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: 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 drive 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. Complete the ‘Count Me In’ Launch Survey 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. Count on Me activities Let Me Tell You A Story This is a simple fairy tale story, which helps raise awareness of your own personal assumptions. At the end, you'll be asked a series of true or false questions. Listen carefully to the story – all is not as it seems. What are your superpowers? We all have personal strengths; do you know what yours are? In this activity, we’ll help you identify your superpowers (strengths), so you can easily share with your colleagues what they can count on you for. Team Talks Use this team talks to discuss your results from the Super Powers eLearning. Read | Watch | Listen | Do Additional resources for those who want to take their inclusivity to the next level …. Read Social Diversity is a global sharing platform run by diversity and inclusion professionals and advocates. Three top articles are: What is Diversity? – The Complete Guide Most Completed List of Diversity Types with Examples LGBTQ2+ : The Ultimate Q&A Guide Watch 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.” Listen ‘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. Do 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. Count On Us activities Speaking Up for Inclusion This session guides you through an easy-to-follow structure on how to speak up about any situation, so that you can clearly get your point across, in a respectful and responsive way. Sparking Conversations Inclusive teams need to know more about their colleagues than simply what they do in their work roles. Conversations help you get to know each other's backgrounds helping you understand who they are and they're becoming. Can I Say? A happy working environment where jokes flow and everyone has reasons to laugh is a part of the inclusive culture we are building at Mitie. But this environment can only be sustained when we understand when a conversation, comment or 'banter' goes too far. Count on Mitie For us, diversity & inclusion is more than policies, programs, or headcounts. An inclusive workplace is one that makes everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do for the business, feel equally involved in and supported in all areas of the workplace. The Count on Mitie phase is all about how we can work collectively to build a culture that helps colleagues feel they belong, that their unique talents matter and that their individual needs are cared for by other colleagues and the leadership team. Count on Mitie activities Count Me In check in You may not realise it, but you've learnt a lot over the past two Count Me In phases. Take a moment with your team to pause, reflect and take stock of everything you've learnt with this mini reflective team task.