The Equality Act came into place in 2010 and aims to protect people from discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
The 9 protected characteristics under the Equality act are; Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion or Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.
An inclusive workforce should provide a diverse and inclusive workforce, which acknowledges and celebrates individuality.
Case Study: the Original Rosslyn Inn
Richard Harris, Director at Roslin Inn Ltd, explains how their long-established family business has found strength by having an inclusive workforce:
“We believe an inclusive workforce is a stronger workforce. The fulfilment of witnessing people grow in ability and assuredness is one of the most rewarding achievements in hospitality. Through patience, supportive coaching, understanding limitations, and addressing individual concerns we can plan a bespoke route that develops a happy, productive team member.
Belonging to a progressive positive culture helps candidates lacking in confidence, realise accomplishments and builds personal belief.
The growth that comes with helping others develops empathy in the workforce, benefiting customers and team members alike. We have found the rewards of this approach generates contented, motivated, fulfilled loyal employees.”