Friday, January 13, 2017

Why we need to get diversity right in the workplace - HR NEWS

by Lisa Baker o
Originally published: January 6, 2017
Publisher: HRnews.co.uk

Many small and medium size companies shy away from the issue of diversity in the workplace – either through fear of alienating customers and employees, or through a lack of basic knowledge and understanding. What these people perhaps don’t realise, is that diversity is a key part of creating a productive, inclusive, and ultimately, successful workplace.

As the Managing Director of leading UK holiday provider Hoseasons and an LGBT executive, I manage over 280 amazing people. Hoseasons have worked hard to celebrate how every individual across our business is unique. Whether it’s their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies – respect, understanding and support are key parts of how modern brands can encourage diversity.

But how can your business do its part?