Despite the majority of recent press attention focusing on gender parity, it’s important to remember that gender is just one of many protective characteristics to be considered when developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.
A diverse and inclusive workforce should bring together an unbiased blend of staff from all walks of life, with representation across all spectrums including age, gender (including sex and reassignment), race, ability, faith, pregnant employees, new parents and sexual orientation.
The Equality Act 2010 provides the legal framework to advance equality and opportunity for all. Since being mandated, it has been widely observed that businesses have benefited financially from championing diversity and inclusivity.
However, there are many other benefits that can be realised by developing a diverse workforce. Particularly with regards to building a strong and compelling Employee Value Proposition (EVP) to attract and retain a dynamic, skilled and committed workforce.