Updated: May 6
As the world settles, reluctantly, into a protracted period of social isolation and lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, how can diversity and inclusion support people to work more effectively and build a virtual communities around work?
The Covid-19 is causing chaos around the world. Not only is it a public health emergency on a rapidly increasing global scale, but the impact it is having on workplaces and businesses across the globe is troubling.
As more and more businesses seek to stay afloat, and employees are sent home to work, diversity and inclusion should remain a key focus of the remote working agenda.
Homeworking - How to Remain Diverse and Inclusive
Staff are homeworking, but this does not mean that diversity and inclusion should fall off the agenda. It actually makes it more important for several reasons.
Those staff members who are not used to working from home, may begin to feel isolated.
During times of social disengagement, mental health becomes a key concern. The physical isolation from team members, becomes a concern, the longer staff teams work remotely.
Topics like BAME and Gender may be removed from conversations and, as workers are not in the traditional workplace environment, people may think it does not matter
Training around diversity and inclusion may be cancelled or reduced so the topic may be removed from the agenda altogether.
It is important to continue to value diversity and inclusion during these times. Your business could develop the following:
Chatroom for diversity discussion
Online 'How do I feel today?' Hub
Develop diversity and inclusion online portal
Implement online diversity and inclusion training that includes mental health
Explore ways of recruiting remotely and inclusively
There are several ways that diversity and inclusion specialists can help you to promote diversity and inclusion, during these rapidly changing and potentially isolating times.
E-Learning provision in diversity and inclusion helps to engage your staff teams and is highly scalable. It is designed to accommodate the needs of small business learning as well as global teams, where thousands of learners require access.