We are extremely proud of our culture at Vextrix/Struktura particularly when it comes to inclusivity, equality and diversity. When we think about National Inclusion week, many think about the ‘protected characteristics’ such as age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation however this week we are looking beyond the obvious and exploring areas that may be hidden on a daily basis, but none-the-less, play a role in making us feel included.
This week we are coming together in pairs each day to discuss the below topics. The discussions will ideally be face to face and they are an opportunity to take ourselves away from our desks, take a walk or grab a coffee.
At 4pm on each day we are holding debrief style meetings to talk about what we have been discussing in our pairs. The aim of this week is to help us get to know each other a bit better but also to come up with ideas about how we can keep developing our culture!
We were delighted to be awarded the Investors in Diversity for Small Businesses accreditation in 2021 from the National Centre for Diversity after they examined how FREDIE was embedded within our culture.
Today we will be discussing the headings below and what they mean to us all and come up with ways we can continue to show our commitment to everything that FREDIE stands for.
What is an inclusive workplace culture?
An inclusive workplace culture is an unseen force that determines the beliefs, attitudes, conduct and behaviours of a team, it means we all feel:
Fairness for all is a reality
Respect for all is the norm
Equality of opportunity for all is embedded
Diverse employees feel that they belong
Inclusion is widely understood, where all colleagues are committed to inclusive behaviours and where leaders connect the link between an inclusive culture and business performance.
Engaged – where there is a positive emotional attachment between colleagues, their work, managers and leaders – where everyone lives and breathes the values and goals of the organisation.
Tuesday: Mental Health
Wednesday: Inclusivity from a client perspective
Thursday: Poverty and the cost of living – The ways financial pressures affect us all differently.
Friday: Celebrating each other