Equality & diversity

Benefits, biases and behaviours

We all make assumptions about people based on superficial characteristics that may have little relationship to their qualities as an individual. This stereotyping is how our brains try to simplify and make manageable the complexity of world around us. The problem is, these broad generalisations are often wrong in general, and almost always wrong at the level of the individual.

In order to treat people fairly we need to unmask and overcome these stereotypes and biases. We need to safeguard our capacity to judge individuals as individuals, affording everyone equal respect and opportunities, irrespective of their background.

The benefits for organisations that live up to these principles are many. They tap a wider talent pool when recruiting, have greater cognitive diversity and a wider range of ideas and perspectives to draw on in decision making, and are richer, more welcoming places to work.

This live online training session helps participants understand the cognitive and cultural sources of stereotypes, to reflect on their own biases, and to appreciate the value of ensuring equality and diversity at work. Led by an expert trainer and with a small and interactive group, delegates will build the knowledge, tools and strategies to help them contribute to building and maintaining  inclusivity both in their team and across their organisation.

What participants will learn

This intensive session is designed to have maximum practical impact in a short time. It provides tools and tips around topics including:

  • How our brains and experiences create biases in how we think about different groups
  • What unconscious bias is and how it operates in both individuals and organisations
  • Working within the laws that underpins equality and diversity
  • Why equality and diversity – and overcoming biases – are valuable goals both for ethical and organisational reasons
  • Exploring your personal ‘diversity’ and biases, and understanding how they impact on your behaviour, relationships and interactions
  • Strategies for managing your own biases
  • Action planning for promoting inclusion in your team

After the course every participant receives a PDF course handbook covering everything they’ve learnt on the course.

 

How is the training delivered?

This is a live and fully interactive training session. Just like classroom training, it is delivered by an experienced tutor to a small group, ensuring plenty of chances to ask questions and discuss experiences. 

Using a free web based interface, delegates are able to see, hear and interact with the trainer and other participants in real time. The session is intensive, and last about 90 minutes, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to help support equality and diversity in their organisation.

Our trainers

Our home and remote working trainers are expert practitioners and consultants, with many years of experience delivering impactful training across a broad range of organisations and sectors.

Sally Prescott

Sally has years of experience supporting organisations to deliver exceptional service, leadership and communications. She is a qualified coach and is licensed to deliver a wide range of training programmes. Whether through classroom or virtual training, Sally's energy, knowledge and experience have a lasting impact on those she teaches.

Kate Jennings - Cambridge Executive Development

Kate Jennings

A highly experienced trainer, coach and consultant with a commercial background in product development, Kate has worked with clients in the UK, Europe and US to develop and deliver classroom and virtual professional skills programmes.

Joanna Markham - Cambridge Executive Development

Joanna Markham

Joanna developed her vast knowledge over a long career as an academic and senior leader in industry. As a consultant she has worked with some of the world’s biggest companies, helping develop the professional and leadership skills of people ranging from new starters to CEOs.

If you have a group of colleagues who could benefit from the Equality and Diversity course, we can deliver an in-company session at a time that suits you.

Participants can join the session from the office or from home, and can take part in their own teams, or with a mixture of colleagues from across your organisation.

Fees depend on the number of participants and whether or not you would like the content adapted to address any specific issues relevant to your group.

Please contact us to find out more and to obtain a quote.

About us

Cambridge Exec is a boutique learning consultancy made up of a select team of specialists in workplace wellbeing, communications and people-oriented leadership and management. We deliver training and coaching, and conduct research and analysis that supports your people-centred workplace culture.

For over fifteen years we’ve been helping organisations ranging from small startups to international brands to build their people’s capacities, enhance wellbeing and boost engagement and productivity at work.

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