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Inclusion and Engagement Partner, Brandon

Brandon McGonigle is the Group’s Inclusion and Engagement Partner. Here, we spend a day with him to see what his job entails…

I work from home, so I log on to my laptop, ready to start work. As with every morning, I spend the first hour going through my emails, making sure I’m up-to-date with any queries and new work that comes my way.

Next up is our People Services Team catch-up. We each share what projects we’ve been working on, and what else we have coming up. This helps us to keep the team updated on each other’s work, and often there’ll be a member of the team who can help with something you’re already working on.

After the meeting, I take some time to check Our Colleague Voice. This is a platform where our colleagues can share anything they like with the business – successes, concerns, ideas, or anything else. Part of my role is to manage Our Colleague Voice and respond to, and assist, our colleagues with their submissions. After checking this, I spend the rest of my time before lunch working on our Best Companies survey. Best Companies is an organisation that provides accreditations based on good practice, and I’m leading on this year’s survey launch. We’re aiming to get many useful insights from the survey to help us further improve our organisation.

It’s lunch time!

Man smiling next to a laptop

I check my emails again for anything new that has come in and respond to them. I then spend the afternoon working on my projects. This obviously varies week to week. Last week, I spent some time reviewing policies and completing reports for our external auditors.

Time for another check of my emails, to make sure I’ve not missed anything. There are no urgent emails today, so I write a post to go on Workplace, our internal social media platform. It’s National Inclusion Week at the time of writing, and as my role includes promoting and celebrating initiatives such as this, I focus on this for my post. I share some resources on Workplace, along with some promotion for Our Colleague Voice, to remind colleagues of the platform. I also ask colleagues what kind of inclusion initiatives and tools they’d like to see from us, and I’ve had some emails this afternoon with some brilliant ideas from our colleagues. I find that an open approach to engagement is the best way to go, as no single person has all the answers, and our colleagues are great at sharing their ideas to help us constantly improve.

As the end of the working day approaches, I start to wrap up my work on my projects. I’ll be picking them up again tomorrow, so I want to leave them in a good place. One last check of my emails, then I start planning my to-do list for tomorrow as I like to be prepared.

It’s the end of the day! I know what I’ll be working on tomorrow, but it’s now time to relax.

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