Equality & Diversity in the Workplace
DescriptionBullying and harassment are cited as the most common causes of stress and poor mental health in the workplace today. Good employers understand the sound business case behind addressing such issues, and ensuring the workplace is an inclusive and fair environment for all, regardless of such individual differences as age, gender, orientation and disability.
Who should attend?
This course is of benefit to all – HR managers, line managers, Union reps and staff themselves – in order to be more aware of what constitutes bullying and harassment, and offer appropriate responses and solutions to these behaviours.
Who will the workshop benefit?Improved morale and mental health amongst staff, and increased awareness of how to tackle these issues amongst managers.
This workshop can be made as theoretical or practical as required by the group and flexible in terms of needs. In order to enable learning outcomes to be achieved in a unique and fun way it will include discussion, debates and a critical exploration of:
- Definitions of diversity and equality
- The six strands of equality
- Definitions of bullying and harassment
- Forms of bullying in the workplace
- Effects of bullying on individuals and organisations
- Barriers to reporting bullying
- What Individuals can do if they are being bullied
- Legal responsibilities for Employers
- Available help and resources
Dave Costello has been an Occupational Therapist for 17 years and has worked in a variety of clinical areas in mental health in the NHS. He went on to specialise in vocational rehabilitation, exploring methods in which services could become more focused around assisting and supporting individuals with health issues back into work. He worked for a national pilot in job retention in Bristol, which then resulted in him helping to deliver training to some 30 Trusts and Voluntary Sector providers around the UK in job retention case management.
Dave is continuing this work in Wales, and is the lead OT for the Healthy Minds at Work Equal Programme. Dave is also a guest lecturer at the University of West of England. In recent years Dave has worked outside the context of the NHS, and has designed and delivered Condition Management Programmes for Depression through the New Deal, as well as providing rehabilitation and case management to the insurance industry. Dave is a trained clinical hypnotherapist and regularly utilises this skill in addition to more traditional therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and solution focussed approaches.