As it’s National Inclusion Week, we wanted to share some of our inclusion initiatives to inspire inclusivity amongst other businesses.
To raise awareness internally, this week we are running ‘INCLUSIVI-TEA’, encouraging all staff to take a break and grab a tea/coffee with a colleague they wouldn’t ordinarily interact with.
However, we believe inclusivity should be championed all year round, not just this week. Below are just a few of the initiatives we run:
We conduct morning meetings (almost) every day, sharing what new projects or roles we’re working on, market news and positive achievements from the previous day/week.
We also have weekly 1-1 meetings, giving all employees the opportunity to highlight any issues or concerns, as well as receive recognition for success.
When interviewing potential new team members, we include employees at the second stage (not just Directors). This gives the interviewee an insight into our culture and a different viewpoint whilst involving the wider team in business growth.
Social Events and Rewards
Holidays and CSR
We celebrate and support a wide range of holidays throughout the year such as PRIDE, Christmas, Breast Cancer Awareness and Children in Need, to name a few – creating an inclusive and fun environment! We also partner with The Mustard Tree, a homeless charity in Manchester, and encourage all employees to get involved with the initiatives and campaigns we run.
We strive to deliver the highest standards of employment practice and in 2018 we were proudly awarded our third consecutive Investors in People Gold accreditation – an accolade only 16% of Investors in People’s worldwide community have achieved.
We are also active members of the ENEI (Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion) to inform and support us with the evolving nature of diversity and inclusion.
We have recently reviewed and added to our benefits package to ensure they appeal to all employees and support an inclusive environment. After listening to employee’s suggestions, we now offer work from home days, dress down Fridays and a free subscription to the Calm app, amongst much more!
We also have a Mental Health First Aid Champion in situ to observe and be a confidante to employees on their work-based stress levels and provide the support needed.
We conduct bi-annual surveys to allow employees to give anonymous feedback on all areas of the business, from which we adjust and change procedures, benefits etc. where possible.