14 Aug Harper Fox Partnership
Whilst Equality Diversity and Inclusion issues (EDI) have been addressed recently in businesses globally, brief blanket statements from companies stating they are an ‘equal opportunities employer’ do not guarantee a truly inclusive working environment. The reality is many people are still not treated equally and do not feel they have real opportunity to speak out and be heard; earning less, experiencing under-representation and struggling to gain equal recognition and opportunity.
Businesses should be looking to invest in EDI not only as it is the right thing to do, but because it can bring a multitude of benefits to a company as well as its employees. These include better innovation, increased profits, and higher staff satisfaction thus resulting in greater employee retention and output. However, many companies are struggling to reach the full potential of their Equality Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
This is because EDI is not fully integrated as an integral end-to-end process within the business. Consequently, if a company focuses on recruitment without implementing internal EDI, it is a wasted effort they cannot retain diverse staff. Alternatively, if they only focus on internal EDI, they will never attract or find diverse staff, especially in a highly competitive environment where EDI is increasingly important.
Businesses need to therefore ensure their EDI practises are comprehensive in order to see maximum benefit from their investment. The Equal Group have partnered with Harper Fox to strategically tackle these key issues faced by many organisations in their Equality Diversity and Inclusion efforts.
Hiring Diverse talent is essential to EDI but should be seen as one element of a multifaceted approach. Without an inclusive working culture Harper Fox recognises diverse hiring is likely to actually exacerbate issues related to inequality. Through this strategic partnership, Harper Fox and The Equal Group are able to facilitate both the hiring and retention of diverse staff through the optimisation of inclusive practises.
Hiring a Diverse Workforce
A large part of diverse employment is hiring talent regardless of age, disability, gender, race, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic or circumstance. It can also mean ensuring consistent representation of talent from minority groups throughout all levels of organisations.
Diverse hiring should not be approached as a ‘tick-box’ exercise by companies; simply employing a certain number of minority staff to adhere to diversity quotas does not equate to true diversity and inclusion. Harper Fox and The Equal Group understand it is about finding the right person for the job and ensuring every person has equal and equitable opportunity. It is imperative to be hiring this talent at all levels of business, from junior to c-suite roles. Harper Fox are able to support businesses in this, to define equality objectives, develop a cohesive strategy which attracts and advances diverse talent, central to building a highly successful and engaged workforce.
Taking Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Seriously
Organisations that have worked with Harper Fox to recruit diverse talent must also focus on ensuring their internal structures, policies and culture are conducive to retaining this talent. As data driven EDI specialists The Equal Group are well placed to help organisations establish robust EDI infrastructure (i.e. systems, procedures and policies) to enable organisations to measure their progress over time. The Equal Group’s data driven approach ensures that organisations can track their EDI progress and the impact of any EDI initiatives, which allows organisations to maximise impact, and avoid expenditure on initiatives that are not relevant or beneficial to a given organisation.
The Equal Group specialises in EDI audits, which are an excellent starting point for any company who wants to understand their current baseline when it comes to their EDI activities. This data provides evidence for how much a company are currently losing or how much more they could be making by improving their EDI efforts. The Equal Group ensures organisations are able to identify and remove barriers that might impact how attractive the company is to diverse talent.
A Robust Partnership to Maximise Impact
Ultimately, the partnership between the Harper Fox and The Equal Group ensures that Equality Diversity and Inclusion is not just a tick box, but an ongoing process covered end to end resulting in maximum impact. Recognising that EDI should not be treated a ‘one size fits all’ solution, and efforts should be tailored to an organisation and its employees for it to be fully effective and impactful. Organisations should be engaging and communicating with their entire workforce on a continual basis, addressing inequalities and providing a truly inclusive environment that allows people to be their authentic selves and thrive.
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