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Key topic areas covered include: Health & Wellbeing, Diversity & Inclusion, and Workforce & Leadership.

Building an Age and Disability Inclusive Workforce

A diverse workforce can improve productivity as the range of employee perspectives increases creativity, leading to greater innovation and better problem-solving. Championing inclusive recruitment policies and providing equal opportunities to all employees is key for attracting and retaining top talent from a range of backgrounds. We heard from Patrick Thomson, Policy Institute Director at the Shaw Trust, about building age and disability inclusive workplaces.

Improving Workplace Relations to Drive Higher Staff Satisfaction and Retention

Two-thirds of university staff are considering leaving the sector, according to a new University and College Union report. Deteriorating work conditions have been cited as a contributing factor. Emma Slaven, Senior Advisor at ACAS, shares how transforming workplace relations and simple workplace adjustments can improve staff satisfaction and retention.

Championing the Rights of Non-Binary and Transgender Employees

All LGBTQ+ people are protected from discrimination in the workplace under the Equality Act, which employers have a legal obligation to uphold. In this video, Liz Ward, Director of Programmes at Stonewall, shares some simple changes that can be made by employers and colleagues to make workplaces more inclusive for trans and non-binary employees.

Creating Inclusive Environments to Promote Neurodiversity in Police Forces

The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s ‘Policing Vision’ states by 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that better reflects its communities. In this video John Nelson, Chair of the National Police Autism Association shares some of the challenges neurodivergent people face in the police force and advises on workplace adjustments that can help to create more inclusive work environments.

The McKenzie Delis Packer Review: A Holistic Approach to Improving Inclusion and Diversity

Studies have shown diverse organisations perform better and have higher financial returns. We heard from Leila Mckenzie Delis, Chief Executive at DIAL Global, about findings from the recent Mckenzie Delis Packer review into diversity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace.

Taking a Whole-Organisation Approach to Workforce Wellbeing

Promoting wellbeing in the workplace helps reduce presenteeism and mental health-related absence. We heard from Jessica Easterbrook, Lead HR and OD Consultant at East Sussex County Council, on why implementing a whole-organisation approach to workforce wellbeing is essential for improving overall productivity.

Creating Inclusive and Supportive Workplace Cultures for LGBTQ+ Colleagues

More than a third of LGBTQ+ staff have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. In this video, Ian Adams, Director of Membership and Stakeholder Management at NHS Resolutions, shares his personal experiences and insights into how organisations can strive to create more inclusive working environments for LGBTQ+ colleagues.

Understanding Neurodiversity to Improve Productivity and Widen the Talent Pool

Around 1 in 7 of the UK population is neurodivergent. We heard from Dr Jill Miller, Policy Adviser - Diversity and Inclusion at CIPD , to gain a better understanding of how neurodiversity impacts colleagues at work and explore workplace adjustments that can benefit everyone.

Youth Employability: Widening Access to Technical Education

The DFE have developed several new policies to reform the further education sector, with the aims of improving youth employability. We heard from Sue Lovelock from the Department for Education about the value of T Levels and the importance of widening access to technical education to further promote employment.

Youth Employability: Supporting Young Disabled People into Work by Building Relationships with Employers

There is often a misconception that disabled people are not as capable of holding down jobs or working in skilled sectors. We heard from Ellen Atkinson, Regional Adviser at the National Development Team for Inclusion. Ellen discussed why these myths should be dispelled and how employers can create pathways for disabled people to enter the workplace.

Youth Employability: Supporting Youth Employment – A Cross-Government National Approach

More and more young people are claiming universal credit. To tackle this the Government’s Plan for Jobs is delivering a comprehensive package of support for young people, to help them into work. We heard from Tammy Fevrier, from the Department of Work and Pensions who discuss the current state of youth employment and opportunities to maximize youth employability.

Gender at Work: Women on NHS Boards, Working Towards 50:50

Fiona Edwards from the Surrey and Border Partnership NHS Foundation Trust spoke to us about the presence of women on NHS Boards.

Workplace Wellbeing: Encouraging Workplace Leaders to Embrace Diversity

Jess Lievesley, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Austin Omotoso, Clinical Nurse Leader at St Andrew's Healthcare spoke about staff led conversations to improve wellbeing in the workplace, as well as ways of embracing diversity.

Wellbeing in the Voluntary Sector: A Case for Embedding Positive Mental Health Throughout your Organisation

According to Mind, the workplace should be a safe place for employees and not a place that exacerbates ill mental health. We heard from Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing at Mind about ways that employers in the voluntary sector can support the mental wellbeing of their workforce.

Wellbeing in the Voluntary Sector: Incorporating Accessibility and Inclusion into Staff Wellbeing Strategies

On average, people with hearing loss are paid £2,000 less per year than the general population.; This amounts to £4 billion per year in lost income across the UK. James Watson O’Neill, Chief Executive of SignHealth shared the importance of inclusion for those with impairments in the voluntary sector.

Reshaping the Workplace: Mental Wellbeing in an Age of Virtual & Hybrid Working

Many workers struggled to adapt to a remote working environment – with reports of loneliness and isolation. Jonny Gifford from the CIPD shared their insights into promoting mental wellbeing during a time of remote working and hybrid working.

Workplace Wellbeing: The Workplace Health Programme of Northamptonshire

Holly Koenig, Wellbeing Co-ordinator for Public Health Northamptonshire spoke about the Workplace Health Programme of Northamptonshire.

Gender at Work: Barriers and Solutions for Gender Equality in the Workplace

Felicia Willow spoke at the Achieving Gender Equality in the Workplace Conference, 2021 about the current barriers and solutions for gender equality in the workplace.

The Reshaping the Future of Women In Business Conference in Conversation with Louise Prachard

Louise Prachard engages in conversation about the future of women in business.

NHS Workforce: A Better A&E, Design Solutions to Improve Patient Experience

Jack Cheatle, Associate at Pearson Lloyd Design Studio, spoke about using design solutions to improve patient experience and reduce violence towards staff, at the NHS Workforce Event: Recruitment, Retention and Wellbeing, 2021.