Webinar - Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

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Start Date: 06 Jun 2016

Start Time: 6:30 PM

End Time: 7:30 PM

Duration: 1 hour

Want to improve business results or recruit and retain the best talent? Enhancing your organisation's culture and approach to develop a diverse workforce can make the difference. This webinar will share practical advice, based on experience and case studies.

Today 1 in 9 in the workforce are caring for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill and around 16% of working age adults have a disability, 83% of which acquired their disability later in life. Yet only 34% of people in the UK who work in the private sector and 55% in the public sector think their workplace is welcoming to people with disabilities.

The Office for National Statistics predicts a third of the working age population will be aged 50 plus by 2020. The proportion of carers and people with disabilities in the workforce is likely to increase significantly in the next few years. That’s a sobering thought to contemplate and manage.

This webinar will be led by experienced managers, Simon Howlett and Jo Strain, who have extensive backgrounds in the commercial sector and are two of the volunteers supporting the CMI Southern Region. They will share their knowledge and understanding of the opportunity and challenges of incorporating diversity from the perspective of both managers and employers. This online event will explore how your organisation can further develop its understanding and approach to diversity and be more inclusive of individuals with disabilities and caring responsibilities in your workforce.

Simon Howlett, a Chartered Manager (CMgr) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng), is a committee member of national BT Carers network, STEM ambassador, school mentor and youth leader. Jo Strain’s experience includes recruiting and developing high performance multi-cultural globally based teams; mentoring managers, raw talent and everyone in between; school and college STEM careers outreach and developing inclusive recruitment programs. Both Simon and Jo have personal experience of the challenges managers can face managing their own careers and balancing caring responsibilities.

This webinar will include:

  • the business rationale for diversity
  • a summary of the legal requirements
  • what it takes to embrace diversity
  • case study based scenarios to help you to develop a better appreciation of the type of challenges that might arise and tips for going forward
  • practical approaches based on experience to enabling managers, employees and recruits with disabilities and caring responsibilities create a more productive and inclusive environment

Attendees will receive links to additional resources to enhance their diversity initiatives.

Additional Information

This webinar will deliver 1 hour CPD.

You will need access to an internet-connected computer with headphones or speakers/microphone, and will just need to follow the on-screen instructions to log-in. There will be opportunities to ask questions.

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  • Free event

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at networks.support@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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