Preparing for the future
Having a diverse and inclusive culture will not only make for a happier and more productive team of current employees, but also helps set a business up for the future. Times are changing and working for a business with a clear focus on diversity and inclusion is now one of the deciding factors in people choosing a place of work. Without practises in place, your business could well be missing out on new talent, with a wide range of skills and passion for innovation.
Now, these are just a few reasons why an inclusive culture should be at the top of the agenda for organisations and it is something that we have a continuous focus on across our Retail and Commercial businesses and the Wessex Water Group.
Ultimately, we are a people business and it's very important to not only ensure we have a talented, diverse and happy team in place, but that we also understand the needs and wants of our customers. Fairness and equality for all ensures a diverse team, which in turn provides a diverse and varied approach towards our business challenges and ensures that we are innovating for the future.
I am extremely proud to work with such a passionate team of people who are continually looking for new ways to ensure every single member of our business feels included and listened to. Now whilst we still have much to learn and are always looking to understand what we could do differently, the key to any success we have had so far, is ensuring our initiatives and team member networks are run for the people, by the people. I find the most successful way to encourage a culture of inclusivity is to empower team members to put forward their own ideas and take ownership for making real change happen.
Other activity that has supported an inclusive culture, is the work that takes place across our businesses with real social purpose. Whilst this is a topic in itself worthy of discussion, working with communities and charities, running education programmes, supporting an ever growing green economy and being true ambassadors for our social mobility pledge all help our people get involved in rewarding initiatives and truly feel part of something real, where their contribution matters!
It has been fantastic to read so many stories so far during National Inclusion Week of the work of businesses and individuals creating a unique and happy work environment, so in the interest of supporting this week's conversation and encouraging others to share, I thought I would detail some of the work that has taken place across our group of businesses that is supporting our workplace to feel inclusive for all #EveryoneBelongs