With the sudden shift in working arrangements caused by the global pandemic, in-house professionals and employee networks have found themselves asking “what now?” for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Without action, there is a risk of D&I set-back. However, action without the evidence risks wasted resources and potentially detrimental effects. The current change in working arrangements provides the opportunity to take a step back and reflect on your organisation’s current D&I initiatives – what works and what isn’t working?
In this video, our Director Dr Doyin Atewologun participates in a webinar run by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) about the potentially transformational role of leadership in financial services. Although it took place in May 2019, the current Covid-19 situation offers us unique opportunities to think about leaders’ roles in culture transformation so the discussion in the webinar feels as relevant as ever.
Most business consultants would suggest that environments of uncertainty and anxiety are not the best time to make knee-jerk D&I or HR decisions. Doyin explored this issue in an article published in 2017 but with all the recent changes and challenges that businesses are currently facing under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic, it speaks loudly to our current context.
COVID-19 is more than a pandemic; it is a revealer of many inequalities and biases inherent in our daily lives. Our Director, Dr Doyin Atewologun, is working with colleagues in the NHS to help leaders and managers understand the psychological impact of working on the frontline for our NHS, particularly the implications for diversity. We welcome the investigation into the COVID-19 deaths of BAME doctors that is happening alongside broader investigations on the impact of COVID-19 on the BAME community.
What do you do when you don’t have all of the information that you need to make a decision? Many of us would like to think that we consciously search for information to fill in the blanks before settling on an answer. In reality, this isn’t the case: instead, we are much more likely to subconsciously (and, critically, sometimes incorrectly) fill in the gaps because we often don’t even see the gaps in our knowledge in the first place (bias blind spot).
Dr Doyin Atewologun, the Director of Delta Alpha Psi, was recently invited to appear on BBC News to discuss the latest edition of The Parker Report – the government-backed review of the underrepresentation of BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) employees on FTSE 100 company boards.
Do you “think intersectionally” in your D & I strategy? Dr Doyin Atewologun’s article “Intersectionality Theory and Practice” was the fifth most popular article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Business and Management in 2019. Check it out here and drop us an email if you want to discuss what this means, practically, for your […]