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reWorked: The Diversity and Inclusion Podcast.

Join the EW Group team as they speak to leaders in diversity and inclusion, discussing best practice and wellbeing tips. Learn how you can rework your company culture to make it more inclusive. Brought to you by diversity consultancy, EW Group - we have 29 years of expertise in unconscious bias training and inclusive leadership.

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This month on reWorked, we are joined by EW Group diversity consultants Safina Nadeem and Yvonne Howard.EW Group’s Business Development Manager, Luke Robinson, sits down with Yvonne and Safina to look back on 2020 from the perspective of Covid-19 and anti-racism. They explore the changes to the world of work, with training going online, and the positive actions organisations are making in response to Black Lives Matter. Find out what organisations can do year-round to create a truly inclusive and anti-racist work culture for their Black, Asian and minority ethnic employees, customers, and stakeholders. Connect with Safina and Yvonne on LinkedIn. Get in touch to find out how we can work with you to build an anti-racist and inclusive culture. 
Is your organisation keen to start its D&I journey but unsure where to begin? In this episode of reWorked, Rachael offers practical advice for companies who are about to take their first steps towards creating a diverse and inclusive workplace culture. Following the tips in this mini-guide will benefit your current employees from all backgrounds and help your organisation implement D&I as part of the business strategy. Benefits include; improved employee satisfaction and retention, productivity and the ability to attract and recruit candidates from a more diverse group.Get in touch to find out more about how our 27 years of experience can help your organisation kick off its D&I journey. If you’re interested to hear how Lloyds Bank increased their diversity and inclusion agenda, listen to the recent reWorked podcast with Lloyds’ Anthony Francis.Connect with Rachael on LinkedIn or Twitter.You’re listening to reWorked, the EW Group podcast on company culture. For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
In this episode, Rachael talks to Helen Hyde, Acting Partners’ Counsellor at the John Lewis Partnership, the largest co-owned business in the UK with over 83,000 partners and no external shareholders. The company operates John Lewis & Partners department stores, Waitrose & Partners supermarkets, its banking and financial services.Rachael and Helen discuss the evolution of diversity and inclusion within the organisation, and the role that company values play in the development and sustainability of its culture. They also explore the benefits of being your true self at work and the positive impact that business leaders can have by leading the way on personal authenticity. Connect with Helen on LinkedIn.Connect with John Lewis Partnership on Twitter or LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
This episode looks at inclusive communications. Communications are important to every organisation. They can be internal or external, official or informal, and aimed at customers, employees or stakeholders. It’s vital that communications reflect the diverse groups of people a company works with. Without care, groups of people can quickly become excluded, overlooked or missed out. With inclusive communications, your organisation can interact with everyone it represents.But what exactly are inclusive communications? It’s an area that organisations are often confused about or are unsure how to deal with. Rachael answers the key questions including: ·      What do we mean by inclusive communications?·      What are examples of inclusive communications?·      Are ‘accessible communications’ different to ‘inclusive communications’?·      Why is it highly beneficial for organisations to communicate inclusively?Get in touch to find out more about our bespoke training courses, which include our Inclusive Cultures training and Pledge and Inclusive Recruitment courses. Also check out Rachael's blog on Diversity Communications, 5 Brilliant Examples.Connect with Rachael on LinkedIn or Twitter.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website. 
In episode 11, Rachael offers help and advice on inclusive recruitment in the third part of our 'How to Rework' mini series.Why is inclusive recruitment an important topic for organisations to tap into right now? On many levels moving to a diverse workforce is a game-changer. It's been shown that homogenous groups make less successful business decisions and are less innovative than more diverse groups. So if you can attract and retain more diverse staff into your organisation then your business performance and employee engagement should rise.Along with her top ten tips for inclusive recruitment that you can apply to your organisation right now, Rachael answers all your key questions and cover the fundamentals for success.Get in touch to learn more about EW Group's bespoke inclusive recruitment training and  how we can support your organisation in becoming more inclusive.Connect with Rachael on LinkedIn or Twitter.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
This week Rachael speaks to Mabel Garcia, People, Culture and EDI Manager for the construction division based in the UK at Ferrovial Agroman.Ferrovial Agroman is the construction division of Ferrovial SA, a multinational civil engineering and services company headquartered in Spain. The construction division is involved in a number of high-profile infrastructure projects in the UK, including the extension of the northern line, High Speed 2, Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.Rachael and Mabel discuss how Ferrovial Agroman is overcoming one the industry's biggest challenges: the shortage of engineering talent. One report cited in The Engineer last year said that 45% of all unemployed engineering graduates are from a BME background. This is an uncomfortable fact for the industry. Rachael and Mabel discuss the business case for diversity, understanding the barriers to recruiting diverse talent and inclusive recruitment best practices.Connect with Mabel on LinkedIn.Connect with Ferrovial on Twitter or LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
