There has long been considered to be a certain amount of inequality in the workplace, although this is something that is now evening out quite a lot. However, that’s not to say that discrimination doesn’t still take place. With that in mind, it’s a very good idea to ensure that all managers take equality and diversity training, in order to ensure they know how to behave. Discrimination can easily be avoided just with the right training in place, as it ensures that there is no room for excuses. It pays to look after your workers and to ensure that they are all treated fairly and with consideration. This makes good business sense in the first instance, as employees that are treated well, with respect, will be more willing to put in a good day’s work and happier doing it too.
What is Equality and Diversity training?
Equality and Diversity training helps staff to understand how their actions can be seen as discriminatory. The training provides a thorough understanding of what equality and diversity means and “clearly defin[es] individual rights and responsibilities”.
It’s unlawful to discriminate against other people at work because of:
- Sexual orientation
- Religion and belief
- Gender reassignment
Whilst in a perfect world, every member of staff would treat everyone else fairly, in the real world discrimination does happen very frequently. Giving staff the opportunity to fully understand the impact negative actions may have on both the individual and the company is therefore vital.
Where to start
Implementing training is just one step on the road to ensuring that your business is dealing with equality and diversity in a positive manner. It’s also necessary for businesses these days to have a clear policy on the matter, so that employees are fully aware of the consequences should they discriminate against another.
To find out if you have the right policies in place, Acas have provided a free-to-use online tool designed to help business leaders check if they have the right policies for managing staff in place.
Of those that have used the tool, Acas found that over a quarter of all companies were made more aware of problem areas within their business. These were mostly due to incorrect people policies and a further survey found that 55% of employers then went on to change practices.
For businesses, it’s vital to get these policies right, as if they are not then the company risks legal action against it. Like most things in life, education is the key to providing staff with greater insight into why such behaviour is wrong.
Equality and Diversity training provides businesses with guidance on:
- Recruitment process
- Pay and bonuses
- Equality and Diversity
- Disciplinary procedures
Why do people discriminate?
People that work for the same company often have little in common aside from their job and this can lead to bad feeling amongst those who are very different. Discrimination can be direct, due to language, being turned down for a promotion due to gender, race or sexual orientation. It can also be indirect, where people are given certain jobs due to their gender or race, for example.
It’s the responsibility of the company to ensure that this doesn’t happen, and that everyone in the workplace is treated the same. This doesn’t just apply to managers, it’s equally important to ensure all employees know the rules when it comes to equality.
The best way to reinforce policy is in training for everyone, regardless of their standing in the company. This ensures a much happier workplace, where everyone is productive and can get on with their job without fear of being harassed or victimised for being different.
How to get the training?
Traineasy are a provider of e-learning services and solutions and as part of their ‘off the shelf content’, they have produced an excellent range of modern courses including a course on Equality and Diversity. E-Learning is cost effective way to deliver training within an organisation and brings with it many other benefits such as being able to manage a Compliance Program around your training. For more information please contact Sarah Lambie via email firstname.lastname@example.org