Everyone within an organisation has a role to play when creating a diverse and inclusive culture and no form of anti-discrimination behaviour should be overlooked.
Creating an inclusive culture, one that really celebrates diversity and a place where everybody feels that they belong, is a wonderful milestone to achieve or to aim for, but it’s a long journey and path to follow. It’s therefore important that along that journey, there is zero tolerance. That nobody makes excuses when anti-discriminatory practices are uncovered or unfold.
Staff have a right to work in a safe and secure environment and not be treated to abuse, intentionally or unintentionally or be treated any differently on the grounds of their culture, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs or social background.
Discrimination isn’t just offensive it is also illegal so make sure you have got policies in place and the staff are aware of these policies and how they can report discrimination. Managers also need to be trained to be aware of any actions that might be seen as discriminatory.
It’s the role and responsibility of everybody to call it out, and for organisations to clamp down on behaviour that does not support your diversity and inclusive journey.