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06 May 2022

Diversity Lens - Issue 124

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

You know when you come across something you didn't realise you needed, but once you get it, you are so glad? Diversifying collaborated with eBay last week to host an incredible online workshop titled "An Adaptive Look at Stress."

Stress and anxiety were not publicly spoken about when I was growing up in the black community. Often, it was either pushed off as if it didn't exist, or your feelings were dismissed because "life is harsh." Having a strong support system around me now is a blessing and a privilege. Diversifying’s workshop moved beyond this to share a wealth of knowledge about managing stress in your personal and professional life, the advantages of sleep, and much, much more. I'd highly recommend everyone who missed this session to view it and share it with others, as it is certain to benefit someone in your life.
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Can Bears Ski? CBeebies story corner

One for the kids! Rose Ayling-Ellis becomes the latest celeb to read a CBeebies bedtime story, but she is the first to do it in British Sign Language. The 27-year-old actor, deaf since birth, will tell the story "of a young bear and his father on their journey into the discovery and management of deafness." The tale is written by Raymond Antrobus and draws on their own experience as a deaf child.

More of this kind of representation please!
 
"Donate to an Abortion Fund Right Now"The Cut
On Monday of this week, Politico published a leaked document written by Justice Samuel Alito, stating that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.” Roe v Wade is set to be overturned, and with it, safe access to abortions across the US.

To be clear, abortion would not be outlawed nation-wide but would be left to each state's discretion. More than half of the country - at least 26 states - are expected to remove abortion rights, signalling an "impending catastrophe".

If Roe is overturned, this means people who need an abortion, for any number of reasons, may have to travel hundreds of miles to acquire one legally. The Guardian highlighted, for instance, that someone who lives in Louisiana would have to travel to Illinois to find the nearest abortion clinic - more than 500 miles - requiring resources, money, logistical support and time.

This is invariably going to impact people of colour and low-income people the most acutely. It will also impact those who remain in states where abortion is legal, as wait times will likely skyrocket.

The Cut list the states and relevant funds that need your help the most. Even now, while Roe still stands, access to abortion is severely restricted in these states. Mississippi, for example, has just one abortion clinic left and a post-Roe trigger ban set to pass.

The reversal of Roe v Wade is a feared "tipping point" for a wider erosion of human rights and anxiety is mounting around other Supreme Court decisions such as the right to contraceptives, gay marriage and other fundamental civil liberties. The US was once a global leader for women's rights; now, it's set to restrict basic bodily autonomy.

At a protest, a large flag read 'anti-abortion laws kill us'
 
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GPs face ‘appalling’ racism that forces doctors to leave, leaked report reveals
A leaked NHS report shows that racism and prejudice are prevalent in London's healthcare. According to a study of 1,000 workers, 39% claimed they had experienced discrimination from patients, while 29% said they had experienced discrimination or harassment from co-workers. The report also revealed that gender was the second most reported form of abuse, while harassment or discrimination due to race was the most frequent. One staff member said: "Racism can come from minority groups. The [ethnically diverse] practise manager paid the black admin staff significantly less than the white staff, and often less than the minimum wage. " Senior GPs believe patients will pay the ultimate price because skilled doctors are leaving their practises to avoid being abused by patients.

"There is considerable evidence that the UK is systemically racist, and that the NHS is a systemically racist workplace."

Phoebe Bridgers bravely shares her abortion story: ‘Everyone deserves that kind of access’
Phoebe Bridgers bravely shares her abortion story
Phoebe Bridgers revealed on Twitter that she had an abortion in October 2021 while on tour: "I went to Planned Parenthood where they gave me the abortion pill." The singer opened up about her experience following the publication of a leaked Supreme Court ruling indicating that the United States' abortion rights may be overturned. Her supporters lauded her for speaking out, with one tweeting, "Normalising miscarriages and abortions helps people tremendously. It is not taboo.”
Calls for compulsory MP training to tackle sexist culture in parliament
Boris Johnson is under pressure to implement mandatory training for MPs following new disclosures concerning sexism and harassment in Westminster. Neil Parish became the latest Member of Parliament to face criticism after admitting to watching pornography in the House of Commons. Conservative MP Chris Bryant stated, "It’s time we put in place regular training for all MPs in best practice as an employer and understanding the code of conduct and the rules of the House." Some MPs believe that those causing the disturbance are in the minority and do not represent parliament, although the frequent news stories revealing a persistent toxic culture would suggest otherwise.
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The inclusive employer spotlight: Virgin Atlantic
We’re proud to be working with Virgin Atlantic as they continue to grow and inspire everyone to take on the world. Their focus on inclusivity, activism, and challenger spirit makes them one of the most exciting airlines to work for.

They say the best jobs make you fly - so find out more about Virgin Atlantic and their commitment to inclusion on Diversifying.

You can also join our collaborative event where we'll discuss how to be your true, authentic self at work - sign up here!
Staff at London law firm can work from home full-time – if they take 20% pay cut
Stephenson Harwood's managing partners are granting lawyers and other workers the option of working from home permanently, but only if they are ready to take a 20% salary reduction. Junior lawyers at the business earn an entry salary of £90,000, which means that anyone accepting the offer would lose around £18,000. The new salary policy is in response to the hiring of additional lawyers stationed outside of London, where living standards are higher. It's hard to see how this policy can be supported when there is a general consensus that working from home generates higher productivity levels and longer working hours. Is this the answer to flexible working demands?

"Like so many firms, we see value in being in the office together regularly, while also being able to offer our people flexibility”

Six misunderstood concepts about diversity in the workplace and why they matter
Diversity and inclusion is everywhere - news, social media, company policies - but how many people genuinely understand what it means? How much is just paying lip-service to the concepts rather than fully comprehending them? The Conversation break down the jargon, such as Allyship, Intersectionality, and Pronouns - so you can be more confident you're being inclusive at work, and the rest of your life. We know it can sometimes be intimidating to engage with concepts that seem foreign to you, and there is a fear of saying the wrong thing, but the only way to progress is to face this discomfort head-on, and learn.
The rise of the 15-minute meeting
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Digital fatigue is a massive concern that is growing more prevalent. To fight digital fatigue, work management platform Asana conducted an experiment in which employees were encouraged to shorten meetings and reduce their cadence. In doing so, workers saved an average of 11 hours per month, which equates to 17 days over the course of a year. This change made a significant difference in their productivity and increased their overall well-being. Distributed also implemented the 15-minute meetings during the pandemic. "When you do the maths and realise that a one-hour meeting for eight people equals one full business day, these shorter, more focused meetings are a no-brainer," says co-founder Callum Adamson.

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