy and from all backgrounds. Everyone has a story to tell and a message that emphasises that diversity is not an add on – that diversity is vital to economic growth. We can’t be complacent on diversity or pause for a moment thinking that we’ve made enough progress. Diversity needs to stay on the business agenda.
GenAnalytics has recently completed a significant project in partnership with City Building to explore opportunities for diversity and inclusion in their supply chain. The report – funded by the Scottish Government through the workplace equality fund – sought to understand the barriers to diversity and inclusion activities and the opportunities to share best practice across City Building’s supply chain. We engaged directly with businesses and created a diversity toolkit to support the supply chain to develop their diversity and inclusion strategy. If you would like a copy of the report please contact us. https://www.theconstructionindex.co.uk/news/view/scottish-government-calls-for-action-on-constructions-gender-imbalance
We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand new event in partnership with The Herald – EngAGE. Scotland has a growing older population. We face big challenges and big decisions ahead on affordability of an ageing population, of the type of society we want to see for our older people. But ageing is too often seen as a negative. We want to change the narrative around ageing and talk about the positive opportunities for our economy and our society. With nearly five generations in the workplace how can we maximise the opportunities of an ageing workforce rather than talking it down? That’s what our EngAGE conference is about. With support from The Scottish Government, Glasgow Caledonian University and NTT Data our conference will set the ambition of making Scotland’s the most age friendly economy in Europe. We hope you will join us in this ambition.
We’ve focussed this month on the gender pay gap and you can read more here:
Scotland’s third Diversity Awards took place on Thursday last week with a record number of guests in attendance. 400 individuals from the public, private, third and charity sector joined GenAnalytics and The Herald to recognise winners from across our economy who are all committed to driving the diversity and inclusion agenda forward. We were delighted to be joined by Amy Conachan, star of Hollyoaks and graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, who hosted the evening for us and also Christina McKelvie MSP, Minister for Older People and Equalities, who delivered an inspiring address before the awards ceremony. You can find out who all of our winners were here: Scotland’s Diversity Champions
We know that we still have more to do before our workplaces are truly inclusive however the growth in our awards since its launch three years ago shows us that we are on the right path. We are also as appreciate as ever to our partners who supported the event – many of whom have been with us since day one.
We won’t be slowing up our efforts and plans are already underway for our Diversity Conference and Awards in 2019 so keep an eye out for announcements.
Scotland’s Diversity Champions is a growing network – to join us get in touch.
FDM Group, University of Glasgow, Scottish Water, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Clydesdale Community Initiatives – what does your organisation have in common with these employers?
At first glance you might not think there are no similarities or nothing in common. But if your organisation has made strides in efforts to achieve a diverse and inclusive workforce then you have more in common than you think.
The third Diversity Awards taking place in October this year is the opportunity for your organisation to join our growing network of Scotland’s Diversity Champions.
In just over two years we have recognised the achievement of over 80 businesses, social enterprises, public sector organisations, and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion for the benefit of all.
Some of these organisations were at the early stages on their diversity journey but could demonstrate impact and success. Some have been working on this agenda for a number of years – mainstreaming this into normal day-day business.
There are a whole range of categories available for entry: large employers, medium employers, small employers, third sector, education, communities, youth employment, public sector – a variety of categories with diversity and inclusion at their heart.
Once again, we are also hugely grateful to our partners for supporting this event: BAE Systems, City Building LLP, City of Glasgow College, CIPD, Diageo, Taylor Wimpey, MacRoberts, Royal Mail, ScottishPower, Standard Life Aberdeen, Wheatley Group, and YSC – many of whom have been on this journey with The Herald and GenAnalytics from the beginning and who are absolutely committed to diversity within their own organisations and across our economy as a whole.
If you or your organisation is working to ensure that people have the opportunities to maximise their potential in the workplace and are committed to driving change then we want to hear from you. Even if you have entered in previous years please consider an entry once again.
It’s always an exciting moment when we start reading all the entries that come in from across Scotland. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your organisations’ efforts and achievements. But more importantly don’t miss out on the opportunity to join Scotland’s Diversity Champions. The momentum is behind us on this and definite progress being made. Now is the time to ensure we capitalise on this and continue our efforts to achieve a truly diverse and inclusive economy.
Scotland’s Diversity Awards
We’ve launched a newsletter where we’ll be sharing the latest insights on diversity and inclusion in the workplace along with our own activity in supporting clients. You can access the newsletter here: GenAnalytics August Newsletter and subscribe online to receive future content from us.
We are delighted to welcome our first guest blogger to GenAnalytics.
