Recognising and respecting people’s differences. Ensuring that everyone gets equal opportunities without unfair advantages or bias. Making sure everyone feels they belong.
These are basic rules for a decent, healthy society. More specifically, when it comes to healthcare organisations, they are essential to ensure that any practice or surgery is maximising the skills of its staff and optimising patient outcomes.
Why? Here are a just a few reasons why DE&I are more than just three words.
The best staff look for the best practices. Your DE&I initiatives matter to potential recruits. Because candidates want to work in a vibrant, diverse environment where everyone receives equal respect.
You don’t miss great recruits by only looking at a narrow pool of candidates.
Your practice widens its skill set with a more varied and diverse talent pool with different backgrounds, experiences and expertise.
Your patients see people who look like them in the practice and instantly feel more welcome, secure and ready to talk. Result? Better care and better outcomes.
Your team feels valued, respected and cohesive. And with that positive ethic comes better morale, better retention.
At Vela, we not only practice what we preach – hiring against core values of fairness and equity, being aware of our unconscious biases, and presenting diverse candidate lists – but we encourage our clients and candidates to practice the same values.
If we can help you to build a highly diverse and widely skilled practice team – or if you’d like more information on our DE&! policies and practices – just call or email, and one of our expert consultants will be in touch.