An open access online toolkit has been created to enable Jersey businesses to improve their workforce culture by providing the information they need to meet and exceed the legal requirements surrounding diversity and inclusion.
The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit, which has been created by The Jersey Employer Group (JEG), includes:
a roadmap to diversity and inclusion for businesses
guidance for employees, managers, mentors and boards
a checklist on where businesses should start
a recruitment best practice guide
information on how to promote diversity and inclusion
The Co-Chair of JEG, David Bailey, said: "Employee diversity and inclusion is associated with better business results including financial performance and employee retention. We see high levels of engagement but there is often a fear of where to start.
"By creating and curating this toolkit, we hope to give businesses a consistent framework to begin and maintain their diversity and inclusion journeys. The toolkit is already being implemented by a number of leading Jersey businesses.
"A core aim of the JEG is to try and enable a good workforce culture, and our small Island community can make it difficult to recruit a diverse workforce but it is important to ensure diversity in the Island is recognised and included in the way businesses operate."
The Diversity and Inclusion Toolkit supports JEG's objectives of shaping Jersey's workforce by sharing good practice, creating better workforce connections, and developing Jersey-based talent. It can be found on the Government of Jersey website.
The Jersey Employer Group (JEG) is an independent body which brings together representatives from all industries to help ensure that the Island's workforce is prepared for the jobs of the future. It was set up in late 2019 as a forum where the delivery of a positive workplace culture across Jersey's public service could become collaborative with other Island employers.