Coronavirus impacting diversity and inclusion

  • People responsible for delivering on diversity and inclusion have been sidetracked and put onto emergency response committees to deal with the crisis in their business. Any work that they were doing on diversity inclusion has been put on hold for now.
  • Diversity and inclusion training and events have been postponed as businesses don't want to get large groups of people together and travel has been minimised.
  • Examples of microaggressions towards colleagues. Microaggressions are small slights of behaviour that demean somebody. For example, not sitting next to somebody in a meeting because they have a cough.

Agile and flexible working becomes more common place

Organisations are fragile when health and well-being slips down the priority list

Key actions for business

  • Continue to educate and inform employees on what they need to do to prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Make sure that you support employee physical and emotional well-being during this difficult time. This could be giving line manager's a simple toolkit on how to best support their team or providing a mental health or counselling helpline
  • Use this as an opportunity to allow people to work remotely and see how they get on. Use this as an opportunity of seeing how you can do more agile and remote working in the future. You can use freely available collaboration tools to help with your productivity for example Whereby for meetings or Notion for documentation.
  • Finally, use this as an opportunity to remind people that you want to create a culture of respect and inclusion in your organisation and that they need to be mindful of things like microaggressions or distance bias where we have a preference for things that are closest to us in terms of time and space, which is particularly prevalent for when we are doing more remote working.

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Toby Mildon

Toby Mildon

Diversity & Inclusion Architect. I like psychology, tech, ideas, design and food (esp. curry). Live with SMA.

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