EDI is the abbreviated term for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. It ensures fair treatment and opportunity for all with the aim of eliminating prejudice and discrimination based on an individual groups character traits.
Any business that wants to create an EDI strategy has to be prepared to embrace a workplace culture change and commit to a long-term, sustainable commitment to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in their work environment.
Equality is another word for fairness. Equality in the workplace must ensure that individuals or a group of individuals are treated equally. There should be no one in the workplace that is treated less favourably due to unconscious bias. Equality is not limited to treatment of individuals or a group It also relates to the opportunities given to employees in a workplace. Everyone should get the right tools needs to deliver in an equal and fair manner.
Everyone is different and difference brings new perspectives, different ideas and a different mindset that helps promote an empowered culture change in the workplace that can deliver increased creativity and innovation.
Gender Diversity most commonly refers to an equal ratio of men and women. Some of the most common industry areas that see a dominance in male employees over female is in STEM Sector computing, engineering, medicine and science.
Whilst most of us agree that in order to have a fair and productive working environment, diversity is required. Gender diversity in a work place means that men and women are hired at a similar and consistent rate, are paid equally and are given the same working opportunities with the same promotional opportunities.
Having equal opportunities available to you that aren’t limited by your gender.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in the workplace has always been a challenge.
It requires employees within a business to understand the unconscious bias issues that can create divides between themselves and foster a negative workplace environment.
After the Black Lives Matters movement protests, many businesses rushed to address racism in the workplace but overlooked that racism is just one negative attribute that needs to be addressed. Sexism and ageism related issues can run deep in an office environment and for many, they do not know that they are guilty of these unconscious bias traits.
But for Unconscious Bias Training to truly work, it needs to be delivered alongside other key topics such as conscious inclusion, micro-aggressions and allyship if they are to have any real and lasting effect on the workforce.
This is why our own internal Unconscious Bias Training Programme delivery INCLUDES these sub topics.
By including this, we can deliver a focussed training program that truly delivers on all of these issues to bring about positive change that DOES deliver the intended results.
EDI is fundamental for all businesses, not just those in the STEM Sector. Everyone should have an equal chance at career development regardless of their origin, sex or affiliation. Promoting diversity in the workplace can make it possible for businesses to attract, retain and progress key talent that can lead to new ideas and innovations. In traditionally white, male dominated business fields like those found in the STEM sector, not addressing EDI can be detrimental to the business and limit their creativity, innovation and even profits.
For the STEM Sector to be more self-sustaining, it requires diverse perspectives and a positive workplace culture that embraces fresh thinking and new ideas. There are plenty of businesses that have embraced Equality, Diversity and Inclusion with spectacular results. The world is changing and it is important for STEM sector businesses to have an EDI Strategy in place to ensure that they do not get left behind.
As a business which is both female founded and owned, we offer clients a diverse supply chain as well as first-hand, extensive knowledge of how to implement effective solutions. We offer Award Winning training and bespoke interventions which deliver measurable results and enable our clients to attract, retain and progress diverse talent. We offer all of our clients a bespoke package, depending on your needs. We can help at every stage of the EDI journey from securing initial buy in from the senior stakeholders and employees through to design and delivery of training to achieve organisational KPIs.
Our main focus are STEM sectors including Engineering, Construction, Technologies, Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing as that is where our main expertise lies. Despite this, we do work with a range of clients from outside these sectors.