Employers in Scotland need to challenge their own prejudices and bias when recruiting new staff, according to an award-winning champion of diversity and inclusion in the work place. Sandy Begbie, Chief People Officer from Standard Life says that despite having laws preventing discrimination, there is a “halo effect” which too often sees people recruiting in their own likeness. “People tend to have prejudices, and set views. A lot of recruitment practices have become very rigid over the years.”
Mr Begbie won the Inspiring Role Model Award for his commitment to removing barriers to employment and discrimination in the workplace, at the the inaugural Diversity Awards in Glasgow last year. In an interview to publicise Scotland’s first ever National Diversity Conference in May, he said people were very familiar with the ongoing debate on diversity and issues of gender, ethnicity, religion sexual orientation, and social/economic and educational background.
He said a lot of people used ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ as a strapline,’ “but putting it in to practice does means you have to think to think about your own policies and practices. You have to ask do they lend themselves to being inclusive? We have laws on discrimination, but your policies and practices may have within them unconscious bias, although not illegal or intended, but may drive out a particular set of outcomes.”
To help achieve Scotland’s ambitions for inclusive economic growth, The Herald and GenAnalytics are holding Scotland’s first National Diversity Conference to engage, inspire and showcase organisations, companies, workplaces and individuals who are leading the way to promote diversity and equality. The Diversity Conference for Scotland in association with Standard Life takes place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.
Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals will be speaking at the event.
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