26th September 2019
It’s National Inclusion Week, and we’ve got lots going on at Hodge, with our colleagues taking part in a range of activities promoting all things inclusion. Here, our Chief People Officer, Sarah-Ellen, shares her thought on what inclusion means for Hodge.
Celebrating National Inclusion Week is a natural step for Hodge. We work in an industry that has, historically, not been famous for championing diversity and inclusion – but things are changing.
‘Being Human’ is one of our core internal values, and something that we embed into our work each day. It means treating one another as humans – rather than just the roles that we, as colleagues, fulfil in the company – and recognising that excellence comes in all different shapes and sizes. We’re a business that celebrates that, and our activities this week – from our background-themed bake-off and Inclusive-TEA morning, to our inclusion-themed quiz and prize draw – are just some of the ways we’re trying to shine a light on the benefits that an inclusive, diverse workforce can bring.
The way I see it, when you work at Hodge you experience our unique culture which has the feel of being part of a large family. In the spirit of keeping this alive and despite our extensive growth 100FTE in the last twelve months, we want to protect that feeling of being part of a team that that celebrates who you are and embraces differences, sensitively and appropriately. Inclusion is about each and every one of us. It’s not an LGBTQI issue, or a women’s issue, or one that only affects people of certain races or religions – it’s a human issue.
This week, especially, we’re trying to highlight that – and take additional note of how our colleagues feel in the workplace.