05 / 2 / 2015 2.12pm
The theme of the meeting was 'Generational Diversity & What this Means for Workplace Practice'.
Dealing with diversity in the workplace means understanding and relating effectively with people who are different to you. The ability for a diverse group of people to build strength and unity through their diversity is the power that propels organisations into new dimensions of performance. This meeting sought to uncover some of the basic characteristics of the generations in today’s workforce and discuss the relevance of these differences to organisational performance.
The first speaker was Dianah Worman, OBE, Diversity Adviser at CIPD. She shared the details of ‘Gen Up – How the generations work’ which included various research looking at the impact of generational diversity and how organisations benefit from the skills and motivations of different generations.
Our second speakers were Charlotte Sweeney and Jan Mitcheson, Deputy Director – Innovation, OnePlusOne. They shared the findings of a recent project ‘Engaging Workplaces, Effective Relationships, Creating a Template for Action’ that discovered there is a positive connection between work engagement and relationship quality. It also showed that home-life can be a real driver of motivation and performance at work, and work-life can have a real impact on personal relationships.
Our third speakers were Kate Milton from NHS England & Jonathan Walters from Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They outlined details of ‘Socially responsible Employment’ which showed the partnership working between the DWP, Job Centre Plus and NHS organisations and how they support people learn skills which help them find permanent employment. In addition how their work was linked to the long term objective of reducing health inequalities experienced from being long-term unemployed, and improve mental health.
Our final speaker was Clive Lewis OBE DL Author and Director. In his session ‘Top Tips for Difficult Conversations’ - Clive asked the audience if they were either a ‘tackler or a dodger’. A tackler is a person who deals with situations as and when they arrive, regardless of their potential awkwardness or unpleasantness. They don’t procrastinate or put things off no matter how unappetising the impending conversation might be. To a tackler, the right outcome is the key. He concluded that many of us put things off when we should be getting on with them, even tacklers. But making a habit out of this, especially if you’re in a position of authority, can cause more damage than you can imagine – to the health of yourself and other people, the productivity of your department and the performance of your company as a whole.