Five hopeful predictions on the future of workplace inclusion

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At the start of 2018, here are some thoughts about what’s new in the world of workplace inclusion – and what’s coming up.

1.    MEND THE GAP – Following gender pay gap revelations this year, businesses will invest in proactive measures to address these kind of equality discrepancies. Success will depend on combining practical actions like HR policies, with empathy-building activitiesthat engage employees in the benefits of supporting an inclusive culture today. The social narrative around exclusive workplaces will move from “How can this be happening!?” to the pragmatic “Look, we’re fixing it”, to the competitive “Ha! We’ve got the lowest pay gap in our industry!”

2.    INCLUSION AS PR – When businesses realise the benefits that a socially representative workplace brings to their external brand – not to mention wellbeing, employee motivation, attraction and retention of future-focused talent and innovation power, they will be shouting about their inclusive culture from the rooftops. A business culture that is lead by fostering diversity, of all kinds, will be no more the worthy nice-to-have, but the relevant need-to-have. A word of warning though – in these transparent times an inclusive workplace is impossible to fake, so work will need to be done to engage entire workforces on their individual roles in ensuring an inclusive culture. Because in 2018, the time for lip service to diversity is up, it’s everyone’s responsibility and there is no room for ‘spinclusion’.

3.    THE PENNY WILL DROP – The days of needing proof that an inclusive, socially connected workplace is worth the investment will seem as outdated questioning the business value of the internet. There will be an understanding that for every £ invested in engaging employees in workplace diversity and inclusion, business will automatically invest a £ in brand, a £ in wellbeing, a £ in recruitment and ultimately a £ to stay relevant. The ROI is a prosperous place in the future.

4.    EMPATHY IS THE NEW IQ – The high praise ‘S/he’s super intelligent’ will be superseded by ‘S/he’s connected to what’s really going on’ USP will stand for Unique Social Perspective. Forward looking businesses will seek people who can bring different outlooks, communities and experiences to the table. Putting yourself in the shoes of employees, customers, people on the other side of the world will be the highest-valued commodity in leaders.

5.    AUTHENTICITY OVER AVERAGES – No more authenticity tax. Human diversity will be celebrated, not categorised or limited. Describing human diversity in businesses will move away from purely ensuring valuable variety in our physical characteristics, to how people with their infinitely varied experiences of life can solve challenges together. Being yourself, talking about your honest social outlooks and respecting the same of others is after all, the ultimate human technology.

Altogether Different specialises in building engagement in workplace diversity and inclusion amongst employees – bringing about tangible, practical action – and a passport to the future. Get in touch today

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Get out of the corporate classroom and into a brand new, innovative space. MARKET FRESH is a full-day workshop experience bringing Diversity and Inclusion issues to life, with impact and action. Where better to learn about how workplaces can adapt to the ever changing global marketplace than in an actual marketplace?


This is a completely new way of engaging with workplace inclusion. At just £375 for a full day of creative experiences and idea-fuelling activities, this workshop is for anyone interested in impactful action to make workplaces more inclusive. Tangible benefits to you are double:

1. Come away with unique practical outcomes to make your workplace more inclusive, actionable immediately.

2. Pick up new tools and ground-breaking techniques to build empathy, to inspire the rest of your team to embrace inclusion.

Inspiration AND action. Plus an opportunity to meet peers with similar challenges, exchange ideas and learn from our on-hand practical Diversity and Inclusion specialists.

“There is nothing else like this out there, so innovative and impactful”

Whitney Berry, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ustwo

A truly forward-looking and action-focused approch”

Laura, Leading communications firm

“An excellent way to start progressive and constructive conversations about the benefits of diversity and inclusion”

Penny Thomas, Company Secretary, Shaftesbury PLC



forza winCreative Space

Join us at Forza Win, Peckham, a warehouse-turned banquet hall in the middle of a thriving and diverse London market. Feel the corporate world slip away and the ideas pour in.



Art Inspiration

Diversity issues made instantly impactful through art-led storytelling and discussion. Award-winning short films, character monologues and empathy-building exercises.

Virtual Reality

Pioneering new technology puts you in the shoes of someone thousands of miles away. Feel what it’s like to experience a totally new perspective.

Innovation Tour

Experience first hand the benefits of a diverse mindset in this ground-breaking team innovation challenge. A realtime High St innovation trail, create something different together.





Learn about adapting to a rapidly changing world by increasing your organisation’s breadth of connections and experiences.



Inclusive group exercises to explore the universal phenomenon, how it affects us in today’s working world and how to overcome it.


Using Virtual Reality technology and interactive scenes, immerse yourself in a different perspective.


Video portraits from artist Lea Nagano – exploring attitudes to racial identity and stereotypes



Explore, imagine and innovate in this group challenge highlighting diversity’s role in bringing about fresh business ideas. Get out and about, discover hidden parts of of one of the most diverse parts of one of the most diverse cities on the planet.


Come up with a practical action plan to take back to your team, full of new ideas about how to make changes and inspire others with the powerful message of diversity and inclusion.



Charlotte Butler and Damian Lynch are lively and experienced facilitators specialising in both Employee Engagement and Diversity and Inclusion. Together they’ve helped a vast range of organisations become more inclusive from big banks to tech start-ups and everything in-between.

CBDamian Lynch


What people are saying about the workshops:



“There is nothing else like this out there, so innovative and impactful”

Whitney Berry, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, ustwo


“A truly forward-looking and action-focused approch”

Laura, Leading communications firm


“An excellent way to start progressive and constructive conversations about the benefits of diversity and inclusion”

Penny Thomas, Company Secretary, Shaftesbury PLC



Email for 2018 dates


FORZA WIN, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3SN




Diversity: The Business Case

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Know someone who needs convincing? Here’s a selection of the most recent headlines linking a diverse workforce to a better financial outcome…

Companies with the best racial and ethnic diversity are more 35% likely to outperform their industry competitors.
McKinsey Jan 2015 study

Increased diversity of perspectives on executive boards leads to them outperforming their all-male run peers. In the UK this translates into an opportunity cost of around £48.5bn (in national terms around 3% of GDP.) Grant Thornton, Sept 2015

“When internal diversity and inclusion scores are strong, and employees feel valued, they will serve our customers better, and
we’ll be better off as an organisation.” Brian Moynihan, CEO Bank of America

77% of Millennials reported choosing their employer based on the positive role the company performed in society (i.e. doing the right thing, CSR, social role equal workplace). Deloitte January 2015 study

High gender diversity companies have delivered slightly better returns, with lower volatility, compared with their low diversity or sector peers, and they have moderately outperformed on average in the past five years. Morgan Stanley Study ‘A Framework for Gender Diversity in the Workplace. April 2016