“Inclusive cultures need to be created and nurtured. They don’t just happen,” she explains, adding that people need to see inclusive cultures as being about profits, not tick-box exercises.
Let’s not frame these as “women’s issues”, pleads Roxanne Hobbs, founder of the Hobbs Consultancy. “I spend a lot of my time urging leaders to get behind the business case for a more inclusive working environment for everyone. Inclusivity shouldn’t be about cherry-picking one group for success – it’s about removing the barriers to success for everyone.”
“I believe there is a need to ensure individuals fully understand why their teams perform better if they reflect their customers, which means giving team leaders evidenced-based research and spending time and money training them.”