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ByJoanne Lockwood

It’s true: you can’t be what you can’t see

Right now, we are in a world of talent shortage – we can see this every day when we talk about the NHS, HGV drivers,and the hospitality industry.

We are also facing a huge skills gap in tech talent. This is not just programmers and engineers, but also supportive roles in sales, support, marketing, recruiters and administration. There is constant debate around trying to tap into under-represented and marginalised communities which are typically not engaged in this sector – why? Now that is a question to ponder.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Diversity & Inclusion must go hand-in-hand for success

Time and again I am asked for all of the answers and to solve all the challenges facing organisations – that is, how to build and maintain a culture, and develop a diverse and inclusive workforce.

There is no magic bullet, no simple off-the-peg solution. It require some rolling up of the sleeves and hard work over a sustained period. Senior leadership and board members need to track this, just like any other metric in their business.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

White men needed diversity discussions

How often do we complain that “white men” hold all the cards when it comes to society and the workplace?

Looking at many of the senior roles, the line-ups at conferences, on panels, and many positions within organisations we see that white men dominate.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

We are making progress on gender equality, aren’t we?

We are in a time of fourth wave feminism, where we are focusing on the empowerment of women and striving for gender equality by addressing gender stereotypes and the marginalisation of women in society.

You would think that we would have made significant progress in the past 10 years. We are striving for greater representation in politics, and key roles in business. Yes, some progress is being made, but are we really making headway where it counts?

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Morality of D&I doesn’t void bottom line benefits

For many there is a feeling that if we look too deeply into justifying diversity and inclusion initiatives with a business outcome, this will be seen as inauthentic, profit-orientated or tokenistic.

I come from the position that in order to make change and to improve our organisation’s culture, we need to look at both the moral and the business case as two sides of the same coin.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Allyship and going beyond the #hashtag

We cannot venture on to social media these days without being bombarded with follow requests and #hashtags.

Do we ever stop to think about these #hashtags that we are following and using?

Many represent key calendar events; those that commemorate, those that promote visibility, and those that celebrate. Over the past 12 months we have seen #blacklivesmatter, #lgbthistorymonth, #mentalhealthawarenessweek and,of course, many more.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Don’t abuse today’s troubled job market

As has been said many times, we are in the same storm but very different boats. Even now, more than nine months on, we are all continuing to be disrupted by Covid-19 – some more than others.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Did we learn anything this year?

I think it is fair to say that 2020 did not go to plan.  We all had our 20:20 visions lined up ready to go until the brakes were firmly applied on the 23rd of March. 

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Time to call impact of language into account

You will have seen of many examples in the media where organisations have gotten themselves into difficulties due to poor choices or words, or where actions are inappropriate.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Is ‘diversity hiring’ working OK for you?

Let’s assume for one moment that you are thinking about to need to develop your business to be representative of your customer based or the community in which you serve.  And let us face it, that is a big assumption!  Many organisations are still not realising the opportunity of enriching their number with people of varying lived experience and background.

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