Linking hands to show diversity and inclusion

Embracing diversity:  recruiting and managing a diverse workforce.

As HR professionals, we all work hard to cultivate an inclusive and supportive work environment. However, recruiting and managing a diverse workforce comes with its own set of challenges, particularly when addressing the needs of employees with ADHD, those experiencing menopause, and those facing mental health issues.

To look at these three complex areas, our team at The Surrey & Sussex HR Forum are excited to announce our upcoming event on Thursday June 20th in Guildford, featuring speakers who are experts in their fields:

Mark Cann, Founder of HYYPA

Sharon Vibert, Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace

Jennifer Clay, Deputy CEO of Oakleaf Enterprise

This seminar promises to offer valuable insights and practical advice, which will equip you with tools to foster an equitable and inclusive workplace.  If you would like to join us, please find out more here)

The hidden challenges

ADHD in the workplace

Did you know that 69% of workers with ADHD do not receive any reasonable workplace adjustments due to a lack of self-disclosure? (Augmentive, 2023).

Additionally, ADHD is estimated to affect about 4.4% of adults in the UK, many of whom are undiagnosed (ADHD Foundation, 2023).

Mark Cann, HYPPA

Mark Cann, Founder of HYYPA, will look at the intricacies of ADHD in the workplace. He will discuss how understanding ADHD can transform hiring practices and management approaches.

According to Mark, “Hiring for neurodiversity not only promotes inclusivity but also brings untapped potential into the workforce.” His session will cover effective strategies for recruiting and supporting neurodiverse employees to ensure they feel valued and understood.

We all need to recognise the unique strengths and perspectives that employees with ADHD can bring to a business, if the right support is given for them to thrive.

Menopause in the workplace

One in four women consider leaving their jobs due to menopausal symptoms, with an estimated one million already having left (Henpicked, 2023).

Furthermore, about 900,000 women in the UK have left their jobs because of menopausal symptoms (Fawcett Society, 2023). This alarming statistic underscores the urgent need for better support systems for women going through menopause.

Sharon Vibert, Henpicked

Sharon Vibert, Director of Henpicked: Menopause in the Workplace, will share her expertise and personal experiences in fostering menopause-friendly workplaces.

Sharon emphasises that “talking about menopause openly promotes a culture of inclusion and support.”

Her session will cover essential topics such as creating a culture of openness, providing occupational health support, and ensuring comfortable work environments through thoughtful uniform and dress code policies.

Mental health in the workplace

Poor mental health is costing UK employers up to £56 billion annually (Deloitte, 2022). In addition, around 15% of employees in the UK are experiencing mental health problems at work (Mental Health Foundation, 2023). This staggering figure highlights the critical importance of addressing mental health in the workplace.

Jennifer Clay, Oakleaf Enterprise

Jennifer Clay, Deputy CEO of Oakleaf Enterprise, will look at the vital role of supporting mental health and well-being at work.

Jennifer notes that “the role of line management in supporting mental health and well-being cannot be overstated.”

Her session will focus on the challenges and opportunities in workplace well-being, the impact on talent retention, and how fostering a mentally healthy work environment can enhance team performance.

Why this event matters

Attending this event is not just about gaining knowledge; it’s about implementing actionable steps to create a more inclusive and supportive workplace.

As HR professionals, you are at the forefront of fostering diversity and inclusion, and this event will equip you with the tools and insights needed to address some of the most pressing issues in today’s workforce.

Key takeaways

  • Implementing inclusive policies: Learn how to develop and implement policies that support employees with ADHD, those experiencing menopause, and individuals facing mental health challenges.
  • Creating a supportive culture: Discover strategies to foster a workplace culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, encouraging open conversations and reducing stigma.
  • Enhancing employee well-being: Gain insights into providing the necessary resources and support systems to ensure the well-being of all employees, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction.

Join us

We invite you to join us for this important event, where Sharon Vibert, Mark Cann, and Jennifer Clay will share their expertise and practical advice. This is an opportunity to learn from leading voices in the field and to network with other HR professionals who are committed to making a positive impact in their workplaces.

Practical sessions

  • Sharon Vibert: Supporting menopause at work

Promoting open conversations about menopause

Assessing organisational support and creating a culture of openness

Providing occupational health support and ensuring comfortable work environments

  • Mark Cann: Understanding ADHD in the workplace

Effective hiring practices for a neurodiverse workforce

Managing and supporting employees with ADHD

Recognising the benefits of a neurodiverse workforce

  • Jennifer Clay: Enhancing mental health in the workplace

The critical role of line management in supporting mental health

Addressing challenges and seizing opportunities in workplace well-being

Improving talent retention and team performance through mental health initiatives

Secure your space…

Don’t miss out on this chance to enhance your skills and knowledge.

Secure your spot at the event and take the first step towards creating a more inclusive and supportive workplace.

Together, we can create a work environment where every employee has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of the challenges they may face.

Let’s make a difference in the world of HR and beyond.