Reed HR sponsor ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative’ at the CIPD People Management Awards

The CIPD People Management Awards are the most prestigious awards in the HR and L&D calendar, rewarding and celebrating outstanding achievement in people management and development. At the 2018 awards, Reed HR sponsored the award for ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative’. 

Reed HR have always admired the CIPD awards as one of the most important dates in the HR calendar. This year we chose to get involved and we wanted to choose a category that we were passionate about. The obvious choice was Diversity & Inclusion, a key area of focus for us at REED and a leading topic in the HR world.
Director of Reed HR, Chris Adcock

The winners in this category were construction business, Morgan Sindall. They had always found it difficult to attract more diverse candidates. The judges chose Morgan Sindall as they were impressed that diversity and inclusion was a core objective which was championed by leadership and had created a truly inclusive culture, in the context of an industry that has been slow to embrace change.

The HR team, led by director Dawn Moore, introduced a number of projects focused on recruiting those outside of their usual talent pool including BAME applicants, women and working parents. Programmes included:

  • New policies for maternity and paternity leave, with a buddy system matching returners with another worker who has recently taken maternity leave to create an informal support network 
  • New guidance for line managers to help ensure those on leave felt part of the team
  • A returnship programme, aimed at attracting professional level applicants from a variety of backgrounds
  • Unconscious bias workshops for senior managers to help challenge preconceptions and promote new mindsets

In two years, the proportion of female employees in the business almost doubled – meaning Morgan Sindall now sit five per cent above the industry average. Voluntary attrition has halved and huge numbers of employees are enjoying flexible working patterns.

Most of all, Morgan Sindall learned to be open to questions and suggestions from employees on how they could make the business a better place to work. One of Morgan Sindall’s BAME employees, for example, worked with leaders to develop and implement Burka-friendly personal protective equipment – a first for the business as well as the entire sector.

Morgan Sindall were very worthy winners – it was great to see such fantastic work being done in this arena from all of the nominees
Director of Reed HR, Chris Adcock