Teamwork and diversity

Community radio is all about including everybody. It is about giving anyone and everyone access to Radio. Community radio values every voice and wants every voice to be working together as a team.

Valuing diversity and understanding the importance of teamwork in making radio will improve your work as a broadcaster.

The problem with discrimination is when people use others’ attributes to:

  • Make decisions about them.
  • Make assumptions about them.
  • Treat them differently because of their attributes.

We base these decisions on information and experiences, which may or may not be accurate. Over the years, in order to combat negative discrimination, governments have created legislation that aims to prevent discrimination occurring.

Has it worked? What do you think?

We still discriminate against people who are different to us; the difference is now that people have legal redress to their discrimination.


What is discrimination?

Legally, discrimination is when one person is treated less favourably than another is, has been, or would be treated in a similar situation. 

Generally speaking, there are three ways that people and organisations discriminate:







– aimed directly at someone because of his or her difference. 

– it means treating someone less favourable because of a person’s race, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age.


– this can be deliberate or accidental.


– example, not employing a woman who has caring responsibilities, as she might take time off if her children are ill.


– exceptions can only be justified on limited grounds – genuine and determining occupational requirement.


– where apparently neutral conditions for employment, or the provision of a service, or a practice mean that some people are excluded, or put at a disadvantage compared with other people. 

–  this can be deliberate or accidental.


– example, having a policy of only recruiting people with specific lengths of experience, that cannot be justified for the job.


– another would be asking for specific qualifications when basic skills would be sufficient.


– where the organisation has discriminatory practices embedded, which appear “normal” to the workforce. 

– this can be deliberate or accidental.


– example, the team going to the pub for a drink on Fridays after work.




Some jobs require certain characteristics that are needed to do the job properly.

For example a Women’s Domestic Violence Refuge may want to only hire women because the clients do not feel safe around men. They can ask for an exemption from the discrimination laws.

Another example is when certain sections of the population are under represented in a profession and there is an active recruitment drive to target them. Eg. Police forces employing officers from minority communities.

This is called active discrimination.


The importance of teamwork

Some characteristics of a good team

  • Having clear objectives.
  • Good decision making process.
  • Trust.
  • Clear roles, responsibilities.
  • Sound relationships with others.
  • Being inclusive.