Tue, 22 Mar 2022 11:00:04 GMT
Marginalised individuals from across the advertising industry have shared their stories in a new piece of research undertaken by NABS and 2CV titled Diversity in Focus.
The research aims to gain an in-depth understanding from marginalised individuals on what they need to feel a greater sense of wellbeing, belonging and inclusion, working in advertising and media.
NABS teamed up with partners Brixton Finishing School & the ADcademy, Media For All (MEFA) and Outvertising to ensure a broad range of respondents were surveyed.
The findings bring together 70 hours of diaries and face to face conversations about wellbeing, hopes and fears and the need for industry change with LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and other ethnic minoritised individuals working in advertising and media alongside students from the Brixton Finishing School and the ADcademy entering the industry.
NABS will now share key learnings from the research with the industry to help to bring about vital change. These include:
Respondents also revealed some encouraging efforts in the industry towards inclusion, such as the hiring of diversity strategists, the use of blind CVs in recruitment and normalising time to support mental health, including attending therapy sessions (which adlanders can access for free via NABS).
Diana Tickell, CEO, NABS, says: “Our research tells us that even though we are more aware of the issues surrounding D,E&I, and some efforts are being made to create a more inclusive industry, we have much more to do to change our structures and behaviours. Too many people still don’t feel as though they belong in our industry. We must take meaningful action to change that.”
“NABS will now focus on a two-pronged solution to drive positive change across the industry. We will launch supportive services aimed at marginalised individuals, as well as helping managers across the industry to lead with the empathy needed to create more inclusive teams.”
The research was unveiled at NABS: Leading Wellbeing for All, the charity’s annual event for senior stakeholders and supporters.
NABS also discussed its key 2021 stats at the event, giving key insights into the state of wellbeing in the industry. Headlines were:
Since the start of the pandemic, NABS has experienced a £1.75million (30%) drop in income, while experiencing a 23% surge in demand for its services.
Simon Daglish, chairman, NABS and deputy managing director, commercial, ITV said: “The long-lasting impact of the pandemic, combined with the terrible events in the news, are having a stark impact on our industry’s mental health. With demand for our services and our loss of income at the current level, we can only continue to survive with the industry’s support. We are so grateful to our supporters for their generosity and we hope that new partners will come on board this year to help NABS continue its mission.”view more - Trends and InsightNABS, Tue, 22 Mar 2022 11:00:04 GMT