Inclusive Workforce Board Game

This contractor has implemented an inclusion workshop featuring the interactive board game ‘Equally Yours’ on their projects. The game required participation from 24 volunteers which were split into two groups of 12 with the session held on Microsoft Teams. Participants included staff from various disciplines to ensure that the participants accurately represented the team.

Launching in conjunction with International Women’s Day, the board game encouraged participants to discuss various uncomfortable scenarios regarding inclusion in a safe, confidential space. During the session, teams navigated a map to answer questions and discuss scenarios and dilemmas regarding workplace inclusion. The intention was to provide an open forum for discussion and enable people to learn more about their own unconscious bias and how it may impact upon inclusion and everyday interactions at work. The contractors central HR team are using feedback from the session to roll out more broadly across other sites, having a large impact upon the industry.

Session participants provided very positive feedback with many reporting that they then raised the topics with other colleagues who had not attended the session, as well as at home with their families. This indicates the huge impact that the session had in encouraging people to discuss inclusion and diversity which, can sometimes be uncomfortable and therefore avoided in construction.

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