4 Keeping up to date
The diversity agenda is constantly changing, with new terminology and new perspectives developing at a fast pace. While this course aims to cover both the basics and some of the emerging issues, there will always be new aspects to discover and build your awareness of.
So where can you look for up to date content and advice?
- Inclusion and Diversity [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] : The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has a very useful resource aimed at those with an interest in human resources and people development. They offer a wide range of reports, guides, factsheets and podcasts to support your diversity development.
- For more practical support, The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) works with employers and employees to improve workplace relationships, providing advice, policy templates and training as well as useful news updates.
- The UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission offers advice and guidance to individuals and organisations on a wide range of diversity related topics.
- Pearn Kandola is a business-psychology consultancy that provides access to useful podcasts, blogs and other free resources relating to diversity and inclusion.
- Diversity Q supports organisations setting and enacting their diversity and inclusion strategies. Their website provides access to numerous blog posts covering best practice and providing insight.
- Equality, diversity and inclusion resources: Wellbeing training and consultancy provider In Equilibrium, offers a useful selection of resources and blog articles.
There are also many businesses that offer membership or consultancy to organisations looking for support with their diversity agenda. These range from small consultancies to specialist recruitment agencies and professional bodies.
- EW Group – an equality, diversity and inclusion consultancy that works to address unconscious bias and build inclusive leadership across businesses.
- Goss Consultancy Ltd – working with organisations to ensure they are as diverse, accessible and inclusive as possible in the way they employ people, develop policies and deliver services.
- Inclusive Employers – offers a membership organisation for employers looking to build inclusive workplaces, and provides expertise on workplace inclusion.
- Business in the Community – an organisation providing expertise to measure and improve your impact in responsible business.
- Delta Alpha Psi – an organisation that uses the science of psychology to help leaders get the best out of diversity in their organisations.
Some are more specialised in their focus:
- Rare Recruitment – working to make the elite professions, e.g. law, more diverse.
- Exceptional Individuals – providing consulting, recruitment and employment support to employers and individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism.
- Diversifying Group – diversity and inclusion recruitment and consultancy firm.
Activity 6 Finding resources
Use your preferred search engine to look for resources or organisations that could support you in a particular initiative that you’re interested in developing. For example, helping to recruit from a particular target group or support with policy templates.
Make a shortlist of at least three websites you aim to revisit regularly over the next few months.
If any of the organisations listed here sound interesting, spend your time researching them and the advice or services they offer.
While there are a number of organisations that offer a more general set of resources, there will also be many that focus more specifically on needs such as yours. This might be an activity to repeat as you progress through your diversity agenda – identifying different resources and organisations to suit your needs at each stage.
Remember – this is not an agenda you have to move forward alone, there is a lot of support available.