‘Are we really inclusive? Does the Equality Act hinder or promote diversity and inclusion? Migrant workers' perspective'. This PhD research aims to investigate empirically how and if, migrant workers adapt to expectations of integration, for attitudes to diversity and inclusion in the UK.
The UK Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2019-2023 aims are clearly defined, that every employee should bring their true self to work. The Equality Act provides governance and a legal framework of that expectation, however it does not make any explicit allowances for integration. If a migrant worker joins the workforce with different attitudes to those that are expected in the workplace in the UK, they cannot bring their true self to work, without being subject to reprisal by a company's policies with the Equality Act being the statutory element.
This research aims to investigate the lived experiences of migrant workers in the UK.
I started my career in Airline customer service environments, as I speak German, Greek with further knowledge of Italian. I attended Kingston University to retrain in Human Resources and I have been working in HR for British Airways and the British Heart Foundation for over 15 years. Although I have worked primarily as an Employee Relations specialist, in latter years, I worked as the Head of Diversity and Inclusion, where I have had the opportunity to learn and develop a passion for diversity and in particular, to create an inclusive workforce.
During my career in HR, I have experienced many instances where the diversity needs of a worker have not been considered, which has led to employees being hurt, upset, not being able to work together and in some instances dismissals. My aim is to investigate some of the reasons and contribute to knowledge, in that field.