Many leaders today preach about their dedicated efforts to supporting DE&I within the workplace.
But how much has really changed over the years? Is the hiring and recruitment process really equitable? Do all employees truly have access to the same career progression within a company?
Torin Ellis tells Bill Banham on our latest podcast if we are any closer to more equitable hiring practices and an inclusive world of work.
“FOR ME, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT… I HAVE
ALWAYS TRIED TO BUILD DIFFERENT AND DIVERSE TEAMS.”
– TORIN ELLIS
Why are organisations and leaders making commitments to DE&I and not living it out? Why is that money not being deposited into organisations, efforts, activity and employee research groups?
It is important to consider why greater action has not been achieved already. In this podcast, Torin argues that it is because people have not been held accountable.
“THERE IS A LACK OF SERIOUS COMMITMENT FROM LEADERSHIP. THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF
LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO MAKE A DECORATIVE COMMITMENT OF DE&I’s CRITICALITY TO THE ORGANISATION.”
– TORIN ELLIS
Accountability needs to be taken more seriously. He argues that there are several ways to hold people accountable, arguing that accountability does not have to be punitive.
However, it is important to not only hold leaders accountable. Rather, everyone should be held accountable. All employees should be asked what they do to support the organisations’ decorative statement about DE&I.
“THIS IS NOT A CARROT AND A STICK CONVERSATION. THIS IS A
– TORIN ELLIS
Commenting on the roles recruiters can play in supporting and aiding organisations’ DE&I efforts, Torin argues argues that it is important for recruiters to look forward and see where the company is going. It is crucial to be able to talk about the organisation and say what they are doing to be dynamic, flexible and more transparent.
Torin urges individuals to be able to clearly pin-point – in all of their roles – numerous demonstrative creative contributions which support the organisations’ DE&I efforts.
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Amelia Brand is the Editor for HRreview. With a master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory, her particular interests within HR include employment law, DE&I, wellbeing within the workplace. Prior to working with HRreview, Amelia was Sub-Editor of a magazine, and Editor of the Environmental Justice Project at the University College London, writing and overseeing articles into UCL’s weekly newsletter. Her previous academic work has focused on philosophy, politics and law, with a special focus on how artificial intelligence will feature in the future.