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Diversity in the Workplace

At UnitBirwelco, we are proud to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace.

United. UnitBirwelco have three divisions across the UK, operating on this scale opens opportunities to be representative of all and create a culture in which everyone feels part of. Despite being separate physical locations, our business operates efficiently as a group through maintaining effective and transparent daily communications.

Non-discriminatory. We ensure all employees are aware of acceptable behavior in the workplace. No one should be discriminated against based on a protected characteristic and our HR manager is actively on board to investigate any complaints appropriately.

Inclusive. As a group, we consist of a diverse range of individuals. We operate in a working environment in which everyone feels respected, accepted, supported, and valued. We actively encourage participation from everyone in daily operations and decision making, fostering an inclusive culture.

Talent pool. Our research shows heterogeneous teams often have a wider range of ideas than homogeneous teams. In the current work climate (including the impact of Covid-19), businesses are expected to be agile therefore diversity is key to remain competitive and innovative. As a result, it is highly important the hiring process is exclusively based on talent, rather than other characteristics.

Belonging. According to Maslow, one of the psychological needs of human beings is the feeling of belongingness. Everyone wants to feel a part of something whether it be a family, social group or organisational culture, the feeling matters. We hope to create a sense of belonging by encouraging team building and friendship formation within the company. We continually train managers to create an open forum for any discussions.

Impartial. We may all think of ourselves as unbiased however, unconscious biases refer to hidden thought patterns we may not be aware of. Often these thoughts are assumptions or stereotypes that prevent us from making objective decisions (based on facts). For example, according to The Implicit Association test 70% of people associate men with career and women with family. At UnitBirwelco, we promote training, so our employees recognise these patterns and learn to overcome them.

Responsible. To enable change, it is significant that businesses and individuals address and challenge any injustices. For businesses, it is all about taking responsibility to act and for individuals taking personal responsibility for one's thoughts and actions.

Welcoming. We pride ourselves on supporting a welcoming team environment. Each individual receives a thorough induction to ensure they are comfortable with their job role and has a chance to meet team members.

The initial support continues throughout the role through regular check-ins with their manager to track progress.

Equality. UnitBirwelco is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation, protected by law. Although these characteristics exist, gender inequality is still an extensive issue in organisations therefore there is great need for commitment and improvement.

Loyalty. We are continually developing a working environment in which all employees want to stay and contribute towards. Championing opportunities for career progression is a step in the right direction to try and retain individuals.

Change. Although small changes have been made, the large proportion of employers still have a long road ahead to increase equality, diversity, and inclusion. UnitBirwelco aspire to become change-catalysts, through establishing a vision, a strategy and motivating employees to deliver outcomes. Taking action is what fosters change!

Open. UnitBirwelco continues to drive towards creating an organisational culture of openness and acceptance. We strive to maintain an open work environment for all our employees, irrespective of any characteristics. To help our employees develop their talents, we offer challenging roles with opportunities for development in an open business environment.

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