Each workshop was to focus on a different area including gender, age, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and disability. It was agreed that the first workshop would discuss and investigate gender balance. Subsequently we developed a workshop focusing on wider issues around Age and Ethnicity.
In the Research phase we spoke confidentially to a cross section of Digital staff based across all its locations. The research uncovered some contentious areas that both Steps and Digital tackled head on whilst building the workshop. Prior to attending, each person was asked to undertake the Harvard Unconscious Bias Test just to gain an understanding on where their own beliefs may lie.
A short introductory video was developed highlighting some verbatim comments, and interactive fictional drama accurately reflected some of the current issues within Digital.
Feedback from the session reflected its success, with over 97% of people rating the workshop as ‘excellent’ or ‘really good’. We created an atmosphere of challenge and respect, where all opinions and views were welcomed.
A key message of the workshop was that we are all responsible for making change happen as well as creating an inclusive culture. Participants gained an increase awareness of Unconscious Bias and its effects, with many promising personal actions to take forward: