To be effective tools to improve inclusivity and tackle discrimination at work, staff networks need to function as vehicles for employee voice at an individual and collective level. They need to have a clear role and objectives to support organisations in delivering real change.

There are a number of different functions networks can perform and a good staff network should be able to manage all of them. The four main aims that can be achieved by an effective staff network are to: 

  1. Provide a safe space for discussion of issues. 
  2. Help to raise awareness of issues within the wider organisation. 
  3. Provide a source of support for individual staff who may be facing challenges at work. 
  4. Offer a collective voice for the workforce to communicate with management.

 Download the guide and case studies for guidance on establishing an effective staff network.


Employee voice

Learn about employee voice, its purposes and use, and the benefits it can bring to an organisation and its workforce. We also look at whistleblowing and creating a speak-up culture

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