09 Jul Who Should Attend A Diversity and Inclusion Event?
So, you really want to champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace. That’s great news- it’s something that everyone should be striving towards. But who from your organisation should be attending events to do with it? Read on to find out who we think will benefit the most!
CEOs need an in-depth understanding
It’s very important that CEOs, and other heads of companies, whatever their titles may be, have a good grasp of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. After all, how can they champion it in their organisation if they’re not too sure on the ins and outs of what it entails? Any organisation is only as good as the people that lead it. So, if you’re a CEO, make sure that your employees know just how important diversity and inclusion is to your company and its culture by attending an event dedicated to it!
However, it’s not all about giving off a good impression. The things that you are likely to learn at the event will be genuinely useful for you. You will discover new ways to implement diversity and inclusion as a key part of your organisation. As a result, you will become a better leader and the company. And, those you lead will become stronger as well.
HR Professionals must champion diversity and inclusion
At its core, diversity and inclusion in the workplace is about people. Whether it’s making all employees feel supported and included, hiring a diverse pool of applicants, or dealing with any issues that may arise, people are what it’s all about. So, if you’re responsible for HR in an organisation, no matter what industry it’s in, you should definitely attend a diversity and inclusion event. It will give you a deeper insight into what it’s all about and how you can deal with it with the people in your organisation. Similarly to CEOs, how are HR professionals expected to champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace if they’re not 100% confident about it?
Attending an event as an HR professional will give you increased confidence when dealing with any issues that arise. Plus, if you’re responsible for anything to do with the hiring process, the knowledge will prove to be very valuable. Any organisation that strives to be totally diverse and inclusive needs to take a good look at its hiring process. This is to make sure that it’s attracting diverse talent. And by attending an event, HR professionals should feel more equipped to champion this!
Those with a responsibility for Diversity and Inclusion should also attend
In most organisations, there will be a person, or group of people, who are responsible for diversity and inclusion to some extent. It may be the CEO or HR department. Or, it may be separate, perhaps a focus group of colleagues, or even a totally separate role! Whoever this person or people may be, it is critical that they have a good grasp of what true diversity and inclusion in the workplace looks like. They can’t be fully responsible for something they don’t know much about, after all!
If they’re responsible for this element of an organisation, they’re hopefully already passionate about the subject! However, we are all continuously learning. As a result, regularly attending these events is still a great idea! You will learn more about the ever-evolving topic, refresh your knowledge, and share ideas with those who are like-minded. In short, there’s nothing to lose- there’s always more to learn!
Really, everyone can benefit!
While the professionals above may particularly benefit from attending a diversity and inclusion event, really, everyone in an organisation will gain something from attending! No matter their position, from high-level associates to interns. If you want your organisation to be true champions of diversity and inclusion, then everyone needs to have a good grasp of what that means, so they can uphold those values in their day-to-day life.
As you can see, there is no limit to who can benefit from attending a diversity and inclusion event! These events are truly useful for everyone to learn more about the topic. This helps to advance the conversation and aiding your organisation in becoming a leader in the field.
This Is Us Conference is a unique two-day diversity and inclusion event. It’s held in Milton Keynes on the 20th and 21st October 2020. We’d love to see you and as many people from your organisation there as possible! We’ll be hearing from speakers, participating in workshops, and networking with like-minded professionals on the subject of diversity and inclusion in the workplace for women, BAME, and LGBTQ+ people. To find out more about this event and get your tickets, visit the website today.