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Join Building People to pioneer positive change

Marsha Ramroop – Building People’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Executive Director

Did you know that by making some behavioural changes, you could grow your business, attract talent, work in harmony with people and the planet, and come up with innovative solutions?

All studies done on diversity and inclusion show that having a mix of people in an organisation is not enough to create better outcomes; an inclusive culture is equally imperative. Having a homogenous team rather than a diverse one makes you less likely to be resilient or grow as effectively.

There are significant benefits to cultivating a diverse team with an inclusive culture. Research shows that inclusive leaders make employees feel 84% more motivated (BITC, 2014). Additionally, organisations with inclusive cultures are eight times more likely to have overall better business outcomes (Bersin by Deloitte, 2017), six times more likely to be innovative (ibid), twice as likely to meet or exceed financial targets (ibid) and three times more likely to be high performing (ibid).

Why recognising your unconscious bias is important for growth

A statistic from Professor Timothy Wilson's book ‘Stranger to Ourselves, Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious’ claims that we process 11 million pieces of information at any given moment but have only the conscious capacity to process 40, meaning bias is a human biological necessity. We are therefore all biased, and while some biases are good, many can be unhelpful, and these are the ones we need to work to manage. 

It's important to be aware that we are using the right framework of behaviours to create, implement and enforce the procedures, policies and practices that mitigate the impact of bias.

What does it mean to hire a ‘diverse’ candidate?

Aspects of diversity include, but are not limited to, age, race, gender, marital status, physical ability and neurodivergence. Diversity also encompasses concepts like geographical location, access to technology, the experience of abuse and body shape - anything that could result in discrimination and elements that don't.

You can't hire a ‘diverse candidate.’ You might hire to create a more diverse workforce, but really, when people talk about diversity they're usually addressing underrepresentation within their business. 

The Office of National Statistics revealed that in 2021, only 3.1% of the UK population were white, able-bodied, heterosexual men based in London and the south east. This demographic is, therefore, overrepresented in leading and being employed in commercial property, the residential sector, construction, architecture, planning and engineering. It stands to reason then that there is a lot of opportunity in addressing this demographic imbalance.

How is an inclusive workplace created?

Being inclusive in the workplace means creating an environment where people feel that their identities, values and lifestyles are acknowledged, respected and accepted.

Ensure that
 is a measured outcome to implementing diversity and inclusion

Equity is the equality of access to life/society/opportunities based on individual need and the outcome of nurturing diversity and inclusion.

Cultural intelligence is the behavioural framework which allows you to navigate the bias activated when faced with difference (diversity), so you can behave with acceptance and understanding (inclusion) to create outcomes that are accessible to all (equity).

At Building People, our aim is to be the leading platform enabling diverse people and organisations to thrive in the built environment, and we’re focused on developing the business to be a holistic hub for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

So, why not join us in our movement towards collaborative change?

Knowing where to start when it comes to making the steps towards implementing, enforcing, and supporting inclusive structures and processes can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help guide you in the right direction.

To understand more about how you can pioneer positive change within the built environment, join me at the next Building People event:


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