The benefits of promoting diversity

Equality and diversity are essential in modern business, and the safety and health profession is leading the way.

by Louise Hosking

At IOSH 2018, the UK’s leading conference for workplace safety, health and wellbeing, a panel debate will ask whether the profession is doing enough to tackle inequality and discrimination. IOSH vice-president Louise Hosking, who will be among the panellists, takes a look at the issues.

Organisations that promote equality and diversity (E&D) reap the benefits. Creating a diverse and equal culture comes from mutual respect and good management. Here are just three benefits to promoting E&D:

1. You’ll find and retain the best talent

First, you’re going to find the best people for the job if you widen your search. Also, a diverse organisation is more likely to have a culture of fairness and a healthy work-life balance, leading to staff loyalty. The brightest talent are now looking at whether an organisation has a positive work culture before they begin a new position, as IOSH has highlighted in The Healthy Profit.

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