A diverse workforce

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At Optivo, Diversity isn’t a quota or a tick box exercise but a vital part of our culture.

We live in a diverse world, we provide services to a diverse group of residents and we want our teams to reflect that.

We embrace cultural diversity and value the strengths it brings us as an organisation and as One Team. We understand that colleagues who feel they can be themselves at work will also be happier and more productive.

We’re proud to have signed up to the ‘10 by 2020’ challenges set out by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). This is challenging the housing sector to improve its record on leadership and diversity by 2020. You can read more about this on the CIH website.

We also sponsor The Leadership 2025 initiative which aims to address the imbalance of BME (Black and minority ethnic) professionals in leadership roles across the sector by offering an intensive nine-month business school accredited programme and mentoring with the aim of preparing them to become the sector leaders of the future.

We’re members of the Housing Diversity Network (HDN) and provide mentoring opportunities for colleagues each year, opening doors to new experiences and opportunities from across the sector.

We support a number of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion networks, are members of Stonewall and work every day to create a fully inclusive environment for everyone.

We’re a Disability Confident employer and are absolutely committed to getting the right people for the right job no matter their characteristics.


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Channels for change

We want to be recognised as sector leaders in our approach to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Our Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Groups are leading the way and act as a sounding board for our internal and external stakeholders.

The groups are dedicated to helping everyone at Optivo feel they can be themselves and see their differences as a strength rather than a barrier to success.

We also have support to ensure individuals from protected groups have specific forums for discussion and channels to initiate change.

These currently include:

  • PROUD network - Our forum for LGBTQ+ staff and allies looks to raise the profile and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues across the organisation and in our communities. It's a great way to meet new people and allows our staff to discuss matters of interest to them.

  • Women at Work network - Members act as champions for female colleagues across Optivo. They support, empower and encourage by helping them to tackle issues that affect them in the workplace.

  • BAME network - We’re committed to the achievement of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity. Our BAME group is a vital part in this as members celebrate diversity by promoting cultural activities and champion campaigns that tackle issues raised by the group. 

  • Multi-faith network - Building good relationships between people of different faiths and beliefs helps us to promote diversity, mutual respect and understanding across the organisation.

  • Wellbeing network - We look to promote a culture that encourages the wellness of Optivo employees. Our Wellbeing group looks to increase organisation wide understanding of wellbeing by sharing knowledge and leading on a number of activities for all colleagues to get involved in. 


What do our team think about inclusion?

We like to think Optivo is a diverse place to work that encourages equality and inclusion in everything we do.

But don't just take our word for it! Here are some quotes from those that work here...

Christianah:

IMAGE: Christianah works for Optivo“At Optivo, I feel the freedom to be myself and I think that’s because we’re such a diverse organisation.

Diversity, for me, is a range of cultures, peoples and personalities working together with a mutual respect and understanding.”

Rommel:

IMAGE: Rommel works for Optivo“I’ve always felt like I’ve been listened to and my views count.

Optivo has supported me to achieve my aspirations.

I’m proud to work for an organisation that knows a diverse workforce is one of its greatest strengths.”

Sharon:

IMAGE: Sharon works for Optivo“I love that there's a recognised programme (Leadership 2025) specifically designed for BAME to assist with applying for director and chief exec positions.”