Wednesday 30th October 2019
There is a huge effort currently to implement strategies and adopt behaviours which address the many complex issues surrounding diversity & inclusion across the housing sector. Be it gender, ethnicity, disability, age, race, religion, or any number of other diversities, there is a very common thread that runs throughout the tapestry: We must nurture a sense of ‘belonging’ for all.
Space To Belong
Belonging is about truly knowing that every individual is in their job and industry because of what they uniquely bring to the table, and to be completely accepted for who they are, without fear or judgement. Couple this with an attitude towards a values-driven profession, and it becomes clear that we must each play our part, whatever section of the industry, to ensure we are doing things right in our area of expertise to nurture and help maintain this diverse and inclusive environment.
A Holistic Approach
At Greenacre we believe it is our duty to act responsibly and diligently when it comes to feeding the right professionals into the housing sector, whilst demonstrating the language we use, (ie conscious and unconscious bias), the advice we give and the processes we follow, exclude no one on the basis of their diversity, and creates opportunity for creativity, individuality, autonomy and ambition whilst supporting those individuals who may traditionally not have felt included in certain areas of the professional arena.
To play our part, Greenacre takes a multilateral approach, by:
Being avid promoters of the agile workforce – all our staff have now transitioned to various capacity to flexible working, which creates opportunity and career advancement to those who may previously have been excluded from doing so.
At the end of the day its about all of us working together to drive the change. If we get the language right and create the environment for individuals to have a sense of belonging, the best talent will find your organisation without you even having to search!
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