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  1. 1. Equality Staff Meeting February 16, 2012 Andrea Buening US Constitution: “We hold these truths to be self- evident; that all men are created equal.” Americans believe in having equal rights, equal social obligations, and equal opportunities based on the concept of individual merit
  2. 2. What is Equality? Signifies correspondence between a group of different objects  Different kinds of equality  Formal Equality, Numerical, Proportional, etc.  TILC and Formal Equality  Equal does not mean identical  Two persons with equal status in a relevant respect, must be treated equally  The working definition of Equality depends on the business  Subjective to the business’s goals  may not fully conform with established or “authoritative” definitions  The law protects people in the workplace  The concept embraces diversity
  3. 3. Equality is the Current term for ‘Equal Opportunities’  Based on legal obligation - complying with anti-discriminatory legislation  Protects people from discrimination on which group they belong to.  Sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, or age, etc.
  4. 4. Equality in Businesses Works to:  break down barriers, eliminate discrimination and ensure equal opportunity  Provide access for all groups both in employment, and to goods and services Why is Equality important in a business environment?  Equality protects people in the workplace but also embraces diversity.  Embracing equality and diversity brings to an organization a wide range of experience, ideas and creativity whilst giving the individual employee a feeling of being enabled to work to their full potential.
  5. 5. Diversity and how it relates to Equality  Equality and Diversity are not inter-changeable but inter-dependent. There can be no equality of opportunity if difference is not valued and harnessed and taken account of.  Diversity is respecting individual differences which can be numerous Race Politics Religion Culture Ethnicity National origin Disability Region Socio-economic differences Gender Family structure Sexual Orientation Health Age Values Marital Status And more
  6. 6. How Equality Relates to TILC  Equality and diversity drive an organization to comply with anti-discrimination legislation as well as emphasizing the positive benefits of diversity such as drawing on a wider pool of talent, positively motivating all employees and meeting the needs of a wider customer base  TILC has a high percentage of employees who have disabilities, various racial backgrounds, ethnicities, religious preferences, and has consumers with the same varied representation  TILC is providing information and encouragement toward equality and diversity training to better serve the individuals we serve. It is my belief that Equality and Diversity training will become a new employee requirement  Positive action creates Positive Reactions - we have seen this in TILC’s Continuing Improvement Plan  Positive action levels the playing field so that everyone has access to the same opportunities. The qualification floor remains the same  Employee representation, regarding race, age, ethnicity, disability and gender.  Consumer representation would be the same as the employees.  This is a very important part of TILC because simply said, we must treat others as we would want to be treated to assure the best outcome for all concerned..
  7. 7. IDEAS for improving TILC’S Commitment to the concept of Equality  Educate new staff about diversity principles at their initial training  Survey employees needs  Develop a mechanism for staff to report incidences of discrimination  Offer language classes other than English  Encompass Equality and Diversity policy with strategies and action plans that managers, workers and other stakeholders can contribute to and benefit from.  Assign effective employees to act as role models and mentors  Encourage members of any under-represented group to apply for opportunities for work  make it clear that selection will be based on their skills and experience and not just because they are of a certain group.  Review existing policies  o Definitions  o Legislation requirements – state and federal  o Code of conduct  o Disputes and grievances  o Diversity and Equality policy
  8. 8. Suggestions for continually including the concept of Equality in TILC’s daily operations  Behavior at work - We all act in a particular way. Our actions could be regarded as a reflection of our personalities an it's our personalities that give us the skills and aptitude we need to perform successfully at work, so the purpose of equality and diversity training isn't to stifle this but to make sure that appropriate behavior is maintained at all times.  Corporate Social Responsibility - It's not just the responsibility of the individual to be aware of issues surrounding equality and diversity. Corporations must ensure that their employees are given the necessary tools to perform effectively. Information received through equality and diversity training is just as important as a office equipment in performing tasks.  Cultural Awareness - Being sensitive to issues concerning age, race and gender I more important than ever. In an increasingly diverse market place where it is as easy to do business with someone on the other side of the world as it is to do business with someone next door it is vital that employees and employers are aware of cultural issues outside their immediate vicinity.
  9. 9. Why is this concept important to me as a person?  I am a woman  I have two disabilities  I have opinions  I have beliefs  I have values  I want to be considered valid  I want to be viewed as a productive team player  I want to continue to challenge myself  I want to be respected  I want EQUAL OPPORTUNTIES
  10. 10. Why is this concept important to TILC  Diverse work groups are more creative  Diverse work groups make better decisions  Diverse work groups are better at identifying new markets  Diverse work groups enjoy greater customer confidence  Diverse work groups have less discrimination claims and lower employment-related costs EQUALITY and DIVERSITY improves moral, and productivity.
  11. 11. Why is this concept important to me as an employee of TILC  Personal Pride and Validity  Increased staff and employee confidence  Better productivity, creativity and motivation  Better management skills  Improved interaction between those of different cultures and backgrounds  Boost in company reputation
  12. 12. Resources  in/Doing%20Business%20in%20the%20USA.pdf  equality-and-diversity-training-in-modern-business.htm  xzz1j05ixH16  %20Equality%20Management%20Plan.pdf  Definitions of equality and diversity terms  Equality and Diversity Team 2006