The Environment Agency does essential work. It helps with everything from protecting our coastlines from erosion to keeping our water clean. Whether you're a developer planning a new building or an angler looking for a licence, the Agency plays a role.
Just as essential is a commitment to an inclusive workplace that empowers employees from all backgrounds. The Environment Agency is committed to new ways of working and to creating a better place for people and wildlife. If you’re keen to land a role to help protect our land and water, browse some environment roles.
None of this is possible without a multi-talented team of professional and dedicated people. One of the ways the Environment Agency makes diversity and inclusion a top priority is through our employee networks, created to support our employees to bring their whole self to work. Here are examples from 3 of these networks:
Mental Health Network
A 2017 UK Government report showed poor mental health costs the UK economy between £74 billion and £99 billion annually. Evaluations of workplace interventions show a return to business of between £1.50 and £9 for every £1 invested.
That's why the Environment Agency has a well-established the Mental Health Network. It promotes ideas, success stories and important messages into the Business. It aims to ensure that the Agency has a culture where everybody feels comfortable openly talking about mental health issues. The Agency recently completed the annual MHN survey and had over 500 responses and has placed top of the Mind Workplace Wellness Index for the last two years, due to the wealth of support available to help manage the mental wellbeing of colleagues. The survey establishes areas where people want to see improvements, e.g. reduction in stigma, raising awareness of MH issues, etc. It's an essential step forward in ensuring that it’s seen as normal to talk about mental health at work.
In a July 2017 Government survey, 23% of respondents reported mixed or negative responses at work due to being LGBT. Besides being morally wrong, this causes negative health and productivity outcomes for employees and workplaces.
The Environment Agency takes a strong stance on LGBT rights with its LGBT Network. The Agency wants all employees, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity, to feel able to be themselves at work. Everyone should have an equal opportunity to be happy at work and develop their skills. Fairness at work and good job performance go hand-in-hand.
The LGBT+ Network has been influential in shaping and amending EDI policies. By improving workplace culture the Agency aims to attract, motivate and retain a diverse workforce. It recently hosted a Senior Champions Seminar for LGBT Networks in public sector organisations. In 2019 Stonewall awarded the Environment Agency’s LGBT+ network the “Highly Commended” status for achieving the highest scores in the Employee Network Group section of the Workplace Equality Index.”
Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Network
Business psychologists Pearn Kandola reported in 2017 that over 50% of UK employees have witnessed or experienced racism at work. A third of these said they had not reported the incidents to their employers. The remedy must be to create a safe workplace where racism is scorned and everyone searches for solutions. The Environment Agency BAME Network supports BAME employees to achieve their goals and inspires them to fulfil their potential. It celebrates the achievements of BAME staff and provides the BAME community with a voice within the organisation. It aims to achieve this through local area and national events, an annual National Conference and signposting to staff success.
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