Diverse career opportunities for diverse people
At E.ON, we provide energy to millions of customers across the UK and beyond, and we never underestimate how important it is for us to be able to relate to and empathise with those customers. Not only that, but the energy industry is facing some tough challenges, and it’s only by tapping into different ideas and perspectives that we’ll be able to overcome those challenges. We also know that when our people are happy, well supported and free to be themselves, they get much more out of work.
All of that means that the diversity of our people is one of our biggest strengths. That’s why we’re committed to creating a supportive, inclusive culture in which people from all walks of life can achieve – and exceed –their potential.
“To go from where I was to a role where I’m managing and coaching 25 people across two teams is amazing. My manager at E.ON had real belief in me, working with me to understand my autism and to help me progress.”
Tamara, Business Moves Lead Advisor
So what does that mean for you?
We think you’ll notice the difference from the word go. We work hard to attract the widest possible candidate pool, and we consult with a range of disability groups to make sure our recruitment processes are fair. We even have disability champions on hand to guide our recruiters and help our candidates. If we need to make a few adjustments, we will. And when it comes down to an offer, we hire the best person. Full stop.
As soon as you start, you’ll find we’re always looking to make sure our working environment is accessible and that it meets different people’s needs.You’ll be invited to tell us what’s working and what’s not through both formal and informal channels – as well as through company wide surveys and other feedback forums.
When we get feedback we act on it. So in 2009, when our people told us that our opportunities for progression didn’t seem to be equal, we created a Diversity Leadership Group and we’ve been keeping diversity on the agenda ever since. In one of our most recent surveys, when it became clear that people with dyslexia weren’t always getting the help they needed, we enlisted the expertise of the Dyslexia Association so we could make relevant adjustments. That’s just one example – no matter what support someone needs, we’ll always do everything we can to help.
Put simply, we’ve created an open, relaxed environment in which people feel empowered to speak up about any issues they may face or help they might need. Above all, we have zero tolerance for any kind of bullying, harassment or discrimination.
“I couldn’t speak more highly of E.ON when it comes to inclusion. From the get go, I’ve been given all the equipment I need. My workstation has everything from magnification software to a mounted camera. The team culture and environment here is friendly and vibrant.”
Chris, Team Manager
The diversity dream team
We don’t live in a perfect world, there’s always room to improve. But we’ve set our goals pretty high. We have diverse networking and support groups – from the LGBT Network to the Dyslexia Community Group. We work closely and in partnership with a range of external bodies too. The Clear Company, AbilityNet, Stonewall and Employers for Carers are just a few of the organisations who are helping us to level the playing field for all sorts of different people.
We’ve also received a number of recognition awards and accolades. In 2012, we were awarded the ‘positive about disabled people’ Two Ticks symbol. Then at a Disability Employment Conference in 2013, David Cameron picked us out as an example of best practice in his keynote speech. That same year we were given the ‘Inclusive Recruitment’ award from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) and the ‘Best Diversity and Inclusion Recruitment Strategy’award at the prestigious FIRM Awards.
“I was attracted to E.ON as it is a large, forward thinking organisation with the facilities and capability to support me. Knowing that E.ON is Clear Assured with the ‘Two Ticks’ standard has enabled me to feel confident that my disability would not disadvantage me and that I’d be interviewed if I met the minimum criteria.”
Steve, Telesales Advisor
To learn more, visit our careers website today at http://www.eon-uk-careers.com/en/careers.html