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Diversity and Inclusion: Rethinking workplace diversity

Top quartile companies for diversity were found to be more likely to financially outperform industry medians than bottom quartile companies for gender diversity (by 16%) and ethnic diversity (by 35%) (McKinsey & Company, 2017).

Workplace diversity is far more than just a moral issue. Organisations can harness the difference in people to help them become more successful, more innovative, more skilled and better able to cater to their diverse clients’ needs. However, putting steps in place to build a diverse workforce is not enough. So what can you do?

Join Mollie and Arianna as they discuss the importance of having a D&I strategy in your recruitment and people processes, how to cultivate an inclusive workforce and the challenges you may come across.

Key takeaways:
- Why is diversity important in the workplace?
- Interesting statistics on bias, diversity and inclusion
- How you can cultivate diversity in the workplace

This webinar is for HR professionals, leaders and managers looking to improve their diversity and inclusion strategy by addressing unconscious bias in the workplace. 

Mollie has an Occupational Psychology MSc with University of Leicester and is a Research Assistant within the Global Science Team. She is mainly responsible for carrying out academic research in relation to psychometric assessments and validating concepts to help inform new product ideas. Her dissertation focused on the impact of trait emotional intelligence on workplace outcomes.

Arianna has a Masters in Organisational & Business Psychology from UCL and is a Research Assistant within the Science Team at Thomas International. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between personality traits and organisational outcomes and the moderating impact of self-awareness. Arianna is involved in running validation and reliability studies for psychometric tools, conducting academic and client research for product innovation and analysing data through statistical analysis.
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    - How to use the Managing Remote Workers report for management style compatibility, how to engage and how to motivate your employees
    - The benefits of measuring behaviour and aptitude
    - Reports available to make recruitment and remote onboarding easier

    This webinar is for Thomas customers looking to improve their use of assessments and to understand how to use the wide range of reports available for recruitment.

    Kira van Niekerk, Global Trainer at Thomas International, is a registered psychometrist who has a passion for people excellence and the promotion of self-awareness at the individual, team and organisational level. She has experience facilitating team workshops and awareness sessions, with a focus on positive psychology and personal effectiveness. Kira has worked with a variety of clients in different industries and has experience in the industrial, clinical and medicolegal fields. She is also a certified mindfulness life coach.

    Carmen is the Senior Customer Success Manager, after being a Business Psychologist in the global Science team for over two years. She is a registered member of the British Psychological Society as well as the Association of Business Psychologists.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: Rethinking workplace diversity Recorded: Dec 3 2020 44 mins
    Organisational Psychologists Mollie Tatlow and Arianna McMechan from Thomas International
    Top quartile companies for diversity were found to be more likely to financially outperform industry medians than bottom quartile companies for gender diversity (by 16%) and ethnic diversity (by 35%) (McKinsey & Company, 2017).

    Workplace diversity is far more than just a moral issue. Organisations can harness the difference in people to help them become more successful, more innovative, more skilled and better able to cater to their diverse clients’ needs. However, putting steps in place to build a diverse workforce is not enough. So what can you do?

    Join Mollie and Arianna as they discuss the importance of having a D&I strategy in your recruitment and people processes, how to cultivate an inclusive workforce and the challenges you may come across.

    Key takeaways:
    - Why is diversity important in the workplace?
    - Interesting statistics on bias, diversity and inclusion
    - How you can cultivate diversity in the workplace

    This webinar is for HR professionals, leaders and managers looking to improve their diversity and inclusion strategy by addressing unconscious bias in the workplace. 

    Mollie has an Occupational Psychology MSc with University of Leicester and is a Research Assistant within the Global Science Team. She is mainly responsible for carrying out academic research in relation to psychometric assessments and validating concepts to help inform new product ideas. Her dissertation focused on the impact of trait emotional intelligence on workplace outcomes.

    Arianna has a Masters in Organisational & Business Psychology from UCL and is a Research Assistant within the Science Team at Thomas International. Her dissertation focused on the relationship between personality traits and organisational outcomes and the moderating impact of self-awareness. Arianna is involved in running validation and reliability studies for psychometric tools, conducting academic and client research for product innovation and analysing data through statistical analysis.
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