Hello and welcome to the Making the World Fairer podcast from Pearn Kandola. This is where our business psychologists explore Diversity & Inclusion at work, in order to truly move the dial on inclusion on inclusion and make meaningful change.
How Personal Power and Self-Affirmation can Buffer the Effects of Discrimination
You may have heard of ‘power posing’. You may have even tried the superwoman/man pose yourself before a big event. Join us for a deeper exploration of what we mean by ‘personal power’, where we explore how feeling powerful energises our thoughts and behaviour. Who has the power in most workplaces? Should these benefits be limited to those with structural or social power in the workplace? In this episode, Jonathan Taylor shares the implications from the latest academic research, how this can support Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) colleagues experiencing discrimination and exclusion, and how we can use this as part of a more holistic approach to Diversity and Inclusion.
Race, Wellbeing, and Performance – The Missing Link
We know that discrimination affects wellbeing and we know poor wellbeing can affect performance, but we often miss the link between these two. This coincides with a worrying increase in recent research that has found some real performance difference between various demographic groups at work. Are the two really disconnected? In this episode, Elizabeth Yardley explores the differential social experience of individuals from under-represented groups at work and how this social experience and its impact on wellbeing might be affecting performance without us realising.
Why our social environment at work matters
To what extent do you feel a sense of ‘belonging’ at work? And where do these feelings come from? Our social experience at work has the potential to provide a psychological boost – energising our efforts, our self-belief and ability to perform at our best. But for many underrepresented colleagues, it can also feel isolating, eroding self-esteem and constraining potential. In this session, Jonathan Taylor explores the importance of social connection, belonging and shared identity at work, looking at how we can create a social environment that supports the health and performance of everyone, not just the few.
How a mindfulness practice can tackle unconscious bias
Mindfulness is about taking an active interest in ourselves and in each moment. When we are curious about things, we notice more. Mindfulness training can have positive effects on decision-making and our ability to recognise ethical challenges. It can also bring a greater awareness of bias, thus helping us to reduce it. Research tells us too that mindfulness can support the wellbeing of those experiencing bias and discrimination. There are several ways in which this can be done – Tracey Moggeridge looks at some of these ways in this podcast.
Free to soar: Race & wellbeing in organisations
In this insightful first episode of the series, taken from a webinar we presented in August 2020, Professor Binna Kandola OBE addresses the impact on minorities’ wellbeing both of being on the receiving end of racist behaviour but also of having no voice to share and express their experiences. He looks at the impact this has on minorities’ self-confidence and self-esteem as well as considering issues such as imposter syndrome. He also offers practical actions that we can all take to counter these. ** there are some sensitive subjects discussed in this episode so please be cautious as they may be upsetting for some listeners.
Racism & wellbeing: The link and what organisations can do
This fifth and final episode in the Racism at Work series is the audio from a webinar presented by Jonathan Taylor in June 2020. Drawing on our work in this area, and the latest psychological research, Jonathan discusses how day-to-day inequities can impact on health, and shares four areas of focus that every organisation should be considering as part of their approaches to inclusion and wellbeing.
This is highly recommended for anyone working in the area of wellbeing and/or D&I.