Formerly known as BAME Recruitment

03 Apr 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 20

Apr 3

Diversity Lens - Issue 20

Diversity Lens

Welcome to Diversity Lens, the newsletter from BAME Recruitment and Diversifying.io! We’re pleased to be bringing you all the latest news and opinions about recruitment and the world of diversity and inclusion.
 
Latest News

Update from BAME Recruitment
With working from home becoming the new norm for many of us, it's important to stay engaged with your coworkers! At BAME Recruitment, we're working on this continually and coming up with new ways to connect remotely outside of work commitments.
Before offices were a relic of the past, we had planned a pot luck lunch where everyone was to bring in a dish, bought or homemade, that is special or memorable in some way and share the story of why.
This week we attempted to go ahead with this remotely as best we could. In the spirit of Mukbang, a Korean eating show where the host eats food while broadcasting, we decided to bring our respective lunches onto video call and enjoy a collective Mukbang-style feast. Dishes included; beans on a crumpet, super noodles, homemade gnocchi and tempeh goreng bawang lada kicap. A real variety!




Events from BAME Recruitment
In light of the COVID-19 crisis and many events unfortunately cancelled, BAME Recruitment are working to increase our online presence in the form of webinars. This month, our CEO and Founder, Cynthia will make an appearance on an episode of Brainfood, on the topic of 'Pushing the reset button on D&I', on April 17th. She will participate in a webinar panel session on April 21st for the IRM Business Change and Transformation Conference until the physical event can be safely rearranged. Furthermore, Cynthia will be leading a webinar on 'How to reduce bias in your recruitment process' on April 23rd for the Inclusive Companies Awards. Follow the links through to register to join! We are determined to continue the conversation on diversity and inclusion within recruitment as much as possible under the current circumstances.




An eight-year-old boy's 'infinite broadcast of love' to raise awareness of autism
It is World Autism Awareness Week! There are many misconceptions surrounding autism and one mother and her autistic eight-year-old son have launched a campaign this week to challenge this. I Love You Infinity is a project inspired by the unique way that William expresses his love by counting how many times he says 'I love you'. Mum, Lisa and her team have recorded and programmed his voice to count his love infinitely. In this uncertain time, they have been sending postcards with messages of love to homes in an effort to raise spirits. Both mum and son hope to raise awareness of how autism interacts with love. Click the picture below to visit the campaign website and listen to William.




The Boss that made £60K the minimum salary for his employees
In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff and personally took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he's still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off. Dan Price was inspired whilst hiking with friend Valerie in the Cascade. She told him that her life was in chaos, that her landlord had increased her monthly rent and she was struggling to pay her bills, despite working 2 jobs and being a veteran. Dan decided to take action and set on making the minmum wage at his company $70,000. Since then, the headcount has doubled and the value of payments that the company processes has gone from $3.8bn a year to $10.2bn. But there are other metrics that Price is more proud of: "Before the $70,000 minimum wage, we were having between zero and two babies born per year amongst the team," he says. "And since the announcement - and it's been only about four-and-a-half years - we've had more than 40 babies." Click the photo below to read more on this incredible story.

 Student uses student grant to help others get into Oxford Uni
Oxford Student, Joe Seddon had £200 left over from his grant for Uni. He thought about spending it on a night out, however it dawned on him that not many like him, with a single mum and state school background, had gotten into Oxford University. The 22-year-old used the cash to set up an app that helps people from low-income families get into Oxford and Cambridge University. The app, called Access Oxbridge, works by connecting students with undergraduates who mentor them through the application process. "This isn't about offering a cheat sheet about how to perform an admissions test or interviews", for Joe it's just about getting students prepared and comfortable with the environment they're about to go into. Click the photo to discover more about this new, innovative app.

 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Is HR a hypocrite when it comes to D&I?
The data shows that those who work in HR are overwhelmingly female, white and straight. How much credibility can they have when advising on diversity and inclusion? Whilst HR departments may appear to confront D&I, conducting workshops and sparking debates, little direct action seems to be taken in tackling diversity in their own field. If hiring processes aren't conducted by a diverse collection of people, their hires will also lack in representation. Diversity on boards, in senior management, and within HR are vital in creating more inclusive workplaces and prompting change from the top down. BAME Recruitment takes this as the top priority in our mission to diversify organisations. Click the photo for further debate.




One in five of UK's top FTSE 350 firms warned over gender diversity
A government-backed review intends to see at least a third of board and leadership positions at the UK's top firms to be filled by women by the end of this year. Findings thus far have shown that companies are falling drastically short of this aim and 63 firms are being faced with enquiries about how they intend to tackle this gender imbalance. Whilst figures have shown that some are making good progress towards this target, there are still 35 FTSE 350 firms which have all-male executive committees. It has long been proven that diversity in the workplace is an undisputable factor in a company's success. Progress must continue to take place, and more rapidly, if targets are to be met. Click the image for more diversity statistics.



BAME millennials have less stable working lives than their white peers
A study has shown that BAME millennials are 47% more likely to be on zero hour contracts and are 10% more likely to have a second job. Furthermore, they are 5% more likely to be doing shift work and 4% less likely to have a permanent contract, in comparison to white peers. Authors of the study have called on the government to address this disparity by performing internal investigations into the diversity of workplaces, and for mental health services to support those in unstable employment. Indeed, the same study found that poor mental health was closely linked with millennials in unreliable work. Simon Wooley, Director and Co-founder of Operation Black Vote, said: "The race penalty in the workspace is further exacerbated by mental health issues. It's a double hit if you're from a BAME community", Mental health services must support this disproportionately affected community. Click the photo for the full report review. 
 
Story of the Week

Boy with stutter who was made fun of by teachers, helps others with the same condition
Callum has suffered from a stutter since early childhood. He states his stutter used to affect "every aspect of my life". In particular he was made fun of by a teacher for his stutter and couldn't even say his own name. However he discovered a group which helped him take control of his speech and inspired him to help others struggling in the same way all over the world. Now he helps others in the same situation as him.
"I was embarrassed by it (stutter), I wasn't actively looking for online support or talking to my parents about it - so I don't think they knew I was struggling with it." - Callum on feeling isolated due to his stutter.
 
Featured Video

After being rejected for job offers - father of 4 sets up business for his daughters with Down Syndrome to work in. Called Downlights, the venture is a shining success in their home country New Zealand.
"When Nikki was born with Down Syndrome as well, we initially thought wow this is a disaster. However we soon realised that it's fantastic, the girls can bond together." - Father Tony talking about his experience of having two children with Down Syndrome.
 
Inspirational Person of the Week

NHS staff and volunteers
This week our inspirational person is a little different. We would like to congratulate and applaud the staff and volunteers working tirelessly at the NHS. Some 20,000 former NHS staff have returned to work to help the fight against coronavirus. The staff who include all the frontline workers - NHS staff, carers, food and medicine delivery drivers, pharmacists and volunteers are all risking their own lives to make the UK public safer. Support for these wokers have taken part in a "Clap for Carers" tribute, saluting NHS and care workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. A message from the NHS on social media described the tribute as "emotional". Meanwhile, firefighters have agreed to drive ambulances, deliver supplies and help to move bodies if needed to aid the UK response to the pandemic. Thank you to everyone for all their help.

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