This year, National Inclusion Week ran from 24th – 30th September and the Cabinet Office marked the occasion in style.
John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary, reaffirmed the Cabinet Office’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and how this helps realise our vision of A Brilliant Civil Service.
A wide range of events took place throughout the week in Cabinet Office, run by our diversity networks and colleagues were encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about how to build an inclusive culture.
In Cabinet Office, we know that effective staff networks make work better and this was an opportunity for our people to find out more about how they work and what they offer. By working collectively together during this week and beyond, we can make a real difference to the way we work. A more diverse workforce will support the Cabinet Office purpose to develop the best public servants and deliver inclusive change.
Here is what John had to say:
What is National Inclusion Week?
National Inclusion Week is taking place this week. It is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of inclusion in the workplace. This year the theme of the week is ‘Everyday Inclusion’, which is an essential part of the work we are doing to become the most inclusive employer in the UK by 2020, one truly representative of the people it serves.
Why is inclusion important?
It is clear that a proactive approach towards inclusion throughout everything that we do, making it part of our day-to-day experiences, will help each and every one of us feel valued and included.
This will also help us work more effectively and create an inclusive work culture that makes the Civil Service a great place to work and empowers the Cabinet Office to lead by example.
Since the refresh of the Cabinet Office diversity and inclusion strategy last year, we’ve made good progress towards greater diversity. But we must reinforce our commitment to be more representative in order to fully reflect the communities we serve – particularly at a senior level and awareness events like this help us to do this.
Why should the Cabinet Office prioritise inclusion?
We want to be an exemplar across Government for inclusion. We aim to be the most inclusive department, so that we can show the way for the Centre of Government.
We are committed to putting the needs of citizens at the heart of everything we do and a workforce which reflects the UK population, and is happier and more cohesive, is integral to my vision of a Brilliant Civil Service.