‘What Meritocracy and Diversity Have in Common’ Part of the Relationship with Feminism and Business Series: The Inclusion Clause of Our Company Policy

Meritocracy-the belief that hard work will be rewarded. However, this school of thought is a lie! In the UK over 60% of the population is female yet a 2016 article shows that just a 6th of female executives hold senior executive roles which is why I’m keen to show that you can have it all ( a family, a good marriage and a good social life) and still be at the top. But why is it that so many women don’t make it to the top? One reason given was that there was a sincere lack of opportunities for promotion and respect but why should this be such a problem in the 21st century? This series aims to explore these issues among others.

But firstly, how do we define diversity? Quite simply, Diversity is defined as ‘valuing everyone in the organisation as an individual… [and going] beyond legal compliance…seeks to add value to an organisation, contributing to employee well-being and engagement’ (CIPD, 2017) So with this, the following blogs will look at a range of issues in order to cover the diversity requirements set out by UK law.

 

Happy Beatiful day everyone,

Kate Smiles,

Caretaker CEO Zest and Fresh

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