Dr Julie McElroy epitomises drive, motivation and passion. This Scotswoman has an impressive CV, including being awarded her PhD from the University of the West of Scotland in 2017. Over the years she has become an advocate of equality, inclusion, accessibility. More recently, her work has covered looking at improving equalities practices in workplaces. She shares some of her personal experiences of the challenges she has encountered when securing employment.
Together we can go further and create an inclusive HR Process for all
I believe that a new innovative approach is required to ensure people with impairments are welcomed and respected by employers across the private, public and third sectors. It requires forward-thinking organisations who are looking for ways to improve their business confidence and capability in meeting the needs of accessibility. There are business benefits for attracting people with impairments who have talents. It is also about cultivating the mind-set of all employees within organisations to what they can do to welcome people with impairment in an accessible, cost-saving and inclusive way.
Inclusive leadership leads to positive impacts:
Inclusive Leadership is about treating people and groups fairly based on their unique characteristics, rather than acting on biases derived from stereotypes. Different backgrounds and perspectives lead to a variety of ideas, knowledge, and new ways of doing things. By ensuring that your team includes staff from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, you will widen the range of perspectives, knowledge, and approaches from which decisions are made.
My own most recent employment success was supported and informed by inclusive leadership. This influential senior manager demonstrated that with his leadership style and authority he could make an impact in creating, changing or managing a very traditional workplace culture. His actions and my experience show that in an inclusive setting, leaders can shape the organisation behaviours, attitudes towards hiring and working with people with disabilities. The key to engaging employees with a disability is to understand the individual’s needs and acknowledge decisions taken by individuals followed by being open-minded about situation and assess each part as they come. The cornerstone of success of ‘people’ leadership skills is based on feeling adept to dealing with others, we are individually different at the end of the day. But we all want to feel valued and to make a contribution to those organisations that we work for.
Organisational culture, why it matters:
Organisations who embrace diversity, equality and inclusivity can ignite harmony. From my experiences, I have experienced many “toxic” cultural environments. I can sense them as soon as I go into organisations and I believe it is created by the values, beliefs and behaviours of the people who work there and its leadership. All these elements shape how a potential candidate is likely to be welcomed and the experience they are likely to have.
I believe greater openness will ensure that more individuals with impairments will be allowed to fulfil their aspirations. Increasing the profile and opportunities for individuals with impairment in the organisation will ensure the stigma and assumptions are addressed. Therefore, it is time to start thinking about values based cultures. By sharing common principles of inclusive workplaces it becomes ‘automatic’ to embed these values into everyday operation and that includes in your recruitment practices..
I believe we can make that change in Scotland. Let’s now take the opportunity to implement an inclusive ethos where a diverse workforce can be celebrated with an array of a talents shared by everyone.
With the heatwave, a World Cup and the start of the summer holidays, April 2018 now seems like a long time ago…
Yet rewind three months back and many of us were waiting for the final wave of organisations to report their gender pay gap – the first time ever organisations with over 250 employees were required to do so in the UK.
At the time there was a significant amount of media coverage, a lot of commentary about the causes of the gap, some incredulity at the high figures reported, some misunderstandings on the difference between the pay gap and equal pay, and some fake news questioning the very existence of the gap at all.
Fast forward three months later and whilst we’re in summer-time mode it appears as if it’s all quiet on the pay gap front.
At GenAnalytics we’re using the summer months to ask organisations to really focus on understanding the causes of their gender pay gap, to undertake competitor benchmarking, and begin to implement the steps required to close the gap.
With just over nine months to go before the 2019 reporting deadline we can’t allow this to become a once a year tick box exercise with the pay gap drawer being open and shut once every twelve months.
• 78% of employers in the UK with 250 staff or more pay men more than women
• The industries with the highest gaps reported include financial services, utilities, manufacturing, construction, professional and scientific, transportation, and retail
• The UK has a higher gender pay gap than the OECD average
• Scotland’s pay gap although marginally less than the rest of the UK is still higher than the OECD average
• Closing the gender pay gap in Scotland would contribute an additional £6.5bn to the economy
So for those employers who are committed to closing the gender pay gap, talk to GenAnalytics about the insights we can provide to support you.
We have been undertaking benchmark analysis for employers in transport and logistics, construction, legal, and financial services. Our advice to any organisation is based around the following principles:
• Data Analysis
• People Investment
• Action for change
• Continuous tracking
Let’s keep the gender pay gap on the agenda. It is the right thing to do but for businesses seeking to attract and retain talent and beat the competition – it’s the smart thing to do.
For a confidential discussion about the gender gap gap or wider diversity challenges please contact us.
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