OPINION

Time to speak. We give the platform to some of the leading influencers and experts in Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, to enable recruitment professionals to voice their opinions on relevant topics covering diversity across the UK. 

 

Why is Diversity of Opinion Important?
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Why is Diversity of Opinion Important?

Why are differing perspectives and opinions important in the workplace? When each member of your team is already on the same page, you run the risk of creating a stale environment. In order to push boundaries, and consider all possible angles, a wider range of influences and opinions are needed. Recognition of diverse perspectives..

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Building A Young Workforce
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Building A Young Workforce

Whilst unemployment is at an all-time high, new businesses are also facing challenges from the impact of the pandemic. Opportunities through paid internship schemes have allowed for certainty in many graduates going forward, and hearing these success stories are motivating young people across the UK. Searching for your first job..

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We must all be mental health champions – Eluned Anderson
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We must all be mental health champions – Eluned Anderson

Britain is facing a crisis. Over three-quarters of young workers have experienced mental health challenges, with nearly half having experienced suicidal thoughts. This crisis has only been exacerbated by the pandemic, with young people more likely to have lost their jobs or been furloughed. This has led many to be..

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Work’s Been My Saving Grace, But It’s Time For A Change
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Work’s Been My Saving Grace, But It’s Time For A Change

It’s safe to say the last 12 months have not been easy for people. With so much in our lives being outside of our control, often our work has proven to be a saving grace. While many people have battled through redundancy and furlough schemes since last March, for many..

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Has the Oscars Really Faced up to its Race Problem?
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Has the Oscars Really Faced up to its Race Problem?

Back in 2016, after another all-white set of acting nominations, the #OscarsSoWhite protest movement gained major global attention.  Five years on, how much has changed, asks Leila Latif in a BBC Culture article. It started, as so many things do nowadays, with a hashtag. In 2015, lawyer-turned-activist April Reign took..

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Building a Legacy of Inclusion: Results From Our First Film and Series Diversity Study
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Building a Legacy of Inclusion: Results From Our First Film and Series Diversity Study

When we launched our first TV shows in 2013 like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, we aspired to tell stories that weren’t available elsewhere. Not only in terms of the variety we offered,  but also the people and cultures we brought to the screen. As we expanded into films..

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Lisa Francis – The difference equalities policies can make
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Lisa Francis – The difference equalities policies can make

Equality is something that I have been passionate about for some time. Before Community I worked in a residential unit for people with mental health illnesses and I volunteered as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist. I helped people physically and mentally which was a very rewarding job and increased my awareness..

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An Activist’s Reflection on the History of LGBT+ History Month in the UK by Sue Sanders
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An Activist’s Reflection on the History of LGBT+ History Month in the UK by Sue Sanders

Thinking back, when growing up in London in the 1950s, I knew nothing  about gay and lesbian people, and even less about LGBT history. When  I was a kid, there were two gay men who lived next door; one worked at  Decca, the then record company. I would sing in..

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Creating legacy change across the building services engineering sector
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Creating legacy change across the building services engineering sector

Otis Boykin, Lincoln Hawkins, Garrett Morgan, Shirley Jackson, Lewis Latimer, Marie Van Britten…just to name a few people who have had an impact on our world – but does everyone know who these people are? These are all people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community who have..

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Simon Tse  – We need to talk about race. And do better.
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Simon Tse – We need to talk about race. And do better.

When I was asked if I would become Cabinet Office Race Champion by the previous Permanent Secretary Sir John Manzoni in October 2019, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. I was honoured to be asked, and being the first person from an ethnic minority to fill the role was even..

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Raj Tulsiani – Making an Unconscious Decision
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Raj Tulsiani – Making an Unconscious Decision

Unconscious bias is everywhere. It’s an integral part of being a human being. It’s the reason why we feel comfortable with people we assume are similar to us and why organisations often hire or promote the same sort of people, leading to a mini-me culture. Even the most freethinking, open-minded..

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Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism
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Time to speak up: some necessary words about racism

In September 2016 nine people from Black Lives Matter UK chained themselves together on the runway at London City airport to protest against racial injustice. Seven of them were arrested after passengers complained about inconvenience, and the nation failed to see what the fuss was all about. It’s hard to..

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It’s time we start to talk about Culture Add, not Culture fit
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It’s time we start to talk about Culture Add, not Culture fit

It was about 15 years ago that I made the transition from middle management recruitment in local government into executive level positions. I remember meeting a Corporate Director, who happened to be female and from a BAME background and almost being starstruck about her list of achievements back then. The..

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Dr Victor Olisa – Time to prevent our UK police service morphing into a US-style police force
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Dr Victor Olisa – Time to prevent our UK police service morphing into a US-style police force

In the United Kingdom, the institution of policing is praised around the world for its service style of policing. Yet evolving changes in the language and style of policing in the UK are shifting that style towards more ‘enforcement’ than ‘service’ for Black people. Under the current conditions, it is..

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Organisations need to take real action against racism
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Organisations need to take real action against racism

I waited a little anxiously on the stage as the chair of the conference stood at the podium welcoming everyone. I was next up and going through my talk in my head I was only partially concentrating on her remarks. And then she got my attention: “We need to move..

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Is Introvert Bias on Your Radar?
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Is Introvert Bias on Your Radar?

 There are many misconceptions about introversion that have shaped the way many people view introverts and how they treat them in the workplace. This conversation highlighted this. Because I was being social, it was assumed I couldn’t be introverted. The misconceptions include, all introverts are shy; introverts are aloof; socially..

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HR needs to take the lead in calling out racism at work
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HR needs to take the lead in calling out racism at work

The events of last week, when George Floyd, a black man from Minneapolis, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck while restraining him, were very disturbing. As we all know, this was not isolated but a continuation of micro and macro aggressions against people of colour, not..

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50 years is too long to wait for equal pay
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50 years is too long to wait for equal pay

What is equal pay and why does it matter? For 50 years women have had the legal right to be paid the same as a man for doing similar work. And yet we still don’t have equal pay in this country. This hard-won legal right hasn’t translated into a moral..

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Rhammel O’Dwyer-Afflick – Black Lives Matter, Always.
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Rhammel O’Dwyer-Afflick – Black Lives Matter, Always.

Devastated by the crippling pain of racist injustice. It was difficult to coin these words because it feels personal. It hurts knowing that despite decades of protesting and speaking out we still have to face issues of systematic racism and white supremacy. It's hard to look at what is happening..

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Who is included? A black woman’s account of prison employment
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Who is included? A black woman’s account of prison employment

Whenever I tell people about my employment, I receive the same response, shock and dismay. Followed by questions about safety and racism. Then I arrive to my place of work, in my case it was four prisons in different regions over a 13-year period. I approach the staff entrance with..

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