Originally published: May 17, 2017
As an employer, it is your duty to promote a workplace that supports equality and diversity. At first, this may seem like an unnecessary afterthought or an added headache. Getting to grips with equality laws, and equipping your building with the facility to accommodate a disability, for example, may seem costly and challenging. However, by doing so, not only are you fulfilling legal requirements, but your company will benefit because of it.
Why should I have an equal workforce?
Most of us have encountered discrimination at some point in our lives. In our years at school, we will have witnessed or been subject to bullying. Anybody considered different, for example, those who wear glasses, or have a speech impediment, are often ridiculed by their peers. Consider the old saying, ‘sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you’. Utter nonsense. We are sensitive beings, and we can be affected mentally if we are constantly belittled.