This week Rachael talks to Nikki de Vet, Organisational Effectiveness Manager at British Land, one of the largest property development and investment companies in the UK.In this episode, Rachael and Nikki tackle two of the most burning questions in diversity and inclusion: how to get buy-in from staff at all levels for cultural change programmes and how do you measure the impact the work you are doing is having? Rachael and Nikki discuss what triggered the need for culture change at British Land, how to get diversity onto the agenda of senior leaders, barriers to change, getting buy-in from all levels across the organisation and how to measure the ROI on culture change programmes.Connect with Nikki on LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
In this episode, Rachael talks to Rebecca Berry, Head of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyds Register about driving culture change. Rebecca Berry is the Head of Culture, Diversity and Inclusion at Lloyds Register, one of the world’s leading providers of professional services for engineering and technology. Rachael and Rebecca discuss the specific challenges of creating an inclusive culture at scale in a complex, global organisation, the vision for what good looks like and their ongoing commitment to cultural renewal.  Connect with Rebecca on LinkedIn.Follow Lloyds Register on Twitter.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
In episode 7, Rachael breaks down the popular buzz phrase inclusive leadership in our new 'How to reWork' mini-series.In this episode, Rachael tackles 'inclusive leadership'. It's a popular buzz phrase just now, but what does it mean? Rachael answers all your key questions, including: • What do we mean by 'inclusive leadership'? • What would you seen an inclusive leader doing? • How do you know if you are an inclusive leader?Along with great examples of inclusive leadership, this episode covers all the important fundamentals you need to understand and develop inclusive leadership skills.Get in touch to learn more about EW Group's bespoke inclusive leadership training and  how we can support you organisation in becoming more inclusive.Connect with Rachael on LinkedIn or Twitter.You're listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
In episode 6, Rachael talks to Gary Jackson, Group Director of Communications and Customer Success at Mears Group about the importance of diversity communications.Rachael and Gary discuss the importance of diversity communications in your organisation, from how critical is good comms on diversity and inclusion, to how getting it right can move you from an organisation that has diversity and inclusion initiatives to one that lives and breathes those values in a meaningful way. Today everything is value led and driven, so it’s important to let everyone know who you are as a business and what you stand for collectively, says Gary.From recognising a ‘one size fits all’ approach to internal communications doesn’t work, to identifying the importance of clear messages and creating a storytelling culture, Gary shares his insights and experiences in transforming how diversity is positioned at Mears.Connect with Gary on Twitter or LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website. 
In episode 5, Rachael talks to Dominie Moss, founder of The Return Hub, a unique recruitment firm about what her company is doing to challenge the return to work status quo.People returning to work after a career break, having children, travelling – whatever the reason – can face an uphill struggle to be taken seriously in the job market. The transferable skills they possess can be a real asset to our organisations, but they are all too often overlooked. Dominie Moss is changing that with her organisation, The Return Hub, which places professionals who want to relaunch after a career break or transfer their careers into the financial services sector. Rachael and Dominie discuss the barriers candidates face, best practices companies can adopt in their recruitment processes, and whether the automation of recruitment will help overcome unconscious bias. Connect with Dominie on Twitter or LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.People Management Article: Fewer than one in five women feel confident returning to work after maternity leave
In this week's episode, we're changing things up. In our new "How to rework" guides, Rachael Wilson breaks down the big topics in diversity and inclusion, starting with unconscious bias.In this episode, Rachael is tackling unconscious bias. From answering 'what is unconscious bias?' to discussing 'how does it affect us at work?', 'what's the science behind it?' and 'what can we do to address unconscious bias?', all grounds are covered. Learn more about EW Group's bespoke unconscious bias training and how we can support your organisation in becoming more inclusive.Connect with Rachael on LinkedIn or Twitter.You're listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
In this week's episode, Rachael talks to Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE, former civil servant and founder of the Power of Staff Networks.Cherron Inko-Tariah is one of those inspiring people who has turned her passion for staff networks into her specialism. Cherron is the author of The Incredible Power of Staff Networks, which is a go-to guide for setting up, getting buy-in and making a success of staff networks. She now works across the UK and internationally to support the creation of staff networks. In 2011, Cherron received an MBE for her services to the UK government and her work in the faith community with young people. In this episode, Cherron shares her insights and tips on what makes a successful staff network (and what doesn't) and how you can start your own staff network within your organisation.Connect with Cherron on LinkedIn or Twitter.You're listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on company culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or visit our website.
In episode 2, Rachael talks to Salma El-Wardany, TEDx speaker, BBC Radio London host, business owner and poet, about her experiences as a Muslim woman in the 21st century both in wider society and in the workplace.Salma discusses her experiences growing up in Newcastle, fighting in the revolution during the Arab Spring in Cairo, working in the corporate world in London, and starting her own marketing business as a young Muslim woman. Salma stresses the importance of not just giving lip service to diversity, but the need to do something, to be constructive with our anger and challenge dominant narratives that normalise prejudice and discrimination.You can also read more about Salma's experiences and her tips on what we could each do to impact lasting change and create more inclusive cultures here.Connect with Salma on LinkedIn and Twitter.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to create inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter or visit our website.
