This year’s National Day for Staff Networks took place on Wednesday 11th May 2022 marking 6 years of celebrating networks. This is the world’s only nationwide day dedicated to recognising networks/resource groups and the incredible value they add to the workplace. The next National Day for Staff Networks is Wednesday 10th May 2023
Networks are all about people; they are about progressive change; they are all about supporting the employee journey and inspiring a feeling of belonging.
The purpose of the National Day for Staff Networks is to shine a light and recognise the multiple benefits that staff networks/resource groups offer and in so many cases offer their organisation. Research in 2020/21 showed that 51% of workers wanted to join a network as they returned to working in shared physical spaces. Nearly 40% of organisations relied on their networks to keep them informed on the wellbeing of employees.
We know that networks have the potential to grow and function at both operational and strategic levels. Many networks strive to be seen by those who need them and heard by those in decision making spaces. Indeed, “A strong employee voice is the cheapest smoke alarm that organisations can install”. Alas, some organisations have neglected the batteries in these cost saving alarms – rendering them silent. It’s time for viable, visible, voices to renew that attention and recharge what happens next.
That is why the theme for our 6th National Day for Staff Networks in 2022 is: #ViableVisibleVoices
|Viable||How do you work successfully and intersectionally to deliver change?
What is your potential to grow or function effectively and efficiently?
|How have you created the right environment for your networks to be successful?|
|Visible||Do people know you exist?
How are you seen by the organisation?
Do you have a seat at the table?
|Are your networks constantly or frequently in your line of sight (unobstructive vision)?|
|Voices||How do you collaborate with other networks as a community to amplify blended voices to deliver progressive change?||Do you really listen to your networks? Can you hear what is being said? Are your ‘batteries’ fully charged?|
(or as we like to call it, our Family Album)
See photos from networks across the UK celebrating their day! We want to see your photos from 2022 so please tweet to @day4networks #leadforchange #ViableVisibleVoices
Here are 10 top tips to help you celebrate:
This is a great opportunity for all networks/ERGs in your organisation to come together as a community to shout about how you: boost inclusion, challenge bias; influence behaviour. Celebrate your achievements and think about launching something in the organisation.
Even using one of the social media banners can help promote the day. Download our banners Why not try one of our brilliant profile badges...and if you're doing a virtual event, we even have a virtual background.
Use the Pledge cards to engage colleagues and friends via social media using #ViableVisibleVoices and #ViableVisibleVoices2022
Tell the world how proud the organisation is of their networks/ERGs. How did they support staff during COVID? How will they continue to support the organisation as it fosters inclusion and belonging.
Why not use your talents to write a poem about Networks Day or the theme, #ViableVisibleVoices? Send us your verses, limericks and compositions to us. Need inspiration? Take a look at this.
Many groups and organisations nationwide use the logo to align activity and demonstrate commitment. For example - at events; in presentations; on social media; general branding and awareness raising; in email signatures, CEO messaging etc
Tell us how you will be celebrating the day. Register your network/organisation so that we add you to the list of celebrants.
Chairpersons, CEOs and Executive Leadership Team Directors of formal entities who actively support networks and help make work better. Be inspired by our networks champions page.
Submit images of your celebrations and #ViableVisibleVoices activity, especially your Networks day co-branded imagery, for potential inclusion on the website.