Below are some suggestions you can implement within your business to ensure your recruitment practices are fair and open:
ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) guide on recruiting staff
An Equality and Inclusion Policy demonstrates your organisations commitment to equal opportunities, abide by equality legislation and promote equality in the workplace. Click here for a template equality policy.
Below re ome suggestions you can implement within your buisness to support the development and improve engagement with staff:
Organisations can adopt flexible working arrangements and adaptive working practices that provide opportunities for all to perform at their highest levels.
Timewise - The Timewise Foundation is a Community Interest Company which achieves practical outcomes for people seeking flexible work, by running three core businesses Timewise Jobs, Timewise, Women Like Us. They also run the national campaign Hire Me My Way, which aims to create bigger and better jobs for quality part-time and flexible roles.
The London Healthy Workplace Charter (LHWC) is a joint initiative from Public Health England and the Greater London Authority. The Charter covers a range of standards at three levels – Commitment, Achievement and Excellence under the topics:
Assessment at Commitment level can be completed on line. Your first application must be for either Commitment or Achievement. Organisations will receive a report highlighting the actions required to proceed to the next level. For applications at Achievement and Excellence, the organisation will attend a verification day at City Hall, where their evidence will be reviewed by volunteer experts in workplace wellbeing drawn from a range of organisations, including local authorities and NHS partnerships.
Your borough workplace lead will guide you through your application, highlight any gaps in your evidence and sign off your application when it is ready to be submitted for verification. Applications for the charter are currently free of charge.
The United Kingdom Investor in Equality and Diversity (UKIED) Charter Mark is the leading fully integrated equality, diversity and safeguarding national organisation charter mark designed to meet the needs of all organisations (ranging from large multi-national companies and large public sector organisations, charities and third sector organisations through to SMEs).
Royal Chartered Institute Surveyors (RCIS) - Inclusive Employer Quality Mark - Scheme designed to help firms gain a competitive advantage and a diverse workforce. Employers pledge their commitment to adopting and continually improving against six principles
Disability Confident - The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index - The WEI is a powerful evidence-based benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.
Investors in People - internationally recognised accreditation. The Standard defines what it takes to lead, support and manage people well for sustainable results. Successful accreditation against the Investors in People Standard is the sign of a great employer, an outperforming place to work and a clear commitment to sustainability.
Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) - employer network covering all aspects of equality and inclusion in the workplace
The Workplace Wellbeing Charter - The Workplace Wellbeing Charter is an opportunity for employers to demonstrate their commitment to the health and well-being of their workforce. The Charter provides employers with an easy and clear guide on how to make workplaces a supportive and productive environment in which employees can flourish.
The checklist below should help you to draft an effective environmental policy. Choose examples of the statements that apply to your business and make them as specific as possible for your operations:
Checklist created by NIBUSINESSINFO.CO.UK For further guidance on Efficiency and Enviroment click here.