The 21st of March is International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

What does that mean for your business?

Obviously, you’re already an inclusive and diverse business. What you need to do is take the right steps to make sure the company stays that way. Because, while you have your current workforce that might be a simple job, but as you take on new staff the dynamic may change and with it, your culture.

It’s important that any change is for the better.

That means keeping everyone well informed of your values when it comes to diversity of every kind. And there are 3 things you can do to make sure there is no discrimination, racial or otherwise, in your business, now and in the future…

Update your equality policy
It may have been a while since you updated your policies. It’s vital you keep them updated as employment law changes, but also as things change in your business.

Check your current policy and make sure it still reflects your stance on diversity.

It should explain what diversity is, how seriously you take it, and the consequences if anyone in your business is found to be discriminating against anyone else. It should also state that your business has a commitment to create a safe and inclusive space for everyone. This goes for staff, but also for other people you may work with, such as customers, suppliers, and anyone else.

Arrange training
Plan workshops, speakers, or even in-house training events around diversity for all your staff.

It doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, a lot of training is a lot more interesting these days. Even if your employees are already an inclusive bunch, it doesn’t hurt to refresh them on the ways they should be treating their colleagues, and the behaviours in others they should be looking out for.

Make it clear how to complain
One of the things that can put employees off making complaints about discrimination is not knowing how to go about it.

Ensure everyone knows who they should raise any complaints with, how the complaint needs to be made (at a meeting, in writing, etc.) and the process that will follow.

You can include this in your equality policy. Remember to inform your people when you make any changes to the way incidents are reported.

If you’d like any further help or advice on maintaining a diverse, inclusive business, please contact us or give us a call on 01386 751740.

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