BT Ireland Diversity & Inclusion Week - Benefits of an Inclusive Workplace
Category: inclusion, disability, gender diversity, wellbeing at work, diversity and inclusion
BT Ireland’s 2nd annual diversity and inclusion week designed to commemorate and promote a more inclusive environment and greater diversity in the workplace was held last month.
Every day the organisation ran a number of themed events covering a wide array of topics, ranging from greater employment for people with disabilities, ethnic diversity, gender diversity to LGBT equality, health and well-being, as well as, how to better support employees who are caring for the members of their family.
The BT Better Together lunch was the highlight of the week, where more than 300 guests from companies across the country attended an exclusive event celebrating gender diversity in the workplace. Clare Balding, the author and BAFTA award winning broadcaster, was the headline speaker. She is a fervent supporter of a better gender balance across professions. With respect to her own experience as a woman looking to make a career in a male-dominated environment, she brings to foreground the significance of collaboration and also the importance of men and women working together to tackle gender imbalance.
Clare said that she is a big believer in confidence and that men and women working together can help each other to become more self-reliant and accomplish more in their careers, as well as, personal lives.
Shay Walsh, BT Ireland’s Managing Director, also spoke at the event. He explained why the company advocates diversity and inclusion in such a notable way. He said that diverse and inclusive companies get much better business results. Organisations can become more creative and innovative, with the help of diversity of perspectives, encouraging an inclusive work culture and making themselves a wonderful place for everyone to work, irrespective of their backgrounds. The presence of conscious, as well as, unconscious biases within companies means that there are massively talented candidates that are being thrown out of the hiring process. He adds that everybody need to tackle this problem so that equal opportunities are made available to everyone.
At the event, a poll was taken which revealed that 54% of delegates still believe that Irish enterprises are not doing enough to promote gender balance in the workplace. This means that there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to address this extremely vital issue.
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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work
environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your
diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email
[email protected] for more information.
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