homepage Diversity and Inclusion Resources

We are trying to do better about Diversity and Inclusion in Scottish Enterprise. We are gathering guidelines and resources in one place.

This website is only a prototype and a work in progress.

We are testing what type of information would be useful and in what format. With your feedback, we will be able to create a good resource and get it right.

The resulting website might look very different.

There is a lot under the terms ‘Diversity and Inclusion’: Diagram for Designing for diversity: size & shape, age, diets, culture and customs, language & communication abilities, education & training, income & social class, ethnicity, gender & sexuality, disability


The inclusion calendar for 2021

Have a look at the inclusion calendar for 2021 from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development). This will be helpful to create events all year round.


About being an ally

This video is from Netflix as a workplace: “Your colleagues are not just your colleagues. They are also human beings that live in a complex world. Be curious, be empathetic, and be an ally”


Unconscious bias

Cognitive biases are shortcuts the brain takes to make decisions. 95% of cognition is subconscious.

The best way to recognise and overcome bias is to question our assumptions in a systematic way. And get really good at listening, because it’s impossible to listen and react at the same time.

Video from David Dylan Thomas to learn about Cognitive bias


Remote working as an opportunity

Interesting video about remote working and the opportunity for Inclusion

Gemma Mc Call is the host, Rachel Morgan-Trimmer is a Neurodiversity consultant, Leyla Okhai is a cultural awareness specialist and Janice Sutherland is a woman leadership expert.

Some insights from the video - click or tap to see more
  • Neurodiverse people can struggle with tread on social media, especially dyslexic people. Sequence do not always make sense to them
  • Autistic people can struggle online has they have very little to go on to understand others online. They might also struggle to speak when not asked a specific question
  • Asking what could help, can help autistic people to focus on their needs. They don't always realise how they feel and what they need
  • 'User manual for me' can explain what works for someone and what doesn't for them, what might create problems or anxiety (see below)
  • Diversity Training is not everything, we need to look at what it means for our organisation and how to integrate it in everything (34min in the video), so for example for Health and Safety: can everyone access this information? can everyone understand it and does it work for them? May be we don't have wheelchair users or blind employee yet, but if we did? or a visitor? Would it work for them? What support do we have for care giver? For someone transitioning?
  • Have a productive conversation with soemone (without being nosy) to see how you can support them in their role (43min in): what do you need? what do you have right now? is this enough / efficient? what can we do to make your working at home life balance better?
  • Every bias you remove from the work place makes you more productive, the more diverse your workplace, the more innovative you are

‘User manual for me’

It was addressed in the video above. This in an interesting concept. The idea is for an employee to give instructions about how best to interact with them. This can improve the collaboration between employees.

For example:

Two articles about the concept and one blog post from the Digital Team:

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Being one of a kind in the workplace

Watch this video of a talk by Farai Madzima talking about cultural bias in design and how it feels to be 'one of a kind in the workplace.

In this video he explains that culture can influence people along these dimensions:

The culture in which you are educated can show up along these scales between Egalitarian and Hierachical cutlures.

For example:

Here is how some countries fits on the Egalitarian/Hierachical scale for the dimension ‘Leading

slide from the talk showing varous country names along the scale for leading

(More on this in the video above and in a book from Erin Meyer: The culture map)

Video - Purl | Pixar SparkShorts


Further reading and extra resources

Please note:

This is a work in progress and we will be happy to get some feedback (Please contact Tress Carmichael: tress.carmichael@scotent.co.uk).

Thank you!


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Last updated: 11 Aug 2021