Shifting towards a diverse outlook
More and more people seem to be talking about diversity in the workplace which is, of course, a great thing. But, despite an increase in awareness of the problem, we still simply don’t have enough actual diversity in our modern businesses.
Britain is the proud home of multiculturalism but if these different demographics aren’t being recognised in the workplace then perhaps we’re not as inclusive as we originally thought.
A quick look at the figures show that there is still plenty of work to be done. The UK hasn’t quite reached the government’s target of 25 per cent of women serving on the boards of FTSE 100 companies, although we’re getting close at 23.5 per cent.
Meanwhile, Google openly acknowledged they weren’t where they’d like to be with their gender and ethnicity equality in the workplace initiative earlier this year. It’s great that diversity is on our radar but we need to see big businesses take positive stands and begin implementing practices that will encourage a fairer work environment. If they lead the way, smaller businesses will find it easier to follow.
Bringing diversity to the workplace can initially be a challenge but, if it’s a step towards creating a fairer workplace with diverse perspectives, this can only be a good thing in the long run.