Helen Tucker, Human Resources Director at Procter & Gamble (P&G), discusses the importance of staff training to create an inclusive environment and develop future leaders…
We think that diversity delivers better business results, which is why we take gender and diversity training very seriously. It has now become compulsory for all management courses to include diversity training.
All managers are expected to develop a culture that fosters inclusion within their teams. Last year we introduced the Intentionally Inclusive Leadership Course for senior leaders that builds the competencies and behaviours necessary for successful inclusive leadership. Through the course, senior leaders are enabled to make truly unbiased judgments and decisions about team member’s potential and performance.
We also run a series of diversity courses that builds both the capability of both managers and employees in various areas of diversity and inclusion, under our ‘@work’ branding which has been intentionally designed to draw focus and attention to these topics. Some examples include ‘Cultures@Work’, ‘People with Disabilities@work’, ‘GABLE@work’ (covering LGBT), ‘Flex@work’ (covering flexible work arrangements), and ‘Gender@work’.
Why is it so important to offer training for staff in all areas?
Our people are the source of our competitive advantage, and our success depends on the strength of our talent pipeline. We recruit those who we see as leaders of the future and developing our people is hugely important. We apply the same rigour we use to develop innovation within our brands, and apply it to how we develop people and this happens at every level; from our apprenticeships through to our senior leaders.
P&G employees talking about how diversity and inclusion has helped develop and progress their careers can be seen below.