- It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.
Senior leaders need to understand we are all biased. They need to take the Implicit Association tests to understand their unconscious biases more honestly. If we accept it we can change it.
Leaders need to show and demonstrate their buy in to diversity by talking about it and demonstrating it. Each leader will do this in different ways. They need to know about the scientific evidence eg we are more likely to make stereotypical judgements when under pressure; if we actively tell ourselves not to be biased before making decisions we are likely to act accordingly.
Businesses are quite reluctant to share their equality numbers. Why is this? It is only with transparency that we can get clarity. Only with clarity can we measure change. There are many companies and academics keen to help crunch the numbers confidentially. Only by identifying the business blockages are can we clear them!
Flexible working has a bad name with our male colleagues. It is synonymous with being side-lined. Some are trying to change it by putting forward the business case for flexibility eg moving to a 24 hour business culture therefore the need for agile working.
We need to embed the policy not just write it.
We need to show behaviour not just talk about it.
We need to know the numbers not guess them.
We need to own our bias not ignore it.
We need to understand flexibility not sideline flexibility.