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Diversity Training: Responding to the Voices that say it Doesn’t Work

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There has been plenty of articles of over the years pointing out why diversity training does not work.  Whilst it’s not inevitable that it works, in our view, it’s equally not inevitable that it doesn’t either. Today we’re exploring the common objections to diversity training, and the ways in which you can design and deliver…

Vista Sets the International Standard for Diversity and Inclusion

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We are proud to announce that we have become the first organisation in the world to be awarded the new International ISO standard for Diversity and Inclusion (ISO 30415:2021: Human Resource Management – Diversity and Inclusion). Launched only a couple of months ago, the achievement of the standard demonstrates our team’s continued commitment to living…

How to Make Sure your Equality and Diversity Training Doesn’t Go Stale

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This month the word ‘banter’ was yet again the subject of a tribunal claim. In Allay (UK) Ltd v Gehlen the EAT rejected the employers defence that they had taken reasonable steps to prevent racial harassment, despite having provided equality and diversity training two years prior. The basis for the decision was: Just because training…

What is ‘Dignity at Work’ Anyway?

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Dignity at work is the title of our flagship training programme at Vista. But what does dignity at work really mean? In order to feel valued and included at work, we first need to feel respect from and for the people that we work with. Both our human values and the legal framework expect that…

How to Avoid Discrimination in Recruitment

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Failing to offer a candidate a position because of a protected characteristic is unlawful and amounts to direct discrimination. We don’t need to explain the reasons why it’s important for employers to have an understanding of this, but we have pulled together a few do’s and don’ts to ensure that you do avoid discrimination in…

British Standard for Diversity and Inclusion

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The launch of the new British Standard for Diversity and Inclusion sparked an internal review for Vista. We set ourselves the challenge of truly embedding inclusion into our business strategy – and it had a significant impact on our colleagues, clients and suppliers alike. The standard gives a clear and practical approach: positive about the…

The 3 Do’s of Diversity

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What is the secret formula for being great at diversity in the workplace? Well if we are being honest there isn’t a one size fits all, but here’s a positive starting point: Be authentic Be realistic Be optimistic …and don’t wait.

Diversity in the Workplace: 3 Things you can do Today

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What is the secret formula for being great at diversity in the workplace? Well if we are being honest there isn’t a one size fits all, but here’s a positive starting point. We should say, if you want us to talk about the reasons why you should aspire to be an inclusive and diverse organisation,…

Suicide: The Last Mental Health Taboo in the Workplace?

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It is estimated that during 2017 there were 6,217 suicides in the UK, and that most people who take their own life were employed at the time of their death. Given these statistics it’s likely that at some stage in your working life you will know someone at work who has taken, or attempted to…

5 Ways to Support Employees with Autism

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Many employers are worried that they don’t know enough about autism or that they may struggle to make adjustments to support an employee. It’s important to bear in mind that autism affects individuals in very different ways and covers a wide range of challenges and needs, some of which may be relatively straightforward and others…

Is Your Organisation Transgender Aware?

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51% of trans people have hidden their gender identity at work for fear of discrimination. This is a headline from this year’s Trans Report for Stonewall, despite the legislation in place to protect trans people in the Equality Act 2010 and The Gender Recognition Act 2004 and at a time when organisations are talking constantly…

What Can Employers do to Support the Menopause?

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The 18th October is World Menopause Day. Where did that come from and why is everyone suddenly talking about Menopause at work? Menopause has long been one of those ‘taboo’ subjects. With this comes a stigma, where no one talks about it and therefore there is a lot of misunderstanding, even amongst women, about the…

Diversity and Inclusion: Getting Buy In from the Bottom

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In this blog, we’re exploring how employers can achieve diversity and inclusion buy in, from the whole workforce. In our previous blog, we talked about how HR can get buy in for Diversity and Inclusion from the top, but the day to day culture of a business is greatly influenced by the beliefs and behaviours…

Diversity and Inclusion: Getting Buy in from your Leadership Team

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With the current HR spotlight on Gender Pay Gap Reporting and diversity and inclusion to attract and retain talent, we could assume that all business leaders are fully engaged with the diversity and inclusion agenda. To think this way means that diversity and inclusion is at best a recruitment tool, or a compliance issue that…

Diversity and Inclusion: How important is it to practice what you preach?

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Equality, diversity and inclusion have risen to the top of Board agendas in recent years. Companies are keen to showcase the diversity of their workforces, whilst those who are not perceived to have a diverse workforce (for example, all white, male senior leadership teams) become the subject of public controversy. Many business leaders make the…

You might be diverse, but are you inclusive?

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It’s no secret that having a diverse, equal and inclusive workforce can reap business benefits and directly impact the bottom line of an organisation. Studies point to greater business productivity, success and growth, the increased opportunity to innovate and the advantages of capability, knowledge, skills, networks, experiences, attitudes and insights that such a workforce brings.…