Weetabix’s approach to EDI is Inclusion Without Exception

Employee inclusion is an important part of any workplace. Enabling employees to bring their whole selves to work and encouraging and empowering individuality is key. A CIPD blog post explained that inclusion at work occurs “when people feel valued and accepted in their team and in the wider organisation, without having to conform.” The post went on to explain that “inclusive organisations support employees, regardless of their background or circumstance, to thrive at work.” Being able to thrive in an inclusive organisation that celebrates individuality is something that today’s candidate-led…

What are you doing in your business to support Equality, Diversity & Inclusion?

What do we really understand about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)? Interest in EDI has boomed in recent years – both in the wider political spheres of the Western world and in a more focused way in the workplace. The intense focus on EDI has facilitated open conversations around sensitive subjects – but often with little discussion about how to practically implement EDI policies and practices, as well as training for all your staff to ensure they are aware of their obligations too. With identity politics in the news recently…

Find out what Virgin Media are doing to ensure they can attract and retain top talent into their team as well as increasing their profits

When Virgin Media and O2 announced they would be merging in a £31billion mega deal last summer (2021), the newly united firm’s Chief Executive, Lutz Schüler, promised to “connect more people to the things they love (and) support communities across the country.” Nisha Marwaha is their Director, People Relations and Diversity, Equality and Inclusion. Marwaha explained that, at Virgin Media O2, there’s a compelling business case for diverse representation. She stated: “I think there’s a higher likelihood of outperformance (against the competition) with the more diversity you have and given…

5 Misconceptions about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

What do we really understand about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)? Interest in EDI has boomed in recent years – but often with little discussion about how to practically implement EDI policies and practices. With identity politics in the news right now following the recent decision to ban transgender men and women from participating in certain sports, it’s easy to fixate on awareness and neglect actionable change that implements the EDI values a business wishes to uphold. However, EDI doesn’t have to be an intimidating subject, and making it easier…

Are you a good listener?

The whole of July is “Talk to Us” month and is the Samaritans annual awareness-raising campaign of the importance of us “listening” to friends, family or colleagues to make sure they are OK. Do you need to listen to your employees? The Samaritans are challenging the whole of the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips on how to be a better listener and you can find out more about how to a better listener here; https://www.samaritans.org/support-us/campaign/talk-us/ Now, I want to talk about the importance of listening to…

Never mind e=mc2. Employee Wellbeing2=profits10

I need to clear something up! What do we actually mean by employee wellbeing? To this day, wellbeing remains a contested word, with various definitions and spellings and still remains “conceptually muddy”.  What I can assure you though – it definitely isn’t ‘wellness’. “Workplace wellness” is usually linked with the word “health” and unsurprisingly the focus is mostly on employee physical health such as being at a healthy weight, looking at your nutrition, exercise, and stopping smoking etc.  All extremely worthwhile and creditable for sure, but they alone, will not…

Top 5 HR Questions – June

Q1. If an employee is off sick on a bank holiday, do we need to pay them for the Bank Holiday or give them additional time off? The employee’s entitlement will depend on whether or not the bank holiday forms part of their statutory holiday entitlement under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (SI 1998/1833). Under the Regulations all workers are entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday in any leave year. Where an employer grants employees the minimum holiday entitlement under the Regulations (5.6 weeks) and this includes bank and public…

Want to know what keeps people at your company?

Sounds obvious doesn’t it – just ask them – but you’d be surprised by how many employers don’t! We’re all familiar with exit interviews as a chance for employees to openly share their experiences working with an organisation as they make their way out the door. While this is a vital tool in gathering data to assess what prompts an employee’s exit, it’s too late at that point to retain them. Enter the stay interview — an opportunity to engage in a one-on-one conversation to ask current employees, “what keeps…

Are you a Great Employer?

There have been many HR challenges in the last 24 months and significant changes to your working practices can’t be achieved overnight, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be trying to be a great employer offering your staff a great place to work! If you have some big goals to smash this year, the chances are those goals need your people to be giving you their absolute best. Are you doing what you need to do, to make sure your team are a high performing team and fully engaged…

Meraki HR are Springing into action to help you resolve your biggest People Challenges!

To sign up for one, two or all three packages then contact us with your preferred package(s), and we will put in place the necessary arrangements to address your key challenges. Are you struggling to attract the right people to work for you? If so, you need the Fatal Attraction Package – £1,995 We conduct an Employer Brand Audit and we look at everything you do to “sell and promote” your employer brand to prospective candidates, right from how you write your Job Descriptions, your Job Adverts, your Careers Page…