National Inclusion Week is taking place between 24th and 30th September 2018, “Creating an inclusive working environment is not just about making sure that all employees are supported to deliver their best work, it’s also vital to ensure we fully reflect the communities we serve,” says Mark Summerfield, Director of Human Resources.
“Events like National Inclusion Week are great opportunities to reflect on the work we do – but it’s essential that inclusivity is a priority every day. Whether it’s trying to make things easier for carers at work or creating a support network for returning parents, we are always open to new ideas on how to make the CPS an even better place to work for everyone.”
In June the CPS launched the Carers’ Passport. This document provides carers and their line managers with information about a person’s caring responsibilities, and the support they need at work. Andy Haughey, HR Manager in Strategy and Engagement, is a primary carer for his wife Stephanie and a secondary carer for his stepson, Alex. Andy said: “Being able to juggle responsibilities at home and at work is really important to me. An open and honest relationship with my manager is essential – she cannot help if she doesn’t understand the situation. It’s about flexibility. It’s about working together to obtain the best work/life balance to ensure the important people are looked after, whilst also allowing me to do my work to the best of my ability. I probably couldn’t work if the CPS wasn’t so flexible in its approach.”
The CPS had 139 new parents return to work after taking maternity, adoption or paternity leave in 2017/18. The organisation was recently named in the ‘top ten places to work’ by the charity Working Families. A new initiative is aiming to bring together new parents and those with experience of returning to work for informal mentoring.
David Skelton, Head of Leadership and Development Operations, tells CPS News about his experience of returning to work as a new dad, “Coming back to work was tough in some ways – projects had moved on, new issues had arisen and dealing with all this while sleep deprived is quite a challenge! My colleagues were very supportive, but I think the new mentoring programme is a great idea. Talking things through with fellow parents would definitely smooth the transition back into work, helping you to find the right balance with family life.”
Take a look at the CPS Inclusion and Community Engagement Strategy at here.
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