Providing your employees with a workplace that is fair and equal is a vital part of your obligations as an employer. Not only is it a legal requirement through the Equality Act 2010, but it also allows your employees to feel supported, safe and happy in their place of work.
As Acas states, under the Act it is unlawful to discriminate against people at work in nine areas termed in the legislation as protected characteristics. These nine areas are age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
As I have recently earned my Level in Equality and Diversity, I am educating the businesses I work with about the importance of being aware of these protected characteristics and the issues surrounding equality and diversity, and applying this awareness in their actions as an employer.
Your obligations as a business
As a business, you need to be aware of both of the implications of legislation and also the impact of discrimination on your employees. By understanding these issues and tackling discrimination you will reduce the chance of grievances, disciplinary actions or employment tribunal claims, as well as the associated costs of the disruption.
It can also enhance your reputation as an employer and assist you in attracting, motivating and retaining loyal staff. Staff that feel happy and secure in their workplace are more likely to be productive and motivated, and stay in their jobs. This saves you money in recruiting and training costs, as well as giving you a wider pool of interested applicants to recruit from, should you require more staff.
Your diverse workforce will also reflect the growing dynamic of the country and provide a variation of viewpoints and experience. A diverse workforce will also help an organisation better understand and meet diverse customer expectations in terms of service or product.
How HR That Helps can help
With my advanced understanding of the issues I am now in a position to further assist the companies I work with to create equal and diverse workplaces. By providing an awareness of the issues, legislation and employment practices, I can help you with any queries regarding discrimination and equality. To find out more, contact me today