Staying on top

We’re on The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list, once more

For the eighth successive year we’ve been named as one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women.

We’re proud to continue to be recognised for how diverse our workforce is and to champion the role of women throughout the business, writes Paul Smith.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most high profiled and established listing of employers who lead the way on workplace gender equality.

We first appeared on the list in 2014, and have remained a member ever since, demonstrating how we continue to create an inclusive culture where women can flourish. Females now make up 19% of our overall workforce – and that figure is rising.

Building on our gender-targeted initiatives and increasing our managers’ inclusive leadership capability, our strategy continues to focus on creating a culture where all employees are proud to play their part in delivering high-quality service to all our customers.

Each year, Business in the Community – part of the Prince’s Responsible Business Network – invites companies with a presence in the UK to apply by detailing what they are doing to work towards gender equality in their organisation.

Baroness Helena Morrissey is chair of Business in the Community’s gender equality campaign and introduced this year’s list, saying: ‘As I looked through this year’s entries, it’s been wonderful to see companies showing brave leadership to ensure they are good places for women to work – especially given all the turmoil of the past year.’

Laura Cornish is a postwoman at Mossley Hill Delivery Office (pictured) in London and a champion of women in the Royal Mail workplace. Fittingly, she wrote a piece in the spring issue of Courier – as a member of the frontline editorial panel – on this very subject. Here it is in full, in Laura’s words…

Let’s hear it for the mail females

When I joined Mossley Hill Delivery Office in November 2017, I became one of only two females in a team of 25. Being in the minority didn’t worry me. But it opened my eyes to how male- dominated an environment Royal Mail could still be.

Today, our office has more than doubled its number of women to five, reflecting Royal Mail’s overall population, which stands at a fairly respectable 19% of the workforce.

Currently, 32% of Royal Mail’s senior managers are female and the company has been named as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women. So, we’re on the right track.

While this postwoman and mother-of-three thinks there’s scope for more girl power, I’m confident that I’m part of a business that wants women to thrive.

After all, let’s not forget that, even without the trappings of equal pay or the security of post-war tenure, hundreds of thousands of women stepped up for the Post Office during the World Wars, replacing the men who’d left to join the armed forces.

We proved our worth then and we’re still proving our worth today.

30 Apr 2021