Global Taxonomy: Inclusive Cultures

How can we challenge so-called ‘innocent’ stereotypes?

We know that, left unchecked, our biases can impact business decisions, and stereotypes can feed into these biases.

One particularly poignant example of a stereotype, that I encountered during a washup discussion in a development centre, will stay with me for a long time.

During the discussion, we considered a participant from Denmark who had performed well but lacked international exposure and experience. A potential development opportunity proposed was for him to take on an international assignment. When mentioned, a senior leader in the client organisation said that in his experience, “Danish people don’t like moving out of Denmark”. 

Whilst based on his personal experience, it was clearly a stereotype, and fortunately, another leader in the discussion commented that in his experience, this wasn’t always the case. The challenge presented was a good one – and helped to prevent a decision from being influenced by bias – but challenging stereotypes and bias is not always easy to do.

Written by on September 27, 2023

Building A Successful DEI Programme Podcast

Join us for a special edition of our podcast, hosted by Bailey Bell, a managing psychologist at Pearn Kandola who has designed successful DEI programmes for many organisations in the private and public sector. Using his research and his experience, Bailey details the simple missteps that – unless addressed – can be costly to your […]

Written by on September 22, 2023

Neurodiversity in the Legal Profession: Overlooked and Under-Supported

Neurodiversity has become a buzzword in recent years as companies recognise the competitive advantages of a diverse workforce.

However, a recent study showed a shocking 59% of neurodivergent employees feel unsupported in the workplace, despite 87% of companies saying that they’re prioritising neurodiversity.

Following on from my article on 3 Ways to Support Your Neurodivergent Colleagues, I’ve been looking at the support available to neurodivergent employees in the legal sector.

Written by on August 31, 2023

Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace Podcast

Welcome to a special edition of our podcast, hosted by Clare Reynolds, principal psychologist at Pearn Kandola.

Embracing Neurodiversity in the Workplace details the benefits of having neurodivergent employees in your workforce and how best to support them, with strategies to foster inclusive environments.

Join Clare, a neurodiversity expert and coach, as she tackles the 3 most prevalent challenges faced by neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.

Uncover the damaging effects of these challenges and arm yourself with 3 practical solutions you can implement immediately to foster a truly inclusive and supportive environment.

Written by on August 4, 2023

Are popular leaders always good leaders?

At first glance, it may seem that for a leader to excel, they must possess a certain level of popularity to ensure they have support from their followers and are a source of inspiration and motivation.

Indeed leadership elections are often considered nothing more than a popularity competition.

However, popularity is not a simple concept, and not everyone strives for it the same way. Furthermore, for some leaders, popularity is not something they work to achieve – but receive as an outcome of their actions.

But what is it that makes a leader popular? And is it this popularity that creates a good leader?

Written by on July 25, 2023

Pearn Kandola Partner with GetZeN to Support Wellbeing at Work

Pearn Kandola is delighted to partner with GetZeN, a platform designed to promote wellbeing and implement practices to support it in the workplace. Making the workplace Fairer As part of our mission to make the world fairer, we know just how important it is that individuals can be their true selves at work. Employees that […]

Written by on June 28, 2023

6 Fundamental Principles for a Successful Diversity & Inclusion Programme

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is essential for the success of any organisation. When employees feel valued and included, they are more likely to be engaged, productive, and committed to the company’s goals. This article explores six key principles for developing and implementing a successful diversity and inclusion (D&I) programme. By following these principles, […]

Written by on June 7, 2023

▷ D&I Newscast: Episode 4

  Welcome to our D&I Newscast, hosted by Professor Binna Kandola OBE. Joined each month by one of our business psychologists, Binna and his guests present a fresh perspective on pressing stories from a D&I perspective while keeping you up to date with the latest research in the D&I world. This month’s special guests are […]

Written by on May 12, 2023

7 Costly Mistakes That Will Derail Your Diversity & Inclusion Programme

Over the past decade, it has become increasingly evident that developing a diverse and inclusive workplace is crucial for business success. Companies are investing heavily in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) programmes to not only meet legal and ethical standards but also unlock their workforce’s full potential. However, despite the best intentions, many D&I initiatives fail […]

Written by on May 12, 2023

Why are macho environments so harmful?

There’s been a lot of talk in the press recently about macho workplace cultures, with discussion often focussing in particular on uniformed professions such as the police. During these conversations, we tend to home in on the dangers of such environments, how they can become breeding grounds for hostile behaviour and how we should strive […]

Written by on April 28, 2023