by Joanne Lockwood
When I volunteered to write an opinion piece for the November 2019 edition of the IEDP newsletter, I really had no idea where to start.
I blog infrequently and coming up with something inspiring and thoughtful was not coming easily… that is until I read the papers and watched the evening television that week…CONTINUE READING
What is the business case or return on uniformity or exclusion, or the justification for the rejection of perfectly good people during our hiring process or when looking to develop our people internally and promote?
What do you mean? You don’t write that kind of business case?
Yet I still hear of organisations that need to justify Diversity and Inclusion and to create a culture of belonging!
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Your company is one that produces products for the mass markets, consumer products that you naturally expect that everyone can use and can benefit from, am I right?
You engage with your own product design teams, probably carry out market research to make sure that every aspect has been considered from all angles, after all you have been in the business for many many decades and have extensive experience in this market.Continue Reading
You do have a Vision for Diversity and Inclusion in your organisation, right? Ok well, possibly not!
There’s a plethora of value statements, visions and goals out there nowadays, some seem empty and most probably feel irrelevant, a corporate idea forced in by HR in order to appease the board or because someone heard its a good idea that everyone else is doing. There is often very little buy in, communication, or in fact any long term strategy or goals.
The business demands a “quick fix” with some eLearning or an hour long “Intro to Unconscious Bias” training session. No wonder we are not making much of an in road, there is no vision.Continue Reading
Recently our very own Joanne Lockwood was interviewed by Amanda Parvin of Ethical HR Solutions to discuss Trans inclusion in the workplace, and how employers can ensure that are providing a supportive culture and environment.CONTINUE READING
One of the questions I am asked all of the time is; “what is trans”.
Well… that is a big conversation, but the long and short of it is that “Trans” means is from the Latin and means “on the other side of” whilst “cis” means “on the same side of”. So both cis and trans are an antonyms paring. A non-trans person is cis.CONTINUE READING
It was an honour and a pleasure for Joanne to be invited to become an advisory friend of the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals.CONTINUE READING
My talk was entitled; “Recruiting and Retaining Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Individuals in the 21st Century” and was followed up with a Q&A afterwards.
The key messages and takeaways were;CONTINUE READING