An Elephant in the Room: An Equality and Diversity Training Manual

An Elephant in the Room: An Equality and Diversity Training Manual

By: Blair McPherson (author)Paperback

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Most people are not racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist or prejudiced against faith groups and they don't deliberately make life harder for people with a disability. However, they are bombarded with negative stereotypes and myths in their daily lives. Their own limited opportunity for mixing with people different to them can lead to ignorance, insensitivity and unthinking prejudice. The photocopiable material in this manual can be used with small discussion groups to challenge these negative stereotypes, myths and prejudices by increasing awareness. The discussion-based approach aims to get people in the workplace talking openly about race, gender, disability, faith, age and sexuality. An elephant in the room gives managers, trainers and personnel staff the material to raise the profile of equality and diversity in their organisation. Taken as a whole the manual can help: change the way people think and behave at work; enable managers to be better people managers; enable the organisation to realise the full benefits of a diverse workforce; increase the awareness and sensitivity of staff towards their colleagues and their customers; and create equality and diversity champions. The manual recognises the importance of developing leadership from the top, of creating a safe environment for people to challenge and be challenged, and of creating champions to keep equality and diversity high on the organisation's agenda. The approach taken to equality and diversity training has been found to be very effective in engaging staff at all levels because it allows people to relate to their own experience and to issues they come across in their workplace.

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About Author

Blair McPherson is Director of Community Services at Lancashire County Council. He has worked as a senior manager in social services and in a large Housing Association, and is currently working with three Primary Care Trusts. His passion for equality and diversity arose out of his experience in working in inner city Birmingham and is reflected in over 40 articles published in professional journals.


Establishing equality in the workplace.; Equality and diversity as it applies to service delivery.; Creating the opportunities for staff to challenge and be challenged.; Frequently asked questions.; Equality and diversity training course for managers.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/06/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781905541164
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 96
  • ID: 9781905541164
  • weight: 259
  • ISBN10: 1905541163

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