What does diversity mean to you? What is your organisation actually doing about it? What more can you do about it?

Nicola Long asks Fiona Pattison to share her experiences and thoughts on how to get diversity right or get it wrong.

Nicola Long: Fiona, I guess we need to start with the big question around how we define diversity. It’s often a stumbling block at many organisations which then creates debate and blockage for progress.

Fiona Pattison: The definition that I love is that diversity and inclusion means allowing all people to be more of who they truly are. Personally, I much prefer a concept that not only allows but encourages people to self-identify. And it covers the full range of human differences including the visible and invisible ones as well as the traits which are both earned and given.

So when I talk about positive diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, what I mean are tangible efforts to promote the opportunity for people to be more of who they truly are, without any risk that this could hold them back in any way.

In my experience a lot of organisations, including charities,…

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