HR Directors Forum 2017 - Tuesday 21 November 2017

Please join us for our next breakfast roundtable for HR Directors and Heads of HR which will explore the very topical subject of dealing with racial and religious conflict in the work place.

 At a time when racial and religious divisions and tensions seem more prevalent in society generally, and hate crime is being recorded at an all-time high, workers are increasingly bringing theology and identity into the office, factory and shop floor. As a result racial and religious conflict in the UK workplace is up and we have certainly seen an increase in incidents where 'water cooler' discussions about Brexit and terrorism in particular have escalated into complaints about bullying, harassment and discrimination, if not managed properly. The Employment Tribunal has also seen an increase in race/religion/belief discrimination claims in 2016/17, after several years of decline. A lack of education about different religions and cultures is often to blame, both among staff and management, and this can end up with the organisation tying itself up in knots. 

 We will be discussing:

  • Improving your racial and religious awareness and dispelling myths and stereotypes
  • Identifying and understanding key sources of conflict and how to deal with them
  • Being tolerant vs being inclusive. What kind of workplace are you?
  • How organisations can make themselves a comfortable place for all races and religions and more resilient to conflict and litigation  

 We are delighted to be joined by John Keast OBE  who will lead our discussion.

 John was a teacher and examiner of Religious Studies, a Local Authority Adviser and Ofsted Inspector, Principal Manager for RE, PSHE and Citizenship qualifications and curriculums and most recently RE adviser to the Department of  Education. He was also consultant to the Council of Europe, and edited Religious Dimension of Intercultural Education: a Handbook for Schools in 2008. He worked for the Anna Lindh Foundation, and edited How to cope with diversity at school: teaching and learning about religious diversity in 2009. He is a visiting lecturer in RE and has led training courses throughout the UK and many European/Near Eastern cities. He was awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to education. John has recently been chair of the RE Council of England and Wales, during which time he was a trustee of the Inter Faith Network. John remains a trustee of the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust. John will bring his many years of experience and expertise leading inter-faith education and dialogue within education into a work-place setting.  

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21 November 2017

8:00 - 10:00

Howard Kennedy, No.1 London Bridge