This is the first of a special three part series based around the launch of ICAN, the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network. This is a group that promotes multicultural inclusion and progression within the insurance sector.
Ajay was recently recognised as a Future Leader by EMpower for his work promoting inclusion in the workplace. It was great to speak with Ajay so that he could share the benefit of his considerable experience with us.
In today’s show we discuss several things including
- Why a single multicultural resource group was necessary
- Why collaboration can lead to intersectional benefits
- How resource groups can be used to develop the talent pipeline and much, much more
Here’s some of the wisdom that Ajay shared:
Clarity of Purpose
Ajay explains the need for employee resource groups to articulate the value that they provide and to establish why this is important to the host organisation:
“Know your value proposition and know why you’re doing it, you always get asked why is this important, if you can’t answer it, you switch that person off immediately”
Treat employee resource groups like a business
Ajay strongly believes that employee resource groups should be run like a business. He explains this by saying:
“There needs to be measurable impacts, you need to have outcomes, you need to prove why you’re doing what you’re doing”
Ajay acknowledged that external recognition in the form of awards and other accolades are important because they allow you to achieve your goals in a more efficient manner:
“I would encourage anyone who is listening, at all, go for these awards, do these things, because it only helps the end goal and I think it’s every easy, especially with BAME people, not to put themselves forwards ”
THE KEY TAKEAWAY
Proactively manage your stakeholders
Here are some selected links to for the resources and reports I discuss in the episode.
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