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Why equal opportunities monitoring is crucial

For businesses that want a strong reputation as a desirable employer, being known as a fair and diverse employer and advocating an equal opportunities culture is essential. Monitoring the diversity within your company is crucial to identifying any potential discrimination and workplace inequality and most importantly helps to promote the wellbeing of your most valuable asset – your employees.

Deter unlawful discrimination

Equal opportunities monitoring aims to achieve balance between every employee, from all backgrounds. This includes racial origins, sexual orientations, religious views, age, family situation and even employees on alternative contracts such as part-time. Identifying and addressing any inequality through monitoring and complying with the Equality Act 2010 avoids the risk of damaging and costly tribunals and negative publicity.

Help retain valuable employees

A happy and well-represented workforce means a higher staff retention rate, which in turn increases business productivity and helps to build a reputation as an employer of choice. A diverse workforce has many benefits including aiding the growth of a company through talent attraction from a bigger talent pool. It also gives your company a wider skillset and range of ideas, resources and energies from a variety of demographics.

Build a positive reputation

Being known as an equal opportunities employer highlights that your business is modern, forward thinking and dynamic. Creating a balanced and diverse workforce not only makes you desirable to potential talent, but also to clients and other companies, which will increase business opportunities. Gaining a negative reputation due to workplace discrimination will deter reputable companies from affiliating with your business.

How can we help?

Here at networx we recognise the importance of equal opportunities monitoring and the frustrations associated with this all too often labour-intensive exercise. By making your equal opportunities monitoring form a seamless part of your application process, our recruitment software will significantly reduce the time associated with collating and reporting of Equal Opportunities Monitoring information. Our software can give you the confidence that your organisation complies with data protection and employment legislation and that your policies and procedures are effective in promoting equality and diversity in recruitment.

Our software can be configured to:

• Create your own online equal opportunities monitoring form
• Seamlessly integrate the form within every application form
• Automatically anonymise all information provided
• Deliver real time reports within a matter of minutes without the need for manual collation of statistics.

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