Business Update

May 2020 - Responding to COVID-19

We understand that so much has changed for our clients during this global pandemic. Alongside other businesses that have found safe ways to continue working, here at EWG we are 100% tuned into supporting our clients. We have assessed the implications of operating under Covid-19, made the necessary temporary operating adjustments and can continue to support you in your endeavours to keep forward momentum with equality, diversity and inclusion alive.

More than ever employees, as well as business leaders, are looking inwardly to gain direction and support as to how to advise and support colleagues and team members in the challenging conditions we are faced with.

Bridging the gap with e-learning

Encouraging self-development and upskilling of furloughed staff during this period not only maintains engagement but offers an opportunity to refresh on the fundamentals. Our suite of diversity e-learning modules covering equality, diversity and inclusion, an introduction to unconscious bias, culture and conduct and inclusive recruitment and selection, can bridge the gap while face-to-face training is restricted.

ILM 4  course goes online

In response to client requests, we’ve moved our ILM 4 Managing Diversity and Inclusion course to an online format, employing a blended delivery model encompassing e-learning modules, tailored webinar sessions and one to one coaching sessions by video call.

Analysis and diagnostics expertise

Many firms are now looking ahead and preparing for the phased return to work; what are the specifics we need to consider, how can we take advantage of the implementation of revised processes and working space requirements to actively deliver the most inclusive solutions for all groups within our workforce?

To support these business change requirements, we can offer analysis and diagnostic expertise to inform the rationale behind policy redesign, including Equality Impact Assessments specific to Public Sector organisations. All research can be undertaken remotely and report findings delivered virtually, with ongoing support available from our team of diversity audit specialists.

Using the time to design and plan

As we and our clients build contingency plans for the easing of restrictions and a phased return to work over the coming months, we are using this time to plan and design the next phase in diversity and inclusion action plans. Our Diversity Development Standard offers organisations the opportunity to verify that their current practices are fit for purpose in driving process and cultural change. As an externally audited accreditation, the DDS benchmarks best practice in diversity, inclusion and wellbeing, and supports the drive towards continuous improvement through its three award levels (Gold, Silver and Bronze).

So whether your priority is continuing with transformation and change, and delivering virtual training on unconscious bias and inclusive leadership at a distance, or moving through to embedding key messages and awareness while considering the practicalities of a phased return to work, we have been working hard behind the scenes to tailor our delivery methods to incorporate new workplace guidance, ensuring none of your objectives and critical learning outcomes are compromised as a consequence.

Get in touch for help and advice on any aspect of diversity analysis and planning, as well as online delivery