Everyday Inclusion at Santander

In this video Santander employees outline the different support networks within the business that promote wellbeing and inclusion, creating a safe space for all.

In partnership with Bupa, Business in the Community (BITC) is sharing ways businesses are prioritising employee mental health and wellbeing. This video is part of a series featuring members of the BITC Wellbeing Leadership Team, to support organisations to #BuildBackResponsibly.

How Santander is creating a culture of Everyday Inclusion

In this video Santander employees: Damien Shieber, Head of Culture, Inclusion and Experience; TJ Richards, Co-Chair of the Embrace LGBTQ+ Network; Roshni Shah, Co-Chair of the Mental Wellbeing Network; and Cathy Roberts, Co-Chair of the Families and Carers Network outline the different support networks within the business that promote wellbeing and inclusion, creating a safe space for all.

Everyday Inclusion

The Everyday Inclusion campaign from BITC is designed to support employers in ensuring their employees feel they belong, have a voice, are valued and are able to be their true selves. BITC research shows that almost half of UK employees regularly experience non-inclusive behaviours – often in the form of unintended ‘microaggressions’. This has an impact on wellbeing and wider performance and undermines employers’ efforts to foster inclusive working cultures. While the impact of COVID-19 on inclusion is still being understood, early signs are that for many, increased pressure and the move of many staff to home working could be making the situation worse.

Learn more about Everyday Inclusion at Business in the Community.

What if your job was good for you?

People do not expect to be physically injured at work, and nor should their mental health be damaged. However, in the 12 months before BITC’s Mental Health at Work 2020 survey, developed in partnership with Bupa and the BITC Wellbeing Leadership Team, 41% of employees experienced poor mental health caused by work1. Although work can be part of the cause of poor mental health, it can also be part of the solution to improving it. COVID-19 has acted as a powerful catalyst to transform the working world. For example, employees who never dreamed of working remotely and flexibly are now doing so.

BITC’s What If Your Job Was Good For You? report identifies actions employers can take to transform wellbeing at work. It contains two calls to action for employers that build on lessons learnt from the pandemic.

  1. Treat mental health and safety with the same importance as physical health and safety.
  2. Collaborate with colleagues to enable employees to create their own ‘good jobs’ within organisational parameters.

The What If Your Job Was Good for You? report was delivered in partnership with the Business in the Community Wellbeing Leadership Team and Affinity Health at Work, and supported by CIPD

Next steps

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References
  1. Business in the Community (2020) Mental Health at Work 2020: key findings.