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Real Estate Balance Toolkit Spotlight: Leading Change

12.2.2021

Leading change

The first steps towards improved diversity and inclusion is recognising the moral and business case for inclusive environments, the next step is implementing change. In this month's Toolkit spotlight, NextGen Committee member, Andrew Bird, Assistant Surveyor with Avison Young, focuses on leading change.

The Real Estate Balance Toolkit's objective is to assist UK real estate organisations with improving gender diversity within the workplace, regardless of what stage organisations are at. It provides a wide range of resources, such as the good practice D&I Framework which offers a roadmap for businesses, helping appointment of priorities and put actions in place.

The first steps towards improved diversity and inclusion is recognising the moral and business case for inclusive environments, the next step is implementing change. D&I within the workplace has grown exponentially over the last few decades, there is an abundance of research and guidance from a plethora of industries, but where do you start and what works?

Real Estate Balance provides 7 key points in implementing change through leadership:

  • Be a role model, showcase the standard you require. Show it with actions, not just words, such as ensuring panel talks are gender diverse, attend and actively participate in D&I events.
  • Ensure that senior leadership teams are reflecting the standard set, that they are proactively driving for change.
  • Provide support to ensure line managers are consistently equipped with the training and resource to facilitate change.
    Establish training programs, along with coaching and mentoring groups to help nurture talent.
  • Fair representation for women across the board, such as projects and assignments.
  • Set up diversity targets for promotion and recruitment.
  • Evaluate jobs design, jobs description and recruitment briefs.
  • Finally, monitoring measuring and publishing data, the targets, and milestones.

Every organisation must start somewhere, and real change won’t happen overnight. Persevere, be consistent and be accountable. Be the key driver for long term change.

Andrew Bird
Assistant Surveyor, Avison Young & NextGen Committee Member