Many people with a visible difference feel that people who look different are ignored by brands. Help change that by joining Pledge To Be Seen.
A good workplace is truly inclusive. That means that all people with a visible difference or disfigurement, whether employees, customers or colleagues, are accepted without exception.
Not only is this good for those with a visible difference and the culture of your workplace – research shows that it also drives better organisational and business outcomes.
The first step to inclusion of those who look different is understanding what visible difference is. On this page, we also explore how visible difference relates to the workplace and how to be inclusive of people with visible difference.
We hope this resource inspires and informs you to become true ambassadors for the inclusion of those with a visible difference.
Visible difference is a scar, mark or condition on the face or body that makes you look different. It can be acquired during your life – from an accident, disease or condition or you can be born with a condition. You can find out more information on our main page about visible difference.
As an employer, you know that a diverse workforce drives better individual, business and organisational outcomes. You may have read the McKinsey report which explains that businesses with diverse employee representation are 35% more likely to outcompete their industry rivals.
Despite this, finding a job remains difficult for many people with a visible difference. Take a look at this video, in which Phil talks about two difficult interview experiences he had as a result of an employer’s reaction to his birthmark.
Our research found that over a third of people (36%) with a visible difference say they have been discriminated against in job applications because of their appearance. Two in five (40%) say that they have felt judged by potential employers and that they have not applied to certain roles because of their appearance (41%). Young adults (18-34 year olds) are particularly likely to say they have been discriminated against in job applications because of their appearance (45%).