Diversity and Authenticity: Why Employees May Hesitate to Open Up About Themselves

The need to be authentic in the workplace is one of the most compelling reasons that I encounter for people wanting to join employee resource groups. Today, I’m going to be talking about the challenges of authenticity in the workplace, some of the challenges experienced by individuals and some potential solutions that you may find useful. In todays show I …

Why Having a Babyface Helps Black Leaders in the Workplace

One of the things that we know is that in order to make it to the top of an organisation, the way you look matters. The evidence says that some of the superficial things count. This matters more if you’re female, disabled or from a minority group of any description. Today, I’m going to be talking about some interesting research …

George Selvanera: Building Disability Smart Organisations

Today I’m speaking with George Selvanera. George is a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist with a particular focus on Ability/Disability within the workplace. George provides strategic and consultant advice for organisations trying to become more inclusive, he’s worked in some fascinating international roles including work to influence legislation for the Central Government of Papua New Guinea and he was the Director …

Book Review : One: How Male Allies Support Women for Gender Equality

This week is International Women’s Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. In recognition of International Women’s Day: Today I’m going to address a relevant topic by providing a brief book review that talks about Allies. The book is called: One: How …

Representation, Leadership & Employee Resource Groups

Today, I want to talk about the representation of minority groups within the workplace. This is a key concern for organisations that are trying to become more inclusive but it’s become a hot topic because of the release of the Black Panther movie, which draws attention to how black people are represented in the media as a whole. In todays …

The Importance of Diversity & Inclusion Climates

Today, I want to talk Diversity & Inclusion Climates. I’ve been travelling a lot recently and I’ve been reminded about how different the climate is in different parts of the world. I started to think about how diversity and inclusion climates also vary between different organisations and wanted to explore what this actually meant. In todays show I discuss several …

Delivering through Diversity: A Review Of The Follow Up Study To “The McKinsey Report”

Today, I want to talk about the McKinsey Report: Delivering Through Diversity. This is a study that you can think of as the follow up to the celebrated Diversity Matters report from 2015. As discussed previously, the 2015 report is one of the most cited sources that is used to justify the business case for diversity in organisations. I dedicated …

Intersectionality, Discrimination & Employee Resource Groups

Today, I want to talk Intersectionality. In my experience, Intersectionality is a potential mine field, because it’s one of those terms that is thrown around casually by people in the field of Diversity & Inclusion but is rarely explained or discussed thoroughly. The only people I consistently hear discuss Intersectionality in a meaningful way are academics but as you can …

Employee Resource Groups, Corporate Websites & Engagement

Today, I want to talk about how employee resource groups are presented on corporate websites and how a number of common practices could be damaging their efforts to become a more inclusive workplace. Organisations are falling over themselves to show that they are committed to diversity and inclusion and one of the ways they achieve this is through representations of …

Women’s Employee Resource Groups: Prevalent, Highly Subscribed & Effective

Today, I want to talk about women’s employee resource groups, previously on this podcast we’ve talked about how they seem to be the largest, well funded and well supported employee resource group in any organisation. What’s more a recent report from New York based online platform Fairy Godboss suggests that women’s employee resource groups are both powerful and effective. I …