At Nationwide we value people from all backgrounds and part of my role is making sure the Society takes an inclusive approach that celebrates and promotes diversity. A major part of this work stream are our employee networks. We now run six networks representing or focusing on: women, faith and belief, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation and members of the military community. In June, we’re planning to launch a group dedicated to employees who are caring for someone. The carers’ agenda is an increasing issue for organisations, as our employees often find themselves supporting younger family members as well as elderly, sick or disabled relatives and this can be stressful when trying to balance work and family life and also sometimes quite isolating. The wellbeing of all our employees is something we take very seriously.
The networks aim to raise awareness and support developmental and networking opportunities – they also, of course, provide support for people who have had similar experiences or who perhaps face similar challenges. Membership is open not just to those belonging to the community of interest represented by each of the networks, but also to every employee who has an interest.