We all have a moral code, which is derived from our cultural, community and religious influences. It is this moral code that National Grid firmly believes enriches our performance and drives business success.
In faith@work we ensure that every individual, irrespective of their faith or beliefs, feel that they:
- are valued, included and respected for who they are and what they believe
- can express their faith in a sensitive manner that does not denigrate any other party
- are being fairly treated (organisational justice)
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We also recognise that current and future employees come from a variety of faith backgrounds and beliefs, and so we all need to:
- respect people for who they are, no matter what their faith or beliefs
- understand and appreciate what’s important to them as individuals
- encourage employees from different backgrounds to be themselves, rather than having to leave part of their diverse character and beliefs at home
“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” – Rumi (13th-century Persian poet)
There is a business case for recognising different faiths and beliefs at work
It’s clearly beneficial to support and encourage people from different faiths in our organisation, as it helps us in our quest to be an ‘employer of choice’ and enables the organisation to:
- attract and retain a diverse mix of employees that is more representative of the communities that we operate in
- access a wider range of individuals from an increasingly diverse population, therefore increasing our ability to overcome recruitment bottlenecks
Additionally, under RIIO we are directly measured on how we treat our customers.
Mo Ajaz, faith@work Chair, says: “Learning from the cultural, community and religious influences of colleagues will clearly help us to understand and deliver an enhanced service to the communities that we serve.”
Many managers are starting to realise just how little they really do know and understand about their team members’ diversity of faith and sets of beliefs. Without this knowledge and appreciation, it’s almost impossible to give and get the best out of people.
faith@work aims to bring together employees to hold events to celebrate and educate colleagues.
As a company that is clearly committed to bringing inclusion and diversity to life, we wish to actively support the goals and vision of the UK Interfaith Network to build good relationships between people of different faiths and beliefs at work.