In our first episode back for 2019, Rachael talks to Victoria Hills, Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, on her career journey and important lessons she’s learnt on the way.Until April 2018 Victoria Hills headed up the UK's largest re-generation project in West London. She’s now Chief Executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the largest planning institute in Europe. Touching upon on the importance of role models, networking and taking a risk to get the career you want, Victoria reflects on the milestones in her career so far and the challenges of getting to the top as a woman. Whilst the field of planning is still largely dominated by men, there’s phenomenal change underway with more and more women entering the industry. But what can be done to ensure that the industry is as representative and diverse as possible? Victoria shares her insights not only on the barriers to diversity, but her tips you can adopt now to get the career you want.Connect with Victoria on LinkedIn or Twitter.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to build inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter or our Website.
In this week’s episode, Rachael is talking to Karen Venn, Diversity and Inclusion Project Manager at Network Rail about a new project Karen’s spearheading with her colleagues, ‘Everyone’s Guide to Menopause.’Menopause is still a relatively taboo subject regarding women’s health. The average age menopause is reached is 50, affecting approximately 3.5 million women in the UK. Menopause affects women in different ways. And since we’re now living longer and retiring later, menopause will undoubtedly affect our working lives in some way.It’s not often spoken about even within personal circles, let alone openly discussing its impact on employees’ wellbeing within the workplace. Not often do we find employers who are proactive in supporting women during this time. Yet, Karen and her team at Network Rail are tackling the subject head on. Launching the ‘Everyone Matters Guide to Menopause’, along with a short film on the subject, helpful resources and a support group, Network Rail are light years ahead in their approach in ensuring everyone feels supported at work and cultivating an inclusive work environment.Connect with Karen on LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to build inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter.
This week, Rachael is talking to Pat Cox – reader in Social Work and Social Justice at University of Central Lancashire – about the diversity and inclusion issues surrounding migration.We effectively live in a world on the move. We are increasingly looking for meaningful work, opportunities, better standards of living and adventure. Migration is undoubtedly one of the overarching issues of the 21st century sparking political and moral debates about nationalism, patriotism and the rights of migrant peoples across the world.Yet, we still have limited knowledge about the experiences of migrants in the UK. And we know even less about the lived experiences of migrants escaping from torture, war and even the impact of climate change.Pat shares her insights into the matter, what it means to a reader and the importance of challenging people on their preconceptions and initiating new ways of thinking about migration.Follow Pat Cox on ResearchGate.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to build inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter.
In this episode, Rachael talks to Caroline Arnold, an executive coach and one of EW Group’s team of diversity and inclusion specialists, about how coaching can help individuals and how it fits into the broader organisational picture.More organisations are recognising the importance of offering coaching and mentoring to its employees to help create progression pathways into senior positions which work for men and women equally.For example, PwC recently announced it will begin assigning mentors – usually partners – to help female and ethnic minorities employees access career-defining opportunities and help tackle its gender pay gap.Caroline’s interest in coaching, especially women, stems for her own personal experiences in forging her career path and background in HR which showed her that women compared to men didn’t always feel able to negotiate their own salary and benefit packages.Learn how you can power up your career with coaching.Connect with Caroline on LinkedIn.You’re listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture.For more on EW Group and the work we do to build inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter.
In Episode 17, Rachael is joined by a good friend of EW Group, Ruth Cooper-Dickson, to discuss how to remove the fear of saying no. Ruth also shares her practical tips on how to create more time for yourself despite having a hectic work schedule. Ruth is our partner for all Mental Health England accredited programmes and a well respected specialist in the field of mental health and wellbeing. She is also the founder of Champs Consultancy and a patron of the national anxiety charity, No Panic. We’re all creatures of (bad) habits. Hear more about our 5-point plan for wellbeing and making more time for you! 1. Creating space for yourself through morning routines 2. Establishing work boundaries 3. Having ceremonies or routines 4. Setting the pace of your day 5. Building on your strengths For more on the Miracle Morning, click here. Connect with Ruth on Twitter or Instagram. You're listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture. For more on EW Group and the work we do to build inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter.
In episode 16 of Reworked, Rachael Wilson talks to the Gilane Tawadros, Chief Executive at DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organisation. DACS was set up by artists for artists to help transform the financial landscape for visual artists, campaign for artists’ rights and champion their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy. Yet, sometimes it is easy to lose sight of your organisation’s core purpose. Gilane talks about the importance of DACS rediscovering its purpose and reconnecting with the people it is meant to serve: to support artists’ work and their ability to produce their artwork sustainably. Without having this deep understanding of artists’ needs and what these needs will be in the future at the heart of the organisation, it becomes increasingly difficult to remain relevant. Cultural change does not happen overnight. Rachael and Gilane discuss the steps DACS took to implement a cultural change to help reconnect with artists and embed across all levels of the organisation the mantra – does this help artists? – to help build confidence and clarify DACS core purpose to both artists and the outside world. Connect with Gilane on Twitter. You're listening to Reworked, the EW Group podcast on workplace culture. For more on EW Group and the work we do to build inclusive cultures, follow us on Twitter.
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