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On 3 and 6 March, as part of the programme of FC Barcelona activities in support of International Women's Day, 55 employees (27 women and 28 men) from various departments at the Club took part in an in-person training session on the subject of equality, diversity and inclusion led by Laia Arcones, a consultant and teacher on the subject of equality and diversity, an expert in bias and associate professor at the ESADE Business School.
The training tool the form of a game with Mystery Box, foldable boxes that allow the game to be adapted to any space using technology from Mystery Escape, one the leading businesses in Escape Rooms.
The department of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion organised the two sessions of three hours each in which employees taking part received training with the aim of acquiring the skills to promote equality and inclusion at FC Barcelona. The goal of the training was not just to impart knowledge but also to apply it with a teamwork dynamic that allowed those taking part to put into practice the values associated with diversity and the identification of unconscious bias.
At the end of the session each group was able to propose concrete measures to apply with the aim of improving day to day life, such as managing diversity and amongst other popular proposals were the idea or promoting and achieving great internal parity and equality, including more women in the staff of the professional teams and in executive positions, and a commitment to a communication strategy that includes non-traditional concepts of family, improving inclusive, non-sexist communication and improving the addition of people with disabilities or from other vulnerable groups.
In the feedback carried out after the training session by the participants, the results were more than positive with 89.4% happy to recommend the training session to other work colleagues who have not taken part and 84.7% feel that the topics covered will be useful to them in carrying out their daily tasks.
The most repeated comments from the participants centre on their wide to continue the training to delve further into the topic and the ability to use the activities to interact with other employees from different departments was also highly valued as it offered the opportunity to interact with different points of view and create new synergies. Finally the variety of profiles amongst the employees with regards to gender, age, experience and position also obtained a positive reaction.