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Organisations across all sectors are increasingly recognising the vital role that employee networks can play in embedding an inclusive culture With the right structure, well defined business objectives and a clear line of sight to the organisation’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy, employee networks or resource groups as they are sometimes called, are a valuable business asset.
EMBED’s consultants have been involved in creating and running successful employee networks representing all protected characteristics, including disability, gender, carers, LGBTQIA+ and faith for over 20 years. We understand the challenges network stakeholders face, including potential network chairs and we have seen what a successful network can achieve.
Whether you are in the process of setting up a brand new network or resource group, you're looking to refresh an established network, or you need a constructive, critical friend to test out new ideas with, find out more about our 3 core network offerings below.
Knowing where to start on the journey to creating a successful and powerful employee network can be overwhelming. At EMBED, we have a range of tools to support you as you begin your journey, whether you are launching a single network or number of networks to support employees from diverse backgrounds Some of the areas we would touch on as you begin your journey may include:
If your organisation already has an employee network(s) and wants to evaluate how effective and successful the network(s) is/are, an audit of your networks is the place to begin. The duration of the audit will depend on the size of the organisation and the number of networks and would include a review the following areas:
Once the audit has been completed, a playback report will be submitted with all the findings together with recommendations for next steps.
Being the Chair of a network can be both rewarding and isolating. It’s usually a role that is done in addition to the 'day job'. Finding the time to do both can be overwhelming. Our consultants all have first-hand experience of being chairs of networks and working with networks and understand the challenges as well as the opportunities the role can bring.
Coaching can be a great way to provide support for people involved in running networks, whether it’s the Chair, the Sponsor/Champion or HR professionals with responsibility for the organisations employee networks.
We can provide one-off coaching, a package of 6 or 12 one hour sessions or a roundtable session with members of the network.