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Being aware of diversity is not only necessary during work hours but also during those company events. The Christmas Night out is in the diary and who is not looking forward to some quality time with colleagues, delicious food and some fun. People are more relaxed, wine is perhaps flowing and before you know it barriers can be crossed. It is important as an employer to be vigilant in these social situations. Over fuelled emotions can lead to situations whereby employees can be attacked verbally or physically for being different.

Whilst the Royal Mail case did not happen during a Christmas night out the lessons gleaned from this could illustrate the behaviours that could lead to a discrimination case.Abdul Musa an employee of Royal Mail reported racist behaviour incidents to his manager. Following this one member of staff was sacked and a number of others were disciplined. However, following this episode Mr Musa was victimised from colleagues and little support was given by management to eradicate this behaviour. Ultimately Mr Musa was ‘let go’. Mr Musa then claimed for race discrimination and unfair dismissal. The result of this was that Musa won the employment tribunal and it is believed won £100,000 in compensation.

Whilst we all may be aware of what diversity means, by doing nothing we are showing our acceptance of the behaviours exhibited. On closer inspection it was felt that facts that later came out had not been reported during Mr Musa’s employment.

Diversity is having a representation of the wider society within and throughout your organization. Not only is it important to make sure to have a representation of the wider society but to also create a safe and inclusive environment where employees can feel valued.

It could be that you now come to the conclusion that diversity at your organization might be an overlooked concept, or might just need new input and energy. Make this one of your New Year resolutions for 2015! Need more information or a free consultation contact Donna Bryson on 0141-582 -1474 or email her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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