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Faith & Belief in the Workplace

Category: Religious beliefs, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, DIO, religious networks, faith & belief

Religious Beliefs

Wherever we work we want to be able to bring our whole self to the workplace. Diversity has many layers and not all of them visible. Having a faith or belief is one of the many layers that people are proud to identity with. In DIO we want to ensure that no matter what your faith or belief that employees have the opportunity to practice their faith or belief in the workplace.  DIO employees will soon have access to the new Head Office where a dedicated space for prayers and reflection will be available. 

 

Prayer and reflection room

 

Whilst we continue to work from home as a community of employees, we haven’t been able to participate and celebrate the various faith and belief events that have taken place during the year.  However, we have been able to do this remotely and enjoy the rich tapestry of the many faiths and beliefs here in DIO. 

The Faith & Belief Champion and Chair connect with multiple faith and belief networks across the MOD.  Working collaboratively enables DIO to share information, attend webinars and have a better understanding of the wide range of faiths and beliefs in the workplace.  DIO faith and belief network members have helped to support colleagues who have experienced loss or experienced wellbeing issues during the pandemic. 

Reaching out and supporting colleagues enables employees to connect on another level by offering prayers and leaning into their faith for strength, guidance and comfort during difficult times. From a personal perspective, with prayer and faith as a Christian, this has helped me during times of personal loss during Covid and also having had the virus myself.  It’s important not to give up during some of the worst times of your life, but to be thankful for every blessing and to re-think what is important. It is not material wealth, but the wealth we have in the love of our respective families and loves ones.  For many, the pandemic has been a time of reflection, re-prioritising and enjoying the beauty of each day.  

I am proud to be the Chair of the Faith & Belief Network and working for an organisation that embraces diversity and inclusion and supports the work of all the Networks. As employees, we volunteer our time, knowledge and experience to inform, inspire and educate all who want to have a deeper level of understanding of the various faiths and beliefs in the workplace. We are highly engaged and communication between the executive team is a two-way process.  DIO is a great place to work. Our EVP to attract new talent is not just about the financial package, but being able to have the freedom of expression through faith and belief.

 

Veronica Wilkinson, Chair Faith & Belief Network

Veronica Wilkinson Chair Faith & Belief Network

 

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