Inclusion and Diversity at Maximus
Maximus UK is committed to an inclusive working environment where colleagues feel valued and empowered to learn, grow and thrive.
As part of this commitment, Maximus UK has worked with colleagues at all levels of the business to develop an Inclusion and Diversity framework, an ambitious strategy to drive our positive work culture in which all colleagues feel respected, valued and included.
The framework is led by a new Inclusion and Diversity Board, co-chaired by Isoken Idahosa, who joined Maximus UK in early 2019 as a Functional Nurse Assessor.
“In my new role I get to influence change and do work that impacts people’s lives, which is very rewarding. Maximus UK is a diverse and inclusive company that values its workforce, and we are now taking this forward through the four focus areas of our Inclusion and Diversity agenda: Creating an Inclusive Culture, Talent & Development, Recruitment & Onboarding, and Targeted Action.
“The objective is to ensure that we’re a diverse company at every level, and in particular strive for greater representation of black and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+ and disabled colleagues in senior roles, bringing different perspectives to our business and ensuring we better reflect the diverse communities we serve. The agenda also aims to increase internal promotion for people from diverse backgrounds, and we will be seeking relevant accreditations; for instance, Stonewall Workplace Equality accreditation to improve the working environment for LGBTQ+ colleagues.
“As the first targeted action on this agenda, the I&D Board recently launched MaxWomen, a new network to empower female colleagues to succeed within the business, through which we are reviewing the recruitment and promotion process and networking and mentoring opportunities with input from colleagues and Inclusion and Diversity leads from across the business.
“A mentoring programme for under-represented groups as part of the ‘Talent and Development’ workstream was also recently introduced, and other colleague-led networks are currently in development, with groups focusing on LGBTQ+, disability and faith.
“Ultimately, we want colleagues to be able to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work and be fully accepted. There have been exciting developments in the few short months since this process began - and I’m very confident that the framework will be successful.”
Maximus is a global business and our work to improve inclusion and diversity is a global effort. Maximus CEO Bruce Caswell recently committed to two new initiatives: CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion, a CEO-driven business group committed to advancing diversity and inclusion within the workplace, and The Valuable 500, the global movement putting disability inclusion on the business leadership agenda.
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