A special event is being held in Newquay next month focusing on inclusivity in the workplace.
‘Making Work Work for Everyone’ is being organised by The Inclusivity Project and will deliver findings from a research project across the Cornish small business community into areas such as unconscious bias and hybrid working.
Kirsten Whiting, project manager at The Inclusivity Project, said: “The Inclusivity Project set out before and through the pandemic to explore how businesses in Cornwall could make more of the talent that’s available, learning what’s hindering them and how businesses are creatively adapting.
“This was particularly driven by how the Duchy will reflect the UK in the future. Cornwall has a population which is ageing more quickly than the rest of the UK, an employment gap for people aged 50+, disabled people, and people with long-term health conditions, and a skills shortage.
“The aim of the event is to show delegates how the findings of our research can be applied to policy and business on a local and national level, to produce tangible positive change in the workplace.”
The research focused on three key areas of work:
- Bias and inclusive recruitment.
- Hybrid and flexible working.
- Systems thinking: closing the skills gaps.
In addition to presentations on their findings led by the team’s researchers, including Dr Daniel Derbyshire, Dr Shruti Raghuraman and Dr Esmaeil Khedmati-Morasae, there will be two high-profile guests speakers with extraordinary track records in the areas of health and the workplace.
Professor Dame Carol Black is an internationally-recognised government advisor and a leading voice on the connection between health and work, and Dr Christian van Stolk is executive vice president at RAND Europe and sits on several expert panels for the UK government on occupational health, mental health, and employee health and wellbeing in the NHS.
The event will also have an opportunity for networking and discussion over lunch and drinks, followed by an exhibition of The Inclusivity Project’s participatory photo project featuring work by people in Cornwall who balance their work with neurodiversity or managing a health condition.
Making Work Work for Everyone will be held at The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on September 7 and is free to attend. Places can be reserved here.