Here at Southern Housing Group, we want our people to be at the heart of everything we do. Our teams make us what we are today – and that’s why we want Southern Housing Group to be a happy and safe place for every colleague whatever their role across the Group. Our culture and values are really important to us – they are part of our corporate DNA. We are proud to be a business with social values and we want to attract people into the Group who also get this and want to be a part of what we are aiming to achieve. We want Southern Housing Group to be an exciting place to work and one which encourages and celebrates the rich diversity of backgrounds, cultures and experience.
Our approach to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion is that “it’s ok to be you” and we really mean it. We all want Southern Housing Group to be a great place to achieve our aspirations with an exciting future ahead of all of us. Our People Strategy will help us with a framework to make it happen.
We’re disability confident – and you should be too
As a disability confident employer, we’re committed to ensuring that applicants with disabilities feel comfortable when applying for one of our roles. Should you need any special assistance during the recruitment process, just let us know and we’ll be happy to meet your requirements. You should feel confident that we’ll do whatever we can to ensure you have the best recruitment experience possible to maximise your chances of success.
We’re mindful of your wellbeing
At Southern Housing Group, we care about our colleagues and take all reasonable steps to ensure their health, safety and wellbeing at work. The Group is committed to investing and supporting a culture of health and wellbeing. We’re proud to say we have signed the Mindful Employer Charter where we’ve pledged to be aware of the importance of maintaining the mental wellbeing of our colleagues and improving the working lives of our people. We also have a variety of in-house programmes, initiatives and information available for colleagues to tap into to support and look after their wellbeing.
Our customers are from all different walks of life, and so are our colleagues. Our differences are what makes us stronger and more united as a company. Diversity is something to be celebrated – as humans, we learn a lot from others, so if we were all the same, we would never develop and grow. A diverse workforce can bring an array of different life skills and experiences to help us to think outside the box, and to help us to better understand our customers’ needs so we can improve the services we deliver. We work with a variety of diversity groups to make sure we’re doing all we can to offer a work environment that’s inclusive and accessible to all, such as The Women’s Network, PRISM, BAME; and we continually look to connect with other external stakeholders to make our ED&I strategy even stronger. We like to challenge the stereotypes to build a workforce which is broadly diverse and highly skilled. To remove any unconscious bias from the recruitment process, we restrict any ED&I information on job application forms to Recruitment Team members only and diversify the interview panel members where possible.
It’s important that our colleagues know that they have a voice that will be heard, and that they can be comfortable in their own skin whilst at work. Our ED&I strategy allows colleagues to feel empowered to express themselves in their own way without prejudice. In particular, our accreditation as a Stonewall Diversity Champion shows the LGBTQA+ community that the Group is a safe place where it really is OK to be you!