A diversity focus tends to be proactive and driven by the organisations need and desire for inclusion. Diversity is based on a positive attitude to difference, which recognises that everyone is an individual and differences among employees should be respected and encouraged for the good of the business. Individuals with different experiences, backgrounds and attitudes bring different perspectives and ideas to the organisation. These are of real value in helping the organisation to meet the needs of its employees, be efficient and innovative in its operations, and attractive to a diverse customer base. The result should yield a superior organisational performance.
Employers in Ireland are engaged in a range of excellent initiatives and practices that highlight their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ibec are showcasing a range of different types of organisation, tackling different elements of diversity and inclusion in a broad variety of different ways. While there is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to diversity and inclusion, these case studies illustrate what can be done and how it has made an impact on individuals and the organisation.
We will be adding to this list of best practice case studies over the coming months.
Transgender - Employer and Employee Guidelines
20/12/2017 - New guidelines for employers and employees were launched in December by the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI).
Trinity College Dublin - Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy
22/11/2017 - Trinity College Dublin case study- Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy
Dublin Bus - Recruitment of female bus drivers
04/09/2017 - Dublin Bus, similar to other transport organisations worldwide, has low female representation amongst its employees, especially bus drivers. As of January 2016, 93.5% of Dublin Bus employees were men, with 97% of bus drivers being men. Dublin Bus decided to address this issue directly.