Leadership Academy

E – Equity – Recover our wellbeing

Improving equity, diversity and inclusion is good for everyone; and it isn’t just because it’s the right thing to do. This video will tell you why…

RECOVER YOUR WELLBEING outlines 7 conversations you can have with your teams. Each topic is evidence-based and can be applied right away to improve the wellbeing in your team.

This video has been shared with the NHS Leadership Academy with the kind permission of A Kind Life whose mission is to spread kindness in healthcare. These short videos give you a taster of A Kind Life’s approach to creating kinder cultures.

Transcript

Recover outlines seven conversations you can have with your teams. Each topic is evidence based, so simply having these discussions will improve the well-being of the team. The E in Recover is for equity, or rather tackling inequity, because we’re still far from achieving that for so many groups. Why equity? Well, firstly, because it’s just the right thing to do to give everyone equal opportunities to thrive, to succeed. Yet still, they don’t. Take the NHS for example, even today, a white person is more likely to be hired after being shortlisted for a role than someone from a black, Asian or minority ethnic background, who we know is just as skilled and capable because they’ve also been shortlisted for the role. Secondly, because it’s better for the organisation. Evidence shows that diverse teams always produce better results. They’re more innovative because they can bring in more diverse perspectives. And one study showed they make better decisions because diverse teams consider and process facts more carefully. And thirdly, if you do things to improve equity for others, it will improve your own well-being. As studies show that someone with high inclusiveness activity, is four times more likely to have good wellbeing than someone who doesn’t support equality and diversity. Across all measures of wellbeing, including health, happiness and relationships. Improving equity, diversity and inclusion is good for everyone. And when you start to talk about what you can do to help, you might want to consider some of these things. Educate yourself and your team about the existence of inequity, what it looks like for different people. Read studies. Look at the data. Listen to other people’s experiences. Make an effort to get to know people from different backgrounds to your own. Practise active and empathetic listening. Hear what people tell you and accept it is their experience. You may be surprised by what you hear. Support people to have their voices heard. Ask how you can best be an ally, and speak up about discriminatory behaviour whenever you see it. Actually, when someone displays biased or intolerant behaviour, studies show that impacts negatively on their own well-being. So by speaking up for equality, you’re supporting everyone because none of us can truly thrive until all of us thrive.

Having now watched the video, please take a moment to reflect on the following questions:

Q: What key piece of learning will you take from this video?

Q: How will you put your learning back into your professional practice?

Q: How did this video make you feel? 

Please feel free to share your reflections in the comments section below.

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