As with many employers Diversity and Inclusion may have fallen by the way side in the last few months. With the immediate focus on supporting their employees in working from home, along with the focus on financial pressures took precedent on other initiatives.
However a few months on and the pandemic has created some new challenges in terms of inclusion which in turn has presented new challenges for HR. Every employee will be affected differently by the pandemic and having clear communication on the support that is available along with plans to cater for different circumstances is essential.
For those working at home with children, flexibility will be important and managers may need to adapt and flex to support them in managing workloads. Providing guidance and support to managers on subjects such as talent management, reminding them of specific targets for representation within the workforce, along with tools to tackle workplace bias are all items that still need addressing during the current climate.
While diversity and inclusion has been a crucial part of HR’s remit, it is possible that some employers may have taken their eye off the ball during the pandemic when it comes to D&I – focussing instead on financial success to keep businesses ticking over and overseeing the remote working set-ups for staff during the pandemic.