Specsavers’ first LGBT+ community to launch

Posted on June 03, 2019
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

At Specsavers, everybody is somebody, and as part of our ongoing commitment to be
an equal opportunities employer through our diversity and inclusion (D&I) agenda,
we're currently establishing our first LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) network, known as Specsavers Prism. This is being set up and driven by LGBT+ colleagues in the business, supported by Specsavers and the D&I programme.

Aim

Specsavers Prism aims to build a support network for all LGBT+ colleagues across the
UK and Guernsey support offices, including anyone who is home-based, enabling everyone to bring their whole selves to work.

Aligned to the global D&I agenda and working alongside the local action groups, the network will help to create a positive and supportive working environment for LGBT+ colleagues and ensure that there are visible role models at different levels of the organisation.

Why have we set up the network?

Increasing LGBT+ visibility and representation within Specsavers gives us a fantastic opportunity to shout about the pride that we have in our people. Specsavers is a proud equal opportunities employer and we would like to highlight this to our employees and customers alike.

Like many other companies, we want to ensure that all LGBT+ colleagues have a voice and feel supported in the workplace. We want to establish an LGBT+ community of people with shared characteristics and interests to promote and encourage visibility of LGBT+ issues.

How do employees benefit?

The network will help:

  • Contribute to a safe and supportive working environment for all colleagues across Specsavers
  • Employees feel confident and comfortable to be themselves and bring their whole self to work
  • LGBT+ employees feel valued and respected within the business
  • LGBT+ colleagues and their allies to offer support to other LGBT+ colleagues
  • Build a community with social catch-ups to offer solidarity and boost staff morale

While this is starting as a UK/Guernsey support office-based group, we are encouraging our employees from further afield to get in touch if they would like to join Specsavers Prism.

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