The following Employability Equality Outcomes are intended to provide a focus for our actions over the next four years and enable the Council Family to provide adequate support to the greatest diversity of our workforce.
Our Employment Equality and Diversity Commitments [207kb] outline what we will focus on as an employer including raising employees' awareness of equality and diversity; encouraging inclusiveness in our organisation by getting people involved; and on attaining a workforce that better reflects the community we serve.
Our Equal Opportunities Policy [169kb] sets out our commitment to ensuring that all employees and potential employees are treated fairly and with respect at all stages in their employment and that no discrimination occurs during the recruitment and selection process. All applicants should be measured fairly and objectively based on their ability to meet the requirements of the job. You can find more information on our approach in our Recruitment Toolkit [328kb] .
We have developed a wide range of policies, factsheets and resources in relation to equality and diversity. Visit our Equality at Work library for full details.
As part of our activities to encourage inclusiveness and get people involved, our employee Equality & Diversity networks were developed. Each of these networks provide our employees with an opportunity to meet with similar colleagues from across the organisation, build a support network with each other, work with us to promote equality and diversity to their colleagues and to help inform future policies, procedures and activities.
All of our networks are encouraged and supported to meet regularly and to attend events and training which will further support their personal and professional development.
Our BME network was launched in November 2018 and is focused on providing members with a safe space to share ideas, discuss relevant topics and provide each other with support and to take steps together towards positive action. We are proud to champion the Council towards becoming as diverse as the population of Glasgow City.
The Carers Employee Support Network was created with the understanding that many staff have, or will at some time in the future, have caring responsibilities for an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Balancing care responsibilities with your own needs and your work responsibilities can sometimes be a challenge. As a Carer Positive organisation we will do everything we can to support our employees who are carers and have a variety of policies, procedures and guidance to support you. The carers' network runs events which tackle issues and provide information around topics that members are interested in, such as caring for someone with a particular health issue.
We appreciate that many staff have, or will at some time in the future, have caring responsibilities for an ill, frail or disable family member, friend or partner. We understand that balancing care responsibilities with your own needs and your work responsibilities can sometimes be a challenge.
As a Carer Positive organisation we will do everything we can to support our employees who are carers and have a variety, of policies, procedures and guidance to support you.
If you are a carer looking after someone or you know someone who is then come along to our Carers Support Network.
Jane MacAskill - Corporate HR
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Our Disabled Employee Peer Support network provides a supportive peer environment for our disabled employees and allies. Network events include discussion groups, consultation events, talks from inspirational speakers and disability organisations as well as informal catch ups. The network members work to raise awareness of issues which affect disabled employees and have an input to employment matters to ensure we provide a supportive and appropriate working environment for our disabled workforce. The network is key to us achieving our status as a Disability Confident Employer.
Colin McCrum - Corporate HR
Ruairí MacAonghusa - Corporate HR
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Our Women's Network provides an opportunity for women - or anyone interested in gender issues - to get together and discuss relevant topics, share ideas, insights and experiences.
The group provides a positive, supportive environment enabling members to relate to one another first and foremost as individuals.
We have developed what the network's priorities will be along with a plan of our events which will help us achieve these. If you've registered as a member of the network you'll get email updates inviting you to the events.
Corrin Strain - Organisational Development
Elaine McHugh - Corporate HR
Women's Network Principles
It's important to have shared values so that everyone knows what's expected of them and what you can expect from other people. We have developed our GCC Lean In Group Principles [221kb]Opens new window outlining our aims and the importance of confidentiality, communication and commitment.
Prism is Glasgow City Council's LGBTI+ Employee Network. The network's aims are simple: we want to attract, support and develop our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex colleagues so that they feel confident to be themselves at work. The '+' is for those who identify as asexual, pansexual, nonbinary, and any other sexual, romantic or gender identity. The network provides the opportunity for LGBTI+ colleagues - and their straight allies - to get together and discuss relevant topics, share ideas, insights and experiences.
If we can gain the courage to 'be ourselves' at work then we will be able to perform better and not worry about hiding anything. That's not only good for Glasgow City Council, but good for our own self-esteem too.
Our Network Principles & Priorities
It's important to have shared values so that everyone knows what's expected of them and what you can expect from other people. We've developed our Prism Network Principles [159kb]Opens new window, outlining our aims and the importance of confidentiality, communication and commitment.