Kate Scott-Hughes, CSRA vice-chair, writes about CSRA’s recent attendance at the Radius Staff Networks event.

David O’Connor and I recently attended the Radius Staff Networks’ Workshop launch on Friday 27th June. A full audience of over 80 staff network chairs and sponsors from over 35 organisations participated and it proved to be a good forum for networking and sharing good practice.

Hosted by HSBC, we debated best practice on how to align activity to organisational goals hearing from a panel including the CPS, PwC, Norton Rose Fulbright, HSBC and facebook. We also took part in workshops to create action plans for key areas of focus to be more successful, as well as assessing a new Radius maturity model for staff networks (get in touch if you’d like to see a copy of the model being developed by Radius).

Some of the key points from the day were; the importance of aligning the goals of the network with that of the organisation (and ensuring that the importance of diversity is recognised in the organisations’ strategy); that different diversity networks often have similar issues and more can often be achieved by working together; the need to have a strong evidence base with robust analytics to support the work of the network; that diversity is about celebrating difference in all its forms; senior staff need to talk openly and often about diversity; and that the valuable role of networks should be recognised by the organisation.

An article about the event will feature in the August issue of HR magazine.

I found it a useful session to make contacts and also appreciated the opportunity to reflect on just how mature some of our departmental and agency networks are in their alignment to business goals and role as critical friends.

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