Integrating diversity within Farnell element14 is not just about having policies, processes, goals and objectives on diversity in place, it is about changing the way people think about diversity. We want everyone to feel fully included and that their talents are recognised and used. Our vision is “to create a culture where everyone feels respected and valued and can contribute their full potential.” And our aim is to be an inclusive employer, recognised for our commitment both internally and externally becoming an employer of choice and a magnet for talent.
Farnell element14 won the 2013 National Diversity Awards “Diverse Company of the Year” award. The award “identifies a company that employ a diverse workforce and is better able to understand the demographics of the marketplace it serves and whose goals are to reassure and encourage people from the most deprived areas to further their careers”. Farnell element14 won because we “showcased an outstanding contribution of team delivery for influencing change in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion. The company’s commitment to ensuring all employees are aware of what diversity means to them has been well evidenced through their diversity portal. A remarkable array of nominations demonstrates the great strides Farnell element14 have made to putting diversity at the forefront of their values.”
Premier Farnell plc is a global leader in high service distribution of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair.
We put people at the heart of our organisation; people are our differentiator. Our success depends on the quality and performance of all our people and we value the individuality, diversity and creativity that every employee brings to our business.
See our careers website on: http://www.premierfarnell.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion and our employee testimonials on: http://www.premierfarnell.com/careers/employee-testimonials
Diversity is not about creating a level playing field and treating everyone equally; it is about acknowledging difference and treating everyone fairly – taking into account those differences.
We believe fair treatment is fundamental – unless people are treated with dignity and respect they will not feel valued.
What are we doing?
At Farnellelement14, we want to create a diverse, empowered and engaged workforce. The diversity of our employees, underpinned by our high performance attributes will drive the further success of the business. We have Multi Faith contemplation rooms in some of our sites, a Muslim network group, Diversity Team, Parent and carer network groups, European Women’s network group, LGBT network group. We have Cultural Coffee mornings for new starters to learn about Diversity and Inclusion at Farnellelemnt14 and Diversity Open Days where people can learn more about different cultures, countries and religions.
We have won some awards for our work in diversity but we are on a journey, so don’t just take our word for it! Our people can tell you what it is like working for Farnell element14!
Nav Ahmed – EU Compliance Co-ordinator shares his experience of how Farnellelement14 has supported his work life balance and his community activities.
Nav is married with two boys and has been with Farnellelement14 for 13 years. He is an active member of the Diversity Team in Europe and the Muslim Network group
‘Farnell element14 has allowed me flexibility over my working hours which has given me some free time to support a teaching class of misguided & under achieving kids from my local community & also attend the congregational Friday afternoon prayers from 12.30pm to 3.00pm’
Some quotes from employees on our approach to flexible working:
“‘Farnell element14 has allowed me flexibility over my working hours which has given me some free time to support a teaching class of misguided & under achieving kids from my local community & also attend the congregational Friday afternoon prayers from 12.30pm to 3.00pm”
“My manager has been very supportive in ensuring I have an excellent work life balance. In many ways I have the best of both worlds, I get to spend plenty of time with my children and also thrive in a job I love at a great place to work.”
“After my Dad died I noticed my Mum was struggling…. I did all I could on a weekend but also look after my Daughter and trying to get jobs done and keep an eye on Her proved to be difficult. I asked my Manager if I could alter my hours and was fully supported by the company. With the additional flexibility I can get the jobs done to support my Mum as well as play a key role in the Publishing Team.”
Quotes from female employees about working for Farnell element14 in logistics:
“I joined Farnell element14 one year ago. It was the possibility to discover a new world in logistics. Working here is much more than sending several components a day to several customers. It is to meet the customer satisfaction; making sure that they will continue to choose us as the best service provider; and to guarantee this, you need to make sure that you have motivated staff.
Farnell’s commitment is certainly to develop all employees the all year long by providing all support, mentoring by giving them the possibility to innovate, to create, to progress,….
