Why The National Day for Staff Networks Is So Important For Inclusion [Interview]

Today I’m speaking with Cherron Inko- Tariah, Abdul Rob, Rasheed Ogunlaru and Jerome Williams. They are the National committee for the National Day for Staff Networks.

Wednesday 9th May is the second time this annual event is taking place in the UK and as you can imagine, here at the resource groups podcast are proud to support a day that celebrates the ongoing work of staff networks.

Whether you call them staff networks, resource groups or another term that you find more appropriate, we are all part of a growing community and the National Day for Staff Networks is an important part of bringing us all together.

This is an interesting show because it’s less about me asking questions and very much allowing the conversation to flow. Each member of the committee has a depth of experience that makes this a unique and rich episode of the show that goes way beyond what you might expect.

In todays show we discuss several things including:

  • Why the National Day for Staff Networks is needed
  • How Staff Networks make work better
  • How you can get involved with the National Day for Staff Networks and much much more

Here’s some of what we share in the show:

Staff networks are concerned with human beings:

Cherron Inko- Tariah explains how networks serve to remind organisations about the importance of their people as a resource for reaching their objectives:

“What networks try and remind organisations is that you still have humans at the heart of what you’re trying to achieve”

Staff networks provide business intelligence:

Jerome Williams describes how staff networks can provide important information relevant to business operations:

“It just shows the level of intelligence that the networks bring to the table. I do see them as the heartbeat of any organisation and they are the ones who keep a check on the pulse”

Diverse Perspectives

Cherron Inko- Tariah describes how staff networks are useful for challenging existing ways of thinking:

“Board members and networks need to keep asking themselves: What perspective isn’t in the room?


If you want a quick snapshot of what the episode is about, I’ve created some slides that you may find interesting 


The National Day for Staff Networks 2018 takes place on Wednesday 9th May!!

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Show notes

Here are some selected links to for the resources and reports I discuss in the episode.

The National Day for Staff Networks

National Day for Staff Networks Twitter

The Power of Staff Networks

The Power of Staff Networks Twitter

Cherron Inko-Tariah on Linkedin

Jerome Williams on Linkedin

Homes England

Abdul Rob on Linkedin

Sugar Media & Marketing

Black History Month

Rasheed Ogunlaru

Rasheed Ogunlaru on Linkedin

Rasheed Ogunlaru Facebook Page

Soul Trader

The Elements of Inclusion #4

Leaders must collaborate innovatively to leverage cultural expertise and drive business performance.

  • Why inclusive outcomes are driven by innovation
  • How developing a business case for diversity and inclusion specific to your organisation is a competitive advantage
  • Why novelty is at the heart of your inclusion journey

The Elements of Inclusion #3

Leaders must establish systems to ensure that everyone shares the same advantages and benefits. These processes will create incentives for inclusive behaviours.

  • How to augment your team with the tools and insights they need to prevent structural disadvantage
  • Why reinforcing generative norms ensures everyone belongs in the organisation
  • How inclusive representations can be embedded to promote an inclusive culture

The Elements of Inclusion #2

Leaders must redefine career development relationships to support inclusive performance.
  • Why traditional mentor relationships must be revised for an inclusive workplace
  • How leaders must embrace networks of developmental relationships for individual growth
  • Why established workplace norms must evolve for inclusion in the modern workplace

The Elements of Inclusion #1

Leaders must properly socialise people and socialise inclusive ideas by providing an environment for the cultural learning needed for an active role in an inclusive organisation

  • How your socialisation processes must evolve to encourage the sustainable cultivation of inclusive competencies
  • Why Leaders must consistently negotiate the line between organisational commitment and personal authenticity to promote performance
  • How developing intersectional self awareness can help leaders to leverage individual employee experiences