Expectations at work are changing

New research from Aon, claims that 94 percent of employers believe their employees’ expectations of work experience are changing. In Aon’s Benefits and Trends Survey 2020, employers say their employees expect flexible working hours, the ability to work from home, better awareness and handling of mental health, better approaches to diversity and inclusion and better parental policies. A surprise in … Read More

One in five of UK’s top FTSE 350 firms warned over gender diversity

One in five of the top 350 UK companies have been warned about the lack of gender diversity at senior levels. A government-backed review has written to 63 firms asking them how they plan to improve gender balance. The Hampton-Alexander Review wants a third of board-level and leadership positions at the UK’s top firms to be filled by women by … Read More

Most business leaders would be ‘apprehensive’ about hiring a senior disabled employee

‘Shocking’ survey finds concerns over the cost of workplace adjustments among factors cited by employers. One in five business leaders would be “very apprehensive” about appointing a disabled person to a senior role, according to new research which experts said demonstrated there were many workplace prejudices which still needed to be tackled. The poll of 1,002 business leaders found that … Read More

Proptech can lead on diversity

Put the words ‘technology’ and ‘property’ side by side and the automatic association is with disruption and modernisation. But is the forward-thinking sector really that modern? Technological know-how, state-of-the-art platforms, virtual reality and AI may well be revolutionising the way we interact with buildings and the wider built environment, but what is technology without its diverse range of people? And how … Read More

Quotas alone can’t fix diversity – it’s time to go further

Many of the International Women’s Month panel discussions I have sat on turn to the topic of quotas. I always defend them. I reject the criticism that quotas somehow usurp “meritocracy” because meritocracy does not exist (it is no coincidence that the Oxbridge-educated children of other journalists, for example, just happen to “deserve” so many journalism jobs). That said, I … Read More

Startups need to start investing cold, hard cash in diversity

Paying lip-service isn’t enough: Diversity VC’s Francesca Warner shares her tips for startups and investors looking to make their teams more diverse Diverse teams lead to better company performance – that’s the verdict of 90 per cent of people surveyed for Atomico’s State of European Tech report in 2018. However, the 2019 report suggests startups still have a long way … Read More

The problem with diversity targets in the workplace.

This past Sunday, as people around the world celebrated International Women’s Day, they also shone a light on the unfortunate—yet unsurprising—enduring challenges women continue to face in society. Some of the most disturbing trials were highlighted in the UN’s Gender Social Norms index, a global survey which measures and analyses gender bias in 75 countries, which found that at least … Read More

UK Universities Have An Inclusion Problem & Change Isn’t Happening Fast Enough

Last year, Oxford Union came under fire when blind working-class Ghanian student Ebenezer Azamati was dragged out of one of its debating events. Brendan McGrath, the president of the union who has since stepped down, went as far as to call for a disciplinary meeting in which Ebenezer Azamati was charged with “guilty and violent” conduct. Azamati told the BBC … Read More

Women in finance: How AI is shining a light on diversity

Despite equality being one of the cornerstones of civilised society, a lack of gender parity and diversity within the financial services industry continues to be a problem, with many banks maintaining disparate corporate policies and different ways of ensuring work environments operate efficiently for all genders employed in the sector. UNICEF data reveals that two-thirds of the world’s children – … Read More

What If Workplace Diversity Is The Biggest ‘Scam’ Yet

According to research, diversity programs are failing.   They fail because of poor implementation, or in other words, no one knows what to do with the new chief diversity officer. Droves of people of colour are hired, then isolated or left alone to do the work as many have reported.  They feel like isolated props, not active changemakers. Thousands of dollars are … Read More