Bhumi sat down to talk to Brian Ballantyne to discuss diversity and inclusion for the total workforce. This includes freelance and contingent staff, not just full-time employees.
Brian is a Diversity & Inclusion Programme Manager at a Tech Company. He has also recently published the book, ‘Confessions of a Working Father.’ We have included a link to buy at the bottom of this article with all proceeds of the book going to the Winston’s Wish charity which supports children who have lost a parent or sibling.
The State of Diversity and Inclusion Today
Companies are at different stages of their D&I journey. As always, there are some companies that are ahead of the game. There is quite a big focus on gender diversity, LGBT and accessibility. Brian believes that diversity for contingent workers is not getting as much attention, but there is a challenge to ensure that they are treated the same way as full-time employees.
The prevailing attitude can be of ‘us vs them’. A lot of this can come down to individual organisations and how well-blended contingent workers are within the team and how holistically they are integrated.
The decline in part-time working
In recent times, companies have come to realise they can replace part-time/reduced hour roles with flexible and remote working. This creates an issue and has forced many people to look at freelance/contractor work in order to fit this around their life commitments.
As the contingent workforce continues to grow, companies should consider them within their total people agenda and not as separate.
Expectation exists that full-time employees will remain in a company for a longer period, but in reality, we are moving away from this model with the workforce becoming increasingly mobile.
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