The National Day for Staff Networks on Wednesday 9th May 2018. This day gives formal recognition to the fantastic effort of staff networks operating in the UK workplace.
Why a National Day for Staff Networks?
Staff networks offer support to employees from different groups as they endeavour to navigate the processes, systems and culture that may prevent them from progressing and/or being their authentic self in the workplace.
They are an effective mechanism of workforce engagement that can provide insight into unseen barriers and devise practical, creative and commercially viable solutions to help address the systemic challenges faced by certain groups. Put simply, effective staff networks are making work better.
There are three aims of the day:
To encourage employers across the UK to acknowledge and celebrate how staff networks, through their insight, innovation and intelligence, add value and help make constructive use of difference thus improving the corporate health of the organisation.
To call for all staff networks to collaborate in their celebration and, given the ‘intersectionality’ of employees, identify ways how they can work together in the future to inspire and continue to raise awareness and foster inclusion in the workplace.
To change the conversation around the power of staff networks so that they are seen as business critical; having a seat at the table using their influential employee voice to help make work better.
How can you get involved in 2018?
Become an ambassador: Our ambassadors act as a focal point in 3 ways:
Encourage staff networks to collaborate and participate in the day
Host a regional /local activity or support one
Promoting regional / local activity on social media and help create a buzz
Become a Corporate Sponsor: We invite you to join us in demonstrating your commitment and investment into the important work and contribution of your staff networks by becoming a campaign participant and sponsor. Contact us.
Take part in the staff network census: We are going to start our census for staff networks in 2018. It’s a huge undertaking but it’ going to be great to see just where we are as a community. Watch this space!