Count Me In

Introduction

‘Count Me In’ is our Diversity & Inclusion development campaign here at Mitie. It’s been designed especially for us, and aims to help us create an environment where everyone feels heard, included and able to bring their true self to work.

We’re all responsible for creating a diverse and inclusive environment, and that’s why it’s embedded as one of our core values: Our Diversity Makes Us Stronger.

With Count Me In, we aim to challenge the way you think, encourage you to have conversations, but most importantly, create an environment where every Mitie colleague feels able to bring their whole self to work.

There are four phases to Count Me In:

  1. Count On Me
  2. Count On Us
  3. Count On Mitie, and
  4. Count On The Future.

We’ve got lots of thought-provoking and enlightening activities for you and your colleagues to take part in, and we’ll be adding extra resources and tools to the page regularly to help you deep-dive into different subjects.

We hope at the end of the campaign you’ll be saying “Count Me In” to driving inclusivity at Mitie.

Count Me In 'Launch'

Count Me In is designed to specifically meet the needs of all Mitie colleagues across the business. To do this, it has been shaped by feedback received in the launch survey to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from it.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to take part as we’re continually reviewing your comments to refine and develop the programme.

Count on Me

‘Count on Me’ is the first phase in our programme, and focuses on developing your own personal understanding. It includes reflection exercises to help you identify your strengths, understand your assumptions, and encourages a culture of being able to give and receive open and honest feedback.

You will need to be brave, open, and honest – whilst being fair, supportive, and inclusive to colleagues around you.

Everyone deserves a chance to share, to be heard, and to be given the chance to understand their own behaviours without worrying about criticism or judgment.

Count on Me will help you do exactly that.

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Additional resources for those who want to take their inclusivity to the next level ….

Social Diversity is a global sharing platform run by diversity and inclusion professionals and advocates. Three top articles are:

Three ways to be a better ally in the workplace

We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler. And it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination.

In this actionable Ted talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. “There’s no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,” she says. “Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.”

Talking inclusion with…’ are podcasts about inclusion and diversity in the workplace, by Inclusion Employers. Join hosts, BBC Radio’s Stephanie Hirst and Inclusive Employers’ Senior Consultant Steven Copsey, as they meet a wide variety of guests with fascinating stories of inclusion, diversity and belonging.

Recognising inclusiveness and diversity

Start this free course with the Open University. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

This is for anyone who wants to learn more about how diversity allows you to embrace and use the different ideas, perspectives, expertises, life experiences and cultural backgrounds that people bring in a task, team, organisation or community.

Count on Us

Count on Us is the second phase in our programme and focusses on Team Culture.

A teams success requires a safe environment where people feel valued for who they are, not fearful of being judged, invalidated, or discriminated against.

In this phase well focus on promoting an environment where it’s safe to speak up, increasing empathy and improving team relationships.