Tag Archive Belonging

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

The end is possibly nigh – are you ready?

The news is sounding brighter, infections are down, hospitalisations are down, deaths are down, and most importantly the numbers who have been vaccinated are climbing steadily day by day. For many of us, we can start to see the beginning of the end of this 12-month nightmare that the whole world has endured.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender person

Let me be blunt, it is 2021 and it is still the case that Trans and Gender Diverse individuals face a significant level of discrimination and marginalisation in both society and the workplace, if we spoke about Black People, Disabled People, or a Person of Faith in the way that trans people are portrayed in the media then there would-be public outcry.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Are we up for Uniformity, Exclusion and Rejection?

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?

All alone - An Astronaut floating in space
All alone floating in space

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!

Why is that?

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Is your Diversity & Inclusion Vision in the right hands?

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Super-Chicken Photo credit to JD Hancock via Flickr

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.

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