27 September 2023
Leah shares how we promote a welcoming and inclusive culture
This National Inclusion Week, we’re sharing an experience of working at Anchor from our colleague Leah, a recruiter for people within our new care developments
Hi! I’m Leah, I’m currently a recruiter for our new care developments. I’ve recently celebrated my 5 years at Anchor since starting back in 2019 as a HR Apprentice. The best part of my job has to be working with homes and their teams, learning more about care and building relationships.
From my own personal experience at Anchor, it’s a very inclusive environment. For as long as I can remember I’ve had chronic anxiety. It got to the point where I needed to take some time off from work and focus on myself, my manager has supported me along the way. I was able to make use of reasonable adjustments such as flexibility in my shifts to attend therapy sessions, as well as being able to spend less time in the office. I’ve really felt that I can be comfortable being my whole self at Anchor because I’ve been thoroughly supported by my team and manager at every step.
Additionally, Anchor also promotes a very inclusive and welcoming mindset. Having never really educated myself in depth regarding LGBTQ+ History, it was wonderful to have learnt so much from our Rainbow Network especially during Pride month.
Building communities through Anchor's Colleague Networks
The colleague networks at Anchor have so much to offer. From what I can see as a whole, though, they build communities within the organisation and create new relationships between colleagues from different parts of the business. They also help to work towards giving everyone an equal platform to be exactly who they want to be.
The reason I joined the Inclusive Ambassadors network was because I knew I could be doing more. There is always opportunity to take the responsibility to educate myself about important subjects surrounding Diversity and Inclusion and to challenge behaviours. I’ve recently volunteered to be one of the co-chairs of this network which has been a main focus for the past several months. Up until now, I’ve not taken part in many D&I activities, so I’m very keen to get involved in National Inclusion Week this year and get really involved with what the other networks are doing as well as promoting inclusion across the business!
We ensure that dignity and respect are central to the way we work, and that the unique contributions of our colleagues and residents are valued and celebrated. To learn more about our approach to Diversity and Inclusion, click here.
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