Diversity & Inclusion expert, Terence Parris writes for Inventum Consulting...
Diversity is not about replacing one power with another -
- I want to press the pause or rethink button. Aren’t we in danger or replacing one set of discrimination with another? Is there a danger that the very word ‘diversity’ becomes a dirty word, the McCarthy red, a battle cry for the seemingly embattled white man. If we look carefully, it's already happening. Articles in the media, embattled white men sharing social media about - ‘here’s another example of diversity gone mad’,
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"...One of the big changes I’ve noted over the years is the uptick in the level of professionalism in the insurance industry - I do think we are more a market of choice for talented young people - for entry at any level. We have an abundance of talent and we need to work out how to use it better. When talent is referred to it is often aimed at younger people - millennials, etc. But talent comes in many packages and is not just the preserve of the young."
Read Karen Graves' latest white paper around the topic of Age Diversity, for Inventum Consulting.
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Continuing Inventum Search’s series of interviews with diverse and inclusive business leaders, Inventum Search partner Adam Tobias sits down with Kate Wells (Managing Director, Azur Underwritings) to discuss gender diversity and women in the Insurance sector. To watch the full film, go here.
The conversation about inclusion in the workplace so often starts and finishes with gender equality. As women make up just over half the population, and just under half the working population, it is natural that the discussion about equality should begin here. The recent requirement for organisations with more than 250 staff to report on the pay gap between men and women has spurred many organisations to first look at the actual data, and in many cases act on what has been, in some industries, a woeful lack of equality. Times are changing but many organisations think they have solved their inequality issues by bringing closer parity between the sexes. It’s a great first step, yet many other groups are still clearly discriminated against in the workplace...
Diversity is a big topic, and it’s hot for all the right reasons. The subject is very high on the agenda for all forward-thinking business leaders, and I would be concerned if I was working at a company that hadn’t at least thought about how to embrace and foster more diversity. Conversely, I believe that the conversation about diversity and inclusion may be too focussed on what makes us different, which has the inverse risk of further marginalisation and tokenisation of minority or underrepresented groups, not greater integration and harmonisation. There is, however, something that unites us irrespective of our perceived and physical differences, that is the concept of ‘diversity of thought’.
Take a look at Adam Tobias' (Partner) latest article for LinkedIn, here
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Adam Tobias (Partner, Inventum Search) in conversation with Karen Graves, Head of EMEA Hub Operations and Group Business Continuity at SCOR, a leading global reinsurer.
Adam and Karen discuss how the Insurance sector workforce is changing thanks to the current and future effects of age diversity...
To see the full film, visit here
Inventum Search recently met up with Diversity & Inclusion though-leader Terence Parris, former Head of Brand Sponsorship Activation at sports giant Puma, for a chat about D&I and how business can benefit from having a diverse and inclusive workforce. To see the full film, go here!
According to research undertaken by Christie Smith PhD, Managing Principal at Deloitte University Centre for Inclusion, the ‘Millennial’ generation define inclusion differently from previous generations.
It is no longer just about ensuring equality and diversity in any given corporate environment for moral and ethical reasons, rather there is an additional focus on the benefits that cultural diversity brings to a team/company dynamic and their advantages over non-diverse environments. Furthermore, observations about these Millennials in general suggest that they are more focussed on purpose-driven work and experiences rather than previous generations. Diversity brings connections and collaborations that would not be possible in non-diverse environments, which greater impact commercial success.
Dr. Smith also highlights that whilst diversity and inclusion are buzz words in Corporate America and have been for some time, real change has been very slow coming. According to Deloitte, the racial and gender makeup of the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies is 95% white, 1.8% Asian, 0.2% black, 3% other races, 4.8% women and 95.2% male. Contrast this with the actual (self-defined) racial and gender makeup of the American population which is 73.6.4% white, 12.6% black, 5.1% Asian and other races 4.7%. That clearly shows that every group is woefully underrepresented, other than white males who are grossly overrepresented.
I doubt this is much a surprise to anyone. Thankfully Millennials, and (hopefully future generations) see the drive towards inclusion by their employer and leaders is not a ‘nice-to-have’ rather it’s a ‘must-have’. Read more of Christine Smith's piece here.
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