What do we mean by inclusion? Inclusion is not just accepting people for who they are, but it's about showing respect and making adjustments to help people and remove barriers. It's about making sure everyone experiences a culture at work where they can be comfortable and confident to be themselves, where they feels valued and also empowered to add value. This should be the case for everyone, no matter of background, identity, or circumstances.
Inclusion at Amey
Our new framework 'Embracing Difference' has been launched to help us shape our inclusion strategy. We want everyone to have access to the same opportunities and be treated equally, fairly and respectfully. We're all different and we should embrace our differences to work together to achieve the best possible results for us as individuals and as one united team.
We've made some great progress with our networks over the last few years (see more below) who are enabling people to have a voice, but we recognise we need to do more to level the playing field.
We've set up a new inclusion leadership group and a new inclusion forum, plus we’re recruiting inclusion ambassadors to sit at the heart of this - to help us understand what its really like out in the workplace and how we can improve it for all.
Inclusion Ambassadors - we're recruiting!
Inclusion Ambassadors will be at the centre of how we work. Aligning to the new Regional Hubs, ambassadors will work at a local level, providing a focal point in each contract, depot or office.
We’re looking for people who have a passion for inclusion or interested in learning more about it, as well as then being happy to share information back to their colleagues.
We need people from every level of the business (everyone is welcome to apply) 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
Created in 2016 to promote 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.
Anyone can join Pride Network. 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.
Embracing the power of culture by bringing together multicultural colleagues to promote and educate on the diversity of cultures across the business.
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)