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Everyday Inclusion - Becky Straw at UK Athletics

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Becky Straw - Performance Programme Coordinator.

I work within the Performance Operations Team as a Performance Programme Coordinator. My role is quite varied, as I work on the administration ahead of various athletics championships. This includes tasks like preparing team information booklets, sending out team travel information, booking of travel and accommodation, and producing and finalising athlete entry lists… to name but a few of my day-to-day tasks!

Over the summer of 2020 I began to realise the importance of employee well-being, in and out of the workplace, as we all had to face the challenge of continuing to work during a pandemic. I was also inspired by the work that some of the existing ED&I advocates were doing as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. As a result, I became an ED&I advocate, with a personal goal of wanting to make sure everyone feels included at UKA.

Inclusion is important because I think it forms the backbone for engagement. If people do not feel included, they will not positively engage within an organisation. However, when employees do feel included, it creates a sense of belonging that will drive them to achieve. To me though, it is about more than just performing well. It makes me happy to see other people in an environment where they can flourish and really achieve their potential, and I think that is what inclusion is about, creating a space for people to become the best version of themselves.

Achieving that ideal environment and sense of belonging at the moment is obviously hard as we can’t all be together, and everyone is getting frustrated with still being confined to their homes. So, we came up with the idea of the Blue Monday Survival kit to try and help boost the mood of our fellow employees during a difficult time. Robyn, Charley and I had a lot of fun discussing ideas to share, but to be honest we probably only scratched the surface of possibilities! So, we would welcome any of your ideas of what people could try at home to help boost morale and spread some more joy. We’re all in this together and we will get through it, together.

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