It’s well known that a diverse and inclusive workforce is good for business, but with global movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo hitting headlines daily, Boards and Executive Leadership teams need to be more prepared than ever to speak and act on these highly sensitive and important issues.
We know that Diversity, Equality and Inclusion can be daunting topics. Our board level briefings are designed to inform, equip, challenge and support leaders as they set the direction for their organisation.
Research shows that the most critical factor in the success of any diversity and inclusion programme is strong leadership from the top.
Our briefings are full of evidence-based robust recommendations, covering these topics:
Responding to comments from a number of investors, the Executive Committee wanted to have greater insight into the way that Unconscious Bias may have been affecting them on a personal level, a leadership level and across the organisation’s culture and structures.
As a certified Implicitly Unconscious Bias tester, MIX’s MD Hayley Barnard was able to set up the Executive Committee to undertake unconscious bias psychometric tests in advance of the Board Level Briefing. Hayley was able to report bias trends across the committee and suggest steps to mitigate the risk and impact of those biases, as well as covering Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership during the 90-minute session.
MIX also undertook an external audit of the company’s brand in relation to Diversity and Inclusion and provided recommendations for change.
Hayley provided a comprehensive briefing to our Executive Board, immediately setting the room at ease with her engaging and personable manner. The directors found the session and exercises insightful, and discussion flowed freely and openly.
The impact has been immediate, with our first female Board appointment, a revised approach to recruitment (leading to us hiring a female developer), and a revised flexible working policy.
Hayley's contribution was vital - she demonstrated that Diversity and Inclusion isn't an HR issue but a company-wide opportunity.
HR Director, Aspect Capital