DIVERSITY & INCLUSION in the Workplace
- Face-to-face (Half or full day for <15 people)
- Live virtual (3hrs for <15 people)
- Conferences and events (<500 people)
- Webinar (1hr for <1000 people)
- With or without actors
- Fully customisable
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace
This participative workshop has been carefully crafted to help every individual attendee find their personal motivation for implementing specific actions that will contribute to an inclusive workplace.
Sure, we reference the Equality Act throughout, but our focus isn’t so much on legislation and theory, it’s all about breaking down real-life barriers, building confidence and creating lightbulb moments that result in shifts in behaviour.
Getting started – what inclusion means to me
The session opens with an activity to remind us that diversity and inclusion unequivocally impacts us all and explores diversity and inclusion in the context of your organisation’s vision and values. We consider our own definitions of identity, diversity, and inclusion, and highlight that this is about much more than just the protected characteristics.
Equality and the law
Real thought-provoking case studies are used to examine the consequences when the legal process is brought into play, the reasons for and benefits of ensuring we act in accordance with the law, and the impact on individuals and organisations. We give an overview of The Equality Act, the protected characteristics, and how our legal responsibilities apply to our roles (linked to your policies and values).
Understanding how this benefits us all
We consider the business case for Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion, and share the latest established research.
Defining inclusion and an inclusive culture
As a group, we explore what inclusion and an inclusive culture means, and what that looks like where we are. Collectively, we agree what our ambition is for inclusion, and explore what we need to do to get there.
The fine lines between Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, and Banter
What happens when banter goes a step too far? This activity explores the definitions and the fine lines between discrimination, harassment, bullying, and banter. We discuss how the impact of our words and actions can sometimes differ from our intent but emphasise that it is each of our responsibilities to understand the impact of our words and actions, and to learn from our mistakes when they happen.
Creating an inclusive environment and role modelling inclusive behaviours
This discussion highlights the role we can all play in creating an inclusive environment and positions each of us as potential role models. This group discussion explores the qualities of inclusive people, how we can role model inclusive behaviours, and how we can become active bystanders.
Speaking out – techniques and tools to challenge non-inclusion
Being an active bystander and speaking out when things are not quite right is a critical part of creating an inclusive environment. We explore a three-step technique that supports and encourages everyone to speak up and challenge non-inclusive behaviours in a constructive way.
Looking for Something Different?
How we arrive at the core learning depends on which road you want to take, how many people are on the journey and your reasons for embarking in the first place. Drop us a note with your availability for a call and together, we can create a roadmap to your next Diversity & Inclusion milestone.
What About Actors?
Through clever script writing, goose-bump inducing delivery and professional facilitation we can bring so much to life. We stimulate emotion, penetrate the long-term memory and create lasting change.
When we use live drama, we are able to have the actors play out the scenario and then be hot seated for the audience to ask them questions whilst they remain in character. Hot seating works so well because actors work with a pre-rehearsed backstory, so they are able to respond in character. They progressively reveal unexpected elements of their story that will not have previously been told. It can bust assumptions that the audience might have made based on the scenario (situation) but not fully understanding the impact at first sight.
Using actors in this programme enables us to bring to:
- Bring both the subtle, and not so subtle, inappropriate behaviours to life, literally
- Provide attendees with an opportunity to explore the fine line between what is and isn’t acceptable
- Give attendees a chance to challenge the actors whilst they are still in character
- Demonstrate that things aren’t always what they seem at first glance
- Provide delegates with an opportunity to test out alternative ways of approaching what can often be sensitive situations
- Create a goosebump-inducing learning experience that sticks in the long-term memory
Don't Just Take Our Word For It
Kass HawkleyLearning & Development Adviser, University of Portsmouth
“Paula was brilliant – very helpful, very knowledgeable and very inclusive in her approach, making sure that everyone was taking part and getting something out of the session. All-round, really enjoyable and engaging session and I feel like I came away heaving learnt some stuff”.
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