The Reasons Why Staff Networks Can Be Incredibly Powerful for Diversity & Inclusion [Book Review]

Do you have any idea how powerful Staff Networks can be?

Find out about a book that explores this power and how you can harness it

Here are some key messages from this episode:

  • The Power of Staff Networks
  • Their potential to create value within an organisation.
  • The interdisciplinary approach required for their success and much much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode:

The Power Of Staff Networks

I describe how the book explores how Staff Networks can exert influence within an organisation:

“Staff networks have power; staff networks can be harnessed to create change. They are not just a tick box exercise to boost popularity. They genuinely have the potential to create value within an organisation”

Value Creation

I discuss how Staff Networks can enhance the outcomes for an organisation

“a beacon which can shine a light on innovation and creative cooperation cutting across all levels of an organisation”, this clearly positions staff networks as an operational entity, not just a social one.”

Interdisciplinary Approach

I explain why it’s important to draw from several fields in order to be successful:

“The book contains lots of resources from academics and frameworks from practitioners but it also makes small but regular references to management and organisational theory”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper

The Incredible Power of  Staff Networks

National Day for Staff Networks

The Power of Staff Networks website 

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE LinkedIn

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