THE eradication of unfair working practices and discrimination of any sort in the workplace have been put at the centre of one organisation’s code of practice.
Last year the Wise Group – a charitable organisation dedicated to helping unemployed people back into work – decided to form a group of staff volunteers to introduce equality and diversity (E&D) policies into everyday working life and to champion E&D practice.
The group consisted of 12 volunteers from a wide range of posts, departments and geographical areas of the organisation. While the members had diverse backgrounds and experience, they all had one thing in common, a passion for fairness and equality and a desire to make the Wise Group a better and more diverse place to work, so they founded the Equality & Diversity Action Group (EDAG).
The EDAG is founded on the beliefs of respect, honesty, and commitment. Employees are encouraged to work collaboratively, without preconceptions in an environment where the staff are encouraged to feel confident asking questions, and can openly challenge each other’s perspectives.
The EDAG has secured funding to purchase professionally produced equality and diversity training DVDs that are used in all training sessions and inductions. Now the team will ensure that all members of staff receive the training for those already in the company as well as those who are joining.
The Wise Group is committed to promoting its equality and diversity policies and all internal and external communications from the company highlight these changes to all staff and partners.
If you would like to know how you could implement similar policies in your organisation, please contact Debbie Bolam on (0191) 427-9191.