Confessions, Community & Employee Resource Groups

This episode is about Confessions, Community & Employee Resource Groups. I’ve got a confession to make, it’s something that I’ve wanted to address for a while but I’ve only just decided to address it now. In todays show I discuss several things including: My confession and how I plan to address it Three recent experiences that have reminded me of …

The Evolution of Employee Resource Groups Part 2

This is the second of a two part series about Employee Resource Groups and their Evolution. In this series focus on how employee resource groups have evolved by looking at some of the most influential publications in the field. I’m talking about the ones that are widely accepted to be essential reading, this isn’t just my opinion but it’s the …

Book Review: Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career

Today I’m reviewing the book: Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage For Your Career. It’s a book that helps you to understand your professional network through an inclusive lens. In todays show I discuss several things including: The five types of people that you should consider in your professional network The importance of your personal narrative The reasons …

Employee Resource Groups, Retention & Research

Today I’m speaking with David Clark. David is an HR professional with experience in employee engagement and Diversity & Inclusion. He’s launched LGBT groups in organisations and played a central role in other groups for organisations that include KPMG. On top of that David is investigating the business impact of employee resource groups and in particular he’s interested in how …

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 …

Listeners Comments & Observations on the Series on Race

Today, I want to share some observations and comments I’ve had about the show, particularly because of the recent emphasis that I’ve placed on race and ethnicity in the workplace. In todays show I discuss several things including: Why some listeners really didn’t like some recent shows Why we need to think critically and challenge accepted thinking The challenges that …

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 …

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 …