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How do we tackle unconscious bias against PoC in the finance sector?

There are believed to be no more than 12 black portfolio managers in the entire UK investment management industry, according to a 2018 study by New Financial (1). The lack of people of colour in the finance industry is still at a staggering low, especially at manager or higher positions, although 118 directors in the FTSE 100 are from an ethnic minority – defined as those who “identify as or have evident heritage from African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Central and South American regions” – up from 92 in 2020 (2). This may look like the numbers are on the rise, however it is still significantly lower than the number of white people in the same position. 

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How to ensure your return to office plan is inclusive

Can we go back to ‘normal’ when ‘normal’ no longer exists? 92% of people expect to be able to work from home at least once a week after the pandemic. Reopening offices and encouraging people back to work isn't going to be an event, it’s going to be a process. Each individual person is going to feel different about returning to work after working remotely for such a long period of time. So how do you cater to those individuals and their unique needs?

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How you can combat workplace sexual harassment

Sexual harassment

Unfortunately even in this day and age it is incredibly shocking to learn that over 60% of women in the UK have experienced some form of sexual harassment in the workplace. A study has revealed the seriousness of harassment can range from groping to inappropriate comments. ‘Me too’ is a movement for sexual violence/ harassment survivors. People being able to share their own experiences helps other people to not feel so alone if they are being sexually harassed and perhaps gives them the confidence to speak up about what they are experiencing.

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3 things to avoid when offering hybrid working to your diverse employees

Since the pandemic 92% of people are expected to work from home at least one day a week and 80% of people are expected to work from home at least three times per week. There have been many concerns for UK employees and what the new expectations will be for hybrid working. Employees are assuming their employers will expect them to work from their office for more than 66% of the time, When employees would actually rather have an even split. 

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AVOID these 5 mistakes when creating a Hybrid Workplace

With lockdown beginning to ease, many offices are starting to open for employees again. But many are adopting a hybrid way of working. More than three quarter (77%) of UK employees say a mix of office-based and remote working is the best way forward post COVID-19, (1) but it’s important to avoid these common mistakes.

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