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:
- Provide a safe space for discussion of issues.
- Help to raise awareness of issues within the wider organisation.
- Provide a source of support for individual staff who may be facing challenges at work.
- 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.
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