Inclusion is about accepting people for who they are - no matter of background, identity, or circumstances. It's about showing respect and making adjustments to remove barriers so that everyone is comfortable and confident to be themselves, where they feel valued and also empowered to add value.
It's National Inclusion Week (NIW) 27th Sept - 1st Oct
NIW is a national campaign raising awareness of the importance of inclusion in the workplace. We’ll be celebrating and embracing our differences and showing why Amey are taking action – not simply sharing words.
We’d like as many of our employees and wider Amey family to come together to support this year’s theme ‘United for Inclusion’.
Join an event (or two) - there's something for everyone
There are a number of events planned throughout the week - please join as many as you can. Click here to see the event schedule and to put calendar appointments in your diary. If you'd like to dial into the teams events via phone - click here for the telephone and pin numbers for each event.
In the week we’ll also be sharing top line results of the inclusion survey and throughout the Autumn we’ll be setting and communicating our action plans.
If you’d like to post on social media to say how you’re supporting the campaign, or perhaps write a short blog about why inclusion is important to you, please do. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like any support.
As part of NIW, the Women @ Amey Affinity Group will be holding a virtual Women’s Festival on Wednesday 29th September. Throughout the day there will be a series of virtual events, such as speed mentoring, discussion panels and upskilling workshops.
This festival is being hosted by the Women @ Amey Affinity Group for the benefit of the whole company and all events are open to anyone who wants to join.
Click here to view the timetable of events and get details on how to join each one.
Words without action isn’t enough
To seriously address race in the workplace, we all need to unite and work together to ensure we have an impact and change attitudes and behaviours that affect our ethnic minority employees. We're taking part in the Race Equality Matters initiative, Safe Space, a facilitated dialogue between senior leaders and employees representing ethnic minorities, discussing the reality of what it’s like in our workplaces and identifying what needs to be changed. Commitments and actions will be agreed to help tackle some of the issues raised, to create real change around racial inequality.
Understanding privilege and the different types of bias and inequalities in the workplace is crucial to changing behaviours and addressing the issues. Click here to listen again to one of the webinars we held with employees to discuss this subject.
Become an Inclusion Ambassador
Our Inclusion Ambassadors align to our Regional Hubs and are at the centre of activities taking place at a local level, providing a focal point in each contract, depot or office.
We’re always on the look out for employees with a passion for inclusion, interested in learning more about it, as well as being happy to share information back to their colleagues to become ambassadors.
We need people from every level of the business to help drive a culture change so that we can become a more inclusive, engaged and healthy workforce.
Everything you need to know about being an Amey Inclusion Ambassador webinar: to listen again click here.
Employees who take on this voluntary role (with their line manager’s approval) will spend approximately one day per month (spread across the month) acting as a positive role model helping to promote inclusive practices and campaigns as well as offering support to employees.
See the links in the blue buttons on the right hand side of the page to find out more about the role and who to contact to have an initial discussion.
Our networks continue to provide a community of support and connection, a safe space to share concerns, learn from one another and generate ideas for future campaigns. These groups are open to all employees - see links on the right hand side of the page for the Yammer groups.
Women at Amey promoting gender inclusion at Amey through attracting, supporting, developing and retaining women in our business at all stages of their career. We are a virtual group of over 400 employees based on Yammer and open for all employees to join.
Pride Network is open for all to join. Our aim is to build an environment that's safe and inclusive of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and their allies. The group takes part in Pride across the UK and hosts online social and learning events. Join the conversation on Yammer to find out more.
Multicultural Network brings together multicultural colleagues to promote and educate on the diversity of cultures across the business. The network provides support and allyship to employees from multicultural backgrounds. Click here to hear why Kelvin Campbell has taken on the role of Chair and why he’s passionate about actively speaking up and doing something about race inequality. All new members are welcome.
Neurodiversity Network has two main aims: the first aim is to create a safe space for employees who identify as neurodiverse, or have been diagnosed with neurological conditions (such as ADHD, Autism Spectrum Condition, Dyslexia), to reach out and contact like-minded individuals at Amey. The second aim is to raise awareness of neurodiversity to those who wish to broaden their understanding of what it means and how it can effect their colleagues.
Pre-recorded unique and educational opportunities to learn about exciting topics from experts from different affinity groups, lasting 5-40 minutes.
A range of online resources
Essential Reading List
The Female Lead’s podcast! The Making Of… - Bea Appleby interviews brilliant women about the moments that have made them. Each woman has chosen 6 key moments – some are fateful, some decisive, some just accidental, but all show just how rambling our routes to success and happiness can be. You can find The Making Of… on all major podcasting sites (e.g. Apple, Spotify, Google)