Resource Groups, Negotiations & Competition Part 1

This is the first of a two part series about competition amongst employee resource groups. If you look at enough organisations, you may find that some resource groups perform better than others, some have better reputations than others and some have access to more resources than others. This can lead to a belief that these groups should be competing against …

Covert Discrimination Part 3: Tokenism: When Your Identity is Welcome and Your Ability is Not

This is the third and final part of a three part series exploring subtle forms of discrimination in the workplace. As mentioned in the previous episodes, there’s a lot of evidence to show that discrimination of all kinds exists in organisations. But it’s often hard to identity or intervene because overt forms of discrimination are less frequently in society thanks …

Covert Discrimination Part 2: Qualified Compliments & Masked Prejudice

This is the second of a three part series exploring subtle forms of discrimination in the workplace. As mentioned in the previous episode, there’s a lot of evidence to show that discrimination of all kinds exists in organisations. But it’s often hard to identity or intervene because overt forms of discrimination are less frequently in society thanks to changing attitudes …

Covert Discrimination Part 1: Garlic Bread & The Normalising Gaze

This is the first of a three part series on subtle forms of discrimination in the workplace. There’s a lot of evidence to show that discrimination of all kinds exists in organisations. But it’s often hard to identity or intervene because overt forms of discrimination are less frequently in society thanks to changing attitudes and improved legislation; however many covert …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …