An Employment Equality Policy is a Statement of Commitment identifying actions to be taken to prevent Discrimination and Promote Equality. An Employment Equality Policy is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. It provides for a workplace culture of equality. It requires that changes in practices and procedures be implemented if the potential of a policy is to be realised.
Preparing an equality policy makes good sense nowadays. The reasons for this are:
- An employment Equality Policy can assist with compliance with legislation by providing a basis for implementing practices and procedures that will eliminate discrimination in the workplace.
- It is good business to promote Equal Opportunities in the workplace. This allows access to a wider pool of labour and expertise as it sends out a sign that the Organisation is open to Diversity.
- Employment Equality Policies can generate positive responses from clients, suppliers and sub-contractors.
- A more relaxed and positive workplace atmosphere and higher morale can follow from adjustments made to take account of individual differences.
- Equality in the workplace contributes to a more equal, fairer and cohesive society.
Research has revealed that other outcomes from Equality Policies include:
- Reducing misunderstanding and confusion about the organisations policy and procedure.
- Reduces the likelihood of Employer Liability.
- Provides a more Harmonious Work Environment with greater productivity.
- Increased retention of existing employees.
A Sample Equality Policy Statement is contained in the Employee Handbook Template located in the Templates section of this website.