Summary

  • A gender balance improvement plan, based on a four-year strategy with clear vision and goals.
  • External website redesigned to attract more diverse candidates and to emphasise Atkin’s commitment to gender diversity.
  • Industry-leading flexible working policies and practices introduced:
    • Raised awareness through a suite of nine videos.
    • Hiring managers are encouraged to think about what is possible with regard to flexible working.
    • Candidates can filter their job search for jobs with flexible working opportunities.
  • All job descriptions were reviewed to make sure they mentioned collaborative behaviours.
  • Programmes are developed to use blended learning to accommodate different working patterns, and to minimise the nights spent away from home.
  • Recruitment suppliers committed to diversity and inclusion (D&I) plan as part of their contract.
  • Diversity awareness training included in the learning and development portfolio, and any other training programmes targeted at team leaders or Managers  incorporate an element of diversity awareness.
  • Four day Women’s Development Programme developed.
  • Senior women supported in gaining external recognition through awards and internal recognition for any special project successes or areas that could be showcased.
  • Exit interviews conducted with all female managers to understand reasons for leaving.

Diversity and inclusion themes