Last year's 'Building Inclusivity' report showed that 85% of respondents think their leadership team take diversity & inclusion in to account when making business decisions. Furthermore, 75% of respondents feel that leaders who have been trained in D&I were more likely to have plans to increase diversity in leadership.

Diversity Roundtable at MIPIM

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The benefits of ensuring a leadership team are savvy when it comes to diversity & inclusion are clear. To prove this, we spoke to a leading independent commercial building surveying consultancy, Malcolm Hollis, who run a training programme for their leadership team, as well as all their line managers.

Passionate about People

Malcolm Hollis' training programme, Passionate about People, includes sessions on a range of topics, such as employment law, performance reviews, and recruitment and selection. Sessions prompt participants to think about how they would approach topics and how they could make it a better experience for themselves and other employees.

The leadership team were all keen to have the programe put in place and we have full attendance for each session — it doesn't require a lot of convincing. People are our biggest asset and our leadership team understand this.

What they've learned

  • It helps growth: Diversity brings about new ideas and new ways of thinking, which will ultimately help a business grow. Training a leadership team creates an understanding of what diversity and inclusion really means and ensures that it is embraced and actively sought out at all times.
  • It promotes transparency: t also ensures that an open and inclusive workplace is created for all. Malcolm Hollis are an independently-owned and independently-minded business and encourange employees to give honest advice or to be themselves — this is encouraged at all levels.
  • It makes the business more attractive: Employee turnover will be reduced if people feel comfortable and happy in a workplace that encourages diversity. It can be a great for recruitment too; if potential new hires hear that you support and encourage diversity then they will be more likely to want to work for you.

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