At The Careers Company we believe in creating fair and equitable career experiences for all employees with a particular focus on employees from under-represented groups. These include, but are not limited to, individuals of different races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Diversity for us also includes diversity of thought, diversity of experiences, diversity of perspectives and diversity of ideas.
However, these groups often face additional barriers and challenges in the workplace, such as unconscious bias, a lack of representation, and a lack of access to opportunities and resources. As a result they struggle with achieving career success in whatever way you choose to define it. They are often under or unemployed, their career advancement is stunted, they are underpaid in comparison to their peers, frequently "opt out", and even when they do get that top job, they have to work harder to stay there.
This doesn’t have to be the case.
Many organisations are now looking at how they can drive more equity in the career chances of all their employees
Here are 4 reasons why:
1.It promotes fairness and equality within the workplace. It acknowledges that historically marginalized groups have faced barriers and biases that have hindered their professional growth. By actively addressing these disparities and providing equal opportunities for advancement, organisations can contribute to a more just and equitable society.
2.Fostering the career progression of under-represented employees brings diverse perspectives and experiences to leadership roles. When individuals from different backgrounds have the opportunity to rise through the ranks, they bring unique insights and innovative solutions to the table. This diversity at the top levels of an organisation leads to better decision-making, increased adaptability, and improved problem-solving.
3.Focusing on the career progression of under-represented employees strengthens employee engagement and retention. When individuals see a clear path for growth and advancement within an organization, they are more likely to be motivated, committed, and satisfied with their work. This, in turn, reduces turnover and fosters a positive and inclusive work culture.
4.Prioritising the career progression of under-represented employees serves as a powerful signal to the broader community and industry. It demonstrates a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social responsibility, enhancing an organisation's reputation and attracting top talent from diverse backgrounds.
At The Careers Company we have created a range of evidence-based, tried and tested tools to support organisations to address this issue.