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Promoting and supporting diversity and inclusion in the workplace is critical to bridging the talent gap, achieving high performance and maintaining a competitive edge.In fact, research by McKinsey & Co in 2017 revealed that, when it comes to outperforming the competition, businesses with a good balance of male and female employees are 15% more likely to and those with employees from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds are 35% more likely to.Companies are working to improve their diversity and inclusion practices and creating supportive work environments for all their employees. Our Human to Hybrid research into the future of work suggests that employers are pursuing initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion as a way to enhance people’s wellbeing. More than half (55%) of organisations are now educating leaders and hiring managers about inclusiveness, and a further third (36%) plan to do so in the next year.This work will become even more important in the future, when a rapidly changing working environment, a growing war for talent and increasing skills shortages will compel employers to cast their nets much wider to find the talent they’ll need to create an optimal workforce. Recognising diversity and inclusion champions We were pleased to be invited to participate in this year’s Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Awards, run by Civil Service World. Our Executive Director, James Greengrass, sat on the judging panel and presented the Social Mobility Award at a special ceremony held in October.The Social Mobility Award was awarded to the Department for Education’s Social Mobility Network, for a project that recognised that the department needed to understand its class and background make-up to be able to improve its social mobility performance.The Network gathered data to increase its knowledge and encouraged civil servants to have conversations about ‘privilege’. It received more than 3,500 responses to its staff survey, and the DfE will use them to measure its progress on social mobility.Veredus has been a leading supplier of executive search and assessment to the Civil Service for more than 22 years and has recruited more than 700 senior roles on its behalf. As a trusted partner we appreciate the journey the Civil Service has been on and how its needs and expectations around diversity, inclusion and belonging have changed.We believe that everyone has their own unique abilities and a desire to positively contribute. We’re committed to recognising, nurturing and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion - internally and externally. That’s why we’ve made sure our recruitment networks extend beyond the traditional parameters.
A major engineering consultancy was considering how to improve the way they attracted candidates from a more diverse background. A small number of organisations in the sector seemed to be making gains in this space and our client was interested in their approach and to find out for example, whether there was a dedicated team focused on diversity and if so, how this worked.We put together a comprehensive talent insight report for our client which looked at what major competitors do to attract young people from diverse backgrounds into engineering. We also provided broader feedback on entry points to the business such as through work experience placements, apprenticeships and graduate programmes. What we achieved: We provided detailed insight into 17 companies, enabling our client to make informed decisions about wherher to create a diversity focused team within TAOur insight enabled them to consider team structures and also provided them with the details of diversity leaders in the sector