During a time of uncertainty, it’s imperative to make the very best use of all of the talent your organisation has available to it.
Our WISE team is here and ready to help you do it.
We recognise it’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment and we appreciate diversity may not be top of everyone’s agenda all the time, however, now is a critical time for ensuring diversity remains on the agenda.
Your efforts as Diversity and Inclusion specialists and WISE advocates are critical at this time to ensuring that these temporary changes in working conditions can be converted into positive long-term action. More than ever, it’s important to show that working from home does not mean a loss of control or a reduction in efficiency but does offer an alternative way of achieving your workload whilst maintaining a good work-life balance.
We want to reassure you that there is still so much that can be done online and as such, we will be sending you regular communications over the next few months with ideas and support for what you can do to drive cultural changes and continue to drive your diversity actions forward!
To help you, we have made available resources that will guide you as your organisation adapts to the ways in which work must be done for the foreseeable future.
Split into topics, every section includes the business case for adapting, a case study from an organisation already seeing results, and a checklist for you to consider. We will continue to update the portal with resources and additional topics, so please do check back regularly – and please do suggest any topics you would like us to cover.
WISE COVID-19 REPORT
Its impact on gender balance in STEM and how we can help ensure that gender balance stays on the agenda
Inclusive, gender balanced teams should not be something companies view as a “luxury we cannot afford” during times of crisis, but as the very thing that can both strengthen and move us forward in our post-lockdown world. In this report, we identify some of the COVID-linked barriers that are preventing women from reaching their full potential in STEM. Drawing on recent research into the gendered effects of the COVID pandemic, we suggest resources and the ways in which WISE can help address some of these challenges
New Members Area
Access to all your digital WISE member benefits!
We are delighted to announce the launch of a new members’ area on the website, giving registered users (who work for WISE member companies) much easier to access to the latest WISE news, member-only events (in-person and digital), past WISE webinars, KSE's & Case Studies, and the many other benefits you get for being a WISE member.
If you haven't already, register now (using your work email) for instant access to your exclusive WISE member area and online benefits.
Users already registered should see the new floating menu that appears on all pages once you log in to the site. Click it and explore!
Help With Home and Flexible Working
For many organisations, shifting from staff being office-based from 9-5 to being home-based and working flexible hours will be challenging. However, the benefits of home and flexible working are many and proven, from higher productivity to more motivated employees. Check out this section for resources which will help you to manage every aspect of this transition effectively, from using tech to its full potential to ensuring everyone remains engaged with your organisation.
Keeping the Focus on Gender Balance
Some organisations may be tempted to reduce or abandon their commitment to gender balance when times are tough. In fact, now more than ever it is crucial to keep the focus – and to ensure your workforce knows that, even though the way you work has changed, your commitment to recruiting, retaining and retraining women is stronger than ever. Check out this section to find out how you can ensure your organisation continues to advance towards gender balance during this time.