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Introduction and Aims of Week 3

What week 3 will cover.
Week 3 - Introduction, written on white title card, in front of a bookshelf.

In the first week we looked at what we mean by ‘diversity & inclusion’ and some common myths and misconceptions on the agenda. The second week focussed on why there is a need to promote a more diverse and inclusive built environment sector for the benefit of everyone. In this the final third week we will be looking at how we can contribute to making the industry more accessible and welcoming to all.

We will look at the importance of leadership and the actions that can be taken to promote effective change with a commitment to a diverse and inclusive sector. We will hear directly from successful senior leaders in the sector who have embedded inclusion practices and realised business benefits for their companies, outlining steps to be made which directly drive diversity and inclusion and referencing company’s where a change in behaviour has resulted in positive business growth.

We will consider the steps that can be taken to identify anomalies in the workforce and the tailored actions that can be taken to address them. This will include both quantitative and qualitative data analysis and the adoption of a transparent approach to D&I.

The importance of inclusive recruitment practices will be emphasised, covering balanced interview panels, reasonable adjustments and fair selection policies. However, the importance of ensuring a positive and welcoming workplace culture will also be highlighted to ensure staff retention rates are high and avoid losing skilled employees in a time of labour shortage.

Finally, we will look at how D&I frameworks can help companies embed best practice that is appropriate to their operating environment and make the necessary steps to make their workforce representative and promote a welcoming workplace culture.

Questions for your consideration:

  1. Do you think leadership from senior people on the built environment sector is important in affecting change? Why do you think this might be a critical factor in affecting the necessary change?
  2. If you are successful in recruiting a diverse team in your company, why is it also important to have a welcoming, accessible and inclusive workplace culture?
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