In the Chair

In the Chair

In The Chair is the first of many learning materials being created by PurpleSpace. The idea for the resource came from the hundreds of readers of the book Secrets & Big News across the public and private sector.

In Secrets & Big News we threw out 15 Big Ideas for employers and employees to try and the response we got back was overwhelming. The book triggered a new wave of conversations between senior business leaders, D&I professionals and disabled employees. We heard again and again how the messages have helped employers to look afresh at how to encourage employees to bring their authentic selves to work — what we called the third phase of change for disabled employees. We love networks and employee resource groups. They are the lifeblood for stimulating and sustaining cultural change within and across organisations up and down the UK. It wasn’t that long after the book’s launch party at BT Tower that network / ERG leaders began asking for their own professional development hub and hence the idea for PurpleSpace emerged.

In The Chair is a collection of top tips when creating and maintaining successful networks / ERGs. Of course no two networks are the same. Some will focus on the business and help the organisation to become disability confident through better policy, practice and procedure. Others will work primarily with individuals helping them navigate the lived experience of disability at work. Some do both. And of course both of these things are important. The magic happens in the sweet-space where these things interact.

At PurpleSpace we have taken the eight years of Networkology experience created by Kate Nash Associates and used it to establish a new home for sharing best practice in the establishment and growth of networks. Our aim is to support the growing community of network leaders to do what they do well – to build excitement about purple talent – to encourage folk to bring their authentic selves to work – to open up conversations about the best way to deliver workplace adjustments. Simple really. Download your copy of In The Chair here If you would prefer text copy of In The Chair please email us at information@purplespace.org.