August 2018

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 Do you have privilege?

“Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act” - Albert Einstein

Privilege takes many forms. If you're white, if you're male, if you're able bodied, you embody a type of privilege. The proof is in the stats.

In 2017, a Government report found that the unemployment rate for white jobseekers was nearly half what it was for their BAME counterparts. Simulatenously, one in three bosses are reluctant to hire women in case they start a family. Add to this the fact that over one-third of LGBT employees feel compelled to lie about their personal lives at work whilst 75% of disabled people believe getting into work is more difficult as a result of their impairment, it hardly seems that the UK workplace is super inclusive.

Whilst few are trying to pin responsbility for this inequality on anyone with some form of privilege – in many cases, advantages stem from ingrained societal inequity - it’s high-time action was taken to make the workplace more diverse. In the world of business this is now happening. More concern is given over to how corporations can remedy the lack of diversity, turning this into support for those who may struggle to get into the workplace.

One company keen to tackle the diversity conumdrum, harnessing their impact and size to make a difference, is Virgin Media. They’ve pledged to touch the lives of one million disabled people in the UK, many who struggle to find employment. Whilst the journey hasn’t been easy, they’re sharing how they’re developing their workspaces, educating their people and changing things for the better of the business and the customer.

If you're worried that you don't have the same resources as Virgin, or a plan - don't be. As the media giant's Chief People Office, Catherine Lynch tells us: “Rome wasn't built in a day. We have to understand and tackle the barriers and overcome those, to be an inclusive employer. We are not about targets, we are open to all. But we can’t wait another twenty years for disabled people to feel part of our society.”

So, ask yourself, do I have privilege? And if you know you do, how will you act upon it?

 

Sophie ParrottSignature Sophie
Rianna Fulham - Staff Writer

 

 

 

 

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