And thanks to Farnell Element14, an International company, it offers me a network level, another dimension, another possibility….and everything in parallel with my personal life, being mother of 4 children.”
Isabelle Perin – Outbound Manager Farnell Element 14 Liege, Belgium
“I have a real passion for logistics and transport. I chose to study it because I enjoyed the subjects taught: organisation, planning, operational research and geography and I have never looked back. Logistics is exciting and challenging, there is never one day that is the same. My role at Farnell Element14 is fulfilling in that respect especially because I get involved with so many aspects of the Business.
There still aren’t enough young girls who choose this career path. This is possibly due to the industry’s image as it is seen as not compatible with raising a family, but when I joined Farnell 5 years ago with 3 young children (18 months to 5 years old then), the company allowed me to work reduced hours and has always been very accommodating with my requests for changing hours. This has allowed me to combine a job that I love with caring for my young family. I have received all the training, guidance and support I needed to ensure that I keep up with developments in my field.”
Aude Flindall – Logistics Analyst, Europe
“I joined Farnell as Inbound Operations Manager in November 2010. I was given the opportunity in April 2011 to step up into the Outbound Manager’s role. In December 2011 I went on maternity leave. Upon returning, the business really supported me in what was a life changing experience – I dropped back into the Inbound Operations Manager role which suited my work life balance. The opportunity then came up for me to move into the quality role which was an area that closed off all areas within the warehouse giving me a full end to end understanding of the process. Just recently I have been given a further opportunity expanding my remit of responsibility as Quality and Operations manager. I cannot fault Farnell for the development and opportunities they have given me. Being a full time working mum can be quite stressful, however the business have supported me and have allowed me to go at my own pace. I feel that I am ready to take the next step in my career and this has been recognised by the business which is fully supporting me in my development.”
Kate Goodyear – Quality and Operations Manager, Maybrook
“I began my career at Farnell in Outbound sales and am now a Shift Manager, working in distribution which is a completely different challenge for me. I am a member of a great team which works closely to achieve its objectives and targets and focuses strongly on providing excellent service. While I am settling in to my new role I am receiving all the support I need from my colleagues and managers. I am feeling respected and appreciated. One of the keys of being part of an international organisation is being flexible and adaptable. Farnell is a place where people’s aspirations are welcomed and actively encouraged. “
Ildiko Clarke – Shift Manager, Maybrook
For further information please contact Catherine Kirkland, Global Diversity Specialist (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Careers website: http://www.premierfarnell.com/careers/diversity-and-inclusion
Employee testimonials: http://www.premierfarnell.com/careers/employee-testimonials
Some quotes from our employees as to why they voted for us in the recent National Diversity Awards:
“I voted as I believe I work in an organisation where diversity is a way of life, there is an inclusive culture and we welcome everyone on their own merits,” said Alison Sutcliffe, BCC Service and eChannels Manager UK and Ireland.
HR Advisor Suzana Sidelska said “I have nominated Farnell element14 for the National Diversity award as we have dedicated time and resources and have seen an amazing shift in Farnell element14 becoming a truly diverse best place to work. All employees are so committed to supporting local communities and charities and the business encourages us to contribute. Our diversity portal shows our commitment to ensuring all employees and new starters are aware of what diversity means to us. On an annual basis we all have the opportunity to understand different cultures as we hold the Diversity Open day. I love the opportunities here as we can all create or contribute towards something or a make a difference to someone. I’m also pleased that we have also recently created a parent/carer group and our first networking session was a great success!”
Amy Marrington, Commercial Sales Executive, “I voted for the National Diversity Awards because I have recently returned from maternity leave and the company has been flexible to ensure my personal childcare commitments are accommodated. I work three days a week, one of these from home.”
Some shared why they enjoyed working in an environment where there was a variety of different cultures and you could learn from each other.
CRM Technical Administrator Naz Khan, “I voted because I am a member of the diversity team and have been able to be a part of progressing diversity though the organisation. I love organising the diversity dinners every month where all different cultures come together to try different foods.”
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