Promoting diversity and inclusion in the UK
Responsible employers and companies understand the importance of inclusion to their success and strive to employ key staff who will devise and implement diversity and equality strategies at both the strategic and operational level.
The United Kingdom can today be described as being a one of Europe’s most diverse and multicultural countries that has many different ethnic minority and religious groups living within it. People of different cultures, sexual orientation and political beliefs all combine to make Britain such a diverse country to live in.
Having said that it should be remembered that the overwhelming majority of the population of this country, well over 90% is still British white.
Being able to accept and understand each others culture, race and religion is vital to successful social integration and a productive working environment. A successful diverse work environment can include people from different religions, races / ethnic groups, gender and also sexual orientation, all working together for a common cause.
Diversity in a modern workplace environment can mean a number of different things. It can be taken to mean employees of a different race, ethnicity, disability, age, religious beliefs and also sexual orientation. As the UK’s population becomes ethnically diverse trying to define any diversity jobs and combat inequality is becoming more complex and challenging.
However in a country as ethnically diverse as the UK currently is, it is important that employees in a workforce are treated equally by companies. There are many important reasons for this, the main ones being that employees who get along together are likely to be more productive. Another reason is that equalities legislation makes it a legal obligation and duty on employers to treat all of their employed staff fairly and to take practical steps to ensure they are not discriminated against.
Current laws and regulations aim to tackle prejudice and discrimination in work environments. Now as it is such a sensitive area diversity managers must device policies and practises that are practical and fair and that do not upset anyone unnecessarily. This can be quiet a challenge for practitioners and they should always seek guidance if they are not sure.
On this page we aim to offer information on diversity issues which we feel will be useful to organisations in dealing with and responding to the needs of the communities they serve. This guidance should help employers in developing strategies to promote inclusion for all.
Links to useful articles on UK diversity related issues:-
Afro Caribbean - facts about the West Indian community.
Age discrimination - what stops elderly people from finding work.
Black British - statistics on black people
British Asian - information about the South Asian community in the UK.
Disability - your rights as a disabled person.
Diversity jobs - the type of vacancies and positions available.
Diversity Policy - why its important for employers to have one
Diversity Training - why training is important to break down workplace barriers.
Equal Opportunities Policy - tips on writing out a equal opps statement
Gender - all about gender equality
Harassment and bullying at work - advice on how to deal with being harassed and bullied by colleagues
Multicultural Britain - statistics about the ethnic make up of the UK.
Race relations - the history of race relations in the UK.
Sexism - gender discrimination and the SDA.
The UK ethnic minority population - information on size of Britain's BME community.
United Kingdom Census 2001 - surprising statistics that the census brought up.