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Mental Health – are we ready to move from talk to action?

A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that nearly two-thirds of people say they have experienced a mental health problem. More than four in 10 people say they have experienced depression and over a quarter of people say they have experienced panic attacks. In fact just 13 per cent of individuals live with high levels of good mental health, with people aged 55 and above being the most likely to take positive action to help themselves deal better with everyday life.

The Foundation…

Diversity and Inclusion from 38,000 ft

During all of that I had the privilege of speaking at a conference in Mumbai where I shared our STAR Framework, a tool designed to really understand where a company is on the two critical areas of ensuring your strategy and activity is impactful and making sure that it is sustainable – engaging and embedding into the business.

The conference was fantastic – great insights and practice shared from the stage – but the real value of the conference for me came from the interactions with others,…

Social Mobility – the next frontier for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I)?

Recent figures from The Social Mobility Commission show that in the UK seven per cent of children attend fee-paying schools.  However, The Sutton Trust found that in 2014, 34 per cent of new entrants into investment banking over the previous three years had attended a fee-paying school. The picture is similar in other professions, 71 per cent of top military officers, 74 per cent of top judges and 61 per cent of the country’s top doctors attended fee-paying schools.

 Many employers pride…

Is the Football Association “unable to modernise”?

The FA appointed their first female on the board in 2011 – Heather Rabbatts CBE. In 2013 she criticised the composition of the commission as being “all-white, all-male”.

The lack of diversity at the senior levels can have a significant impact on the overarching governance of the association – not having a diverse range of views and perspectives will also hinder the associations ability to modernise and harness the changes in some elements of the game, such as the success and popularity…

When did we get too busy to be inclusive?

During my travels I was struck by a situation that made me really question how, as a society, we have become too busy to notice what is around us and how we make others feel included.

Let me share what happened.

I was standing on a train platform. As it was towards the end of the commuting rush hour a lot of people had got off the train and were busy rushing onto the next part of their lives. As the crowd moved on there was a lone person on the platform - looking confused and not…

Diversity and Inclusion – the route to progress

However, companies are struggling to make ‘better workplaces for everyone’ a reality... which is increasingly concerning when we know that changing workforce demographics, globalisation, government policy and increasing employee expectations all play a part.

To respond to this challenge, Fleur and I spent a lot of time discussing what currently wasn’t working for employers, what were they missing and why progress wasn’t being made although a lot of time, energy and resources were placed…

Creating Inclusive Cultures - The risk of doing nothing

However, companies are struggling to make ‘better workplaces for everyone’ a reality. The great opportunity is that we all have an important part to play in creating a better workplace for everyone. Ensuring our colleague’s voices are heard and valued not only helps to attract and retain the best people, but also helps us deliver better solutions for our clients and identify risks and opportunities that we might not otherwise see.

What part does each of us can play?

In our recent…

VW Owners’ Club Needs a New Style of Driving

The news that the German carmaker Volkswagen fudged lab tests for emissions in the US, by using hidden technology, has shocked the business world. Not to mention, the millions of VW owners around the globe who can no longer vouch for the carbon cleanliness or value of their vehicle. What’s most concerning is that this exam cheating wasn’t just a one-off event; it went on for several years.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34348694

The…

Shared Parental Leave - It’s Much More than a Policy!

The Government launched the much anticipated Shared Parental Leave (SPL) Regulations on the 1st December 2014 which apply to employees who expect to become parents on or after 5th April 2015, including adoptive parents. These new regulations give parents flexibility to share caring responsibilities between themselves, enabling them to choose how they would like to arrange the care for their child.

There are numerous articles available giving effective overviews of what this means for…

Harnessing the Power of Diversity - What Next?

For the last couple of years we have been working directly with the Late Rt. Hon The Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf CBE to create and deliver the ‘Power of Diversity’ Programme, which was a key element of her 686 plan. There were many ‘firsts’ and highlights to the programme, which will be collectively published with many of our partnering companies in early 2015.

One of the ‘firsts’ was the Harnessing the Power of Diversity Conference on the 10th June 2014 at The Mansion House in…

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