At Mercer & Hole, people are at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to cultivating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion represented by a workforce of people who in turn represent the diverse range of clients we support.
To faithfully support our clients to the best of our ability, it is essential that we bring our life experiences, knowledge, creativity, and talents together to make it a unique place to work. We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences whether this is in age, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (which includes colour, or nationality), ethnic origin, colour, national origin, religion or belief, or sex and sexual orientation.
However, what does this mean in real terms and what are we doing to promote this? We have made a pledge to our commitment to DEI, and we have aplan in place that reflects the fact that DEI is integral to the culture of our firm and in everything we do rather than simply in the way we recruit. This includes:
Through firmwide webinars we seek to encourage DEI participation and are looking at allyships across the firm to authentically celebrate the backgrounds and interests of our diverse workforce. In this way, DEI is the responsibility of all our employees and education and communication supports this.
We seek to work with recruitment agencies who are actively pursuing candidates in areas of the market in to attract a wider, more diverse pool of candidates.
We send regular firm-wide updates to ensure all employees have information about what is going on at Mercer & Hole and to share internal news.
We have a team of Wellbeing Champions who run a rolling programme of events to create space and focus for all our employees to consider the importance of our wellbeing. We have professional wellbeing support such as with our Employee Assistance Programme, Occupational Health and all our Wellbeing Champions are trained Mental Health First Aiders being a point-of-contact for people in their teams to talk about problems they might be facing.
Agile and flexi-time working
The lockdowns have shown that we are able to function well as a firm utilising remote working. We also recognise we all need to find the right balance of working in the office and working at home and that there are further benefits from being able to work in this way. Furthermore, we trust our employees to take responsibility to work together in the most practical way to support each other to best serve the needs of our clients. This is particularly important to support our employees who are juggling the aspects of family life or physical ability in terms of travelling, but who still wish to excel at work and reach their potential. In the same way, flexi-time working is essential for employees to cope with ad-hoc commitments or problems that might crop up in the working week.
We encourage and provide opportunities to employees to volunteer for charity and community activities.
Celebrating our differences
Striving for greater diversity, equity and inclusion isn’t just limited to our practices on policy, recruitment and promotion but is integral to everything we do at Mercer & Hole including the way in which we work, our social and charity programmes, our training and professional development and even our out of work activities. We pride ourselves for our culture of trust and respect for each other and we encourage respectful communication and teamwork. It is essential that our employees feel safe, happy and supported and that they are able to work in a way that not only supports our clients but still fits in with their family and life commitments. In this way, we foster each other to fully realise our potential.
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If you think you might be interested in working for us, please do not hesitate to contact us to find out about our latest opportunities. We would love to hear from you.