Post Office is delighted to be included on the list of the Times’ top 50 employers for women – for the third time.
The list, released annually, celebrates employers who are leading the way in creating inclusive workplaces and ensuring that women are provided with the right opportunities to enable them to reach their full potential.
Post Office’s inclusion on the list follows a successful 12 months for the business: it was recognised as a Disability Confident Leader in 2017 and earlier this year, also won the Diversity and Inclusion award at the Employee Engagement Awards. The range of accolades demonstrate that the Post Office is a business committed to putting diversity and inclusion at its heart, providing support and help for all – whether that’s women, people from BAME backgrounds, the LGBT+ community, those with a disability or other minorities.
While there is undoubtedly still more for the business to do when it comes to encouraging women to reach their goals in the workplace, here are some of the activities the Post Office has undertaken over the last year to help females in the Post Office:
- Investing in an external mentoring programme for high potential women in the business in partnership with the 30% Club and Women Ahead, as well as continuing to provide internal mentoring opportunities to everyone
- Our Women in Leadership programme is growing with a number of sub groups now established in various business functions to address the specific issues/barriers for women in those areas, such as IT and Identity
- We launched our Talent Toolkit, signposting the learning and development opportunities available to all colleagues to help them progress and take ownership of their development.
- The Behaviours Toolkit was also launched, which promotes the behaviours we expect to see of our colleagues, and also make it easier to call out examples of bad behaviours
- Our gender pay gap report was published last month, where we publically committed to a target of having 50% of senior roles filled by women, and to continuing our work in this space to address the gap.
Paula Vennels, Group CEO of Post Office said:
“I am hugely passionate about ensuring the Post Office is a diverse and inclusive organisation: from a business perspective, we know that these qualities foster talent, encourage innovation, and mean we truly represent the customers we serve.
“While we are seeing more women take up senior management roles, from 35% in 2015 to 39% today – we are absolutely not complacent. There will always be more to do.
“In fact, we are already taking action to ensure that women receive all the support they need to progress here at the Post Office. This includes a greater focus on gender balanced shortlists in our recruitment process, with the aim of filling 50% of senior manager roles with women; continuing to offer female colleagues tailored mentoring to support their career progression; and greater flexible working arrangements, enabling us to better accommodate different working setups. With these plans in place, I feel excited about the opportunities for all as we move forward with building a sustainable and relevant business.”