The search is on to find the best companies to work for in the North East, and this week’s focus falls upon the modern businesses who do their best to ensure they have equality and diversity in the workplace.
As the North East Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Awards 2014 gather pace, judges are calling upon the companies or organisations with a human resources function that have introduced measures to promote equality and have achieved business benefits as a result.
Successful submissions for the Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace prize could include recruitment, training and flexible working to accommodate minority groups.
All businesses know that a more diverse workforce is probably a happier one – and one which could provide a boost to a company’s bottom line – and it is also a way to ensure staff are happy in their work, ensures recruitment should not be limited to any particular social group and that groups in their workforce should be looked after appropriately.
Those that can show how they value and have developed equality and diversity and engage their staff can be recognised in awards organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and backed by The Journal in association with Nigel Wright.
Entrants need to demonstrate how initiatives have delivered positive results in the award, one of eight overall categories set up to recognise HR&D achievements and their impact on business success.
Last year’s winner was Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, which also took the prize in 2012.
This category is about HR&D showing awareness and insight into the value and opportunities for building and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. Submissions may demonstrate real improvements to equality and diversity/inclusion where this has been an identified gap or may demonstrate the building on existing good practice and initiatives that are exemplary in the field.
Submissions may relate to all or a specific area of HR&D practice, such as learning and development programmes, recruitment and retention or policy and reward.