National Inclusion Week 2020 – Making inclusion a reality

National Inclusion Week 2020 – Making inclusion a reality

National Inclusion Week 2020 – Making inclusion a reality 961 605 Sam Smith

Rapport went the extra mile this year with National Inclusion Week which took place from 28th September to 4th October this year.

The seed was planted by our EmbRace You committee and the planning quickly grew into a whole week of initiatives. It was so uplifting and inspiring to see so many Ambassadors, managers, team leaders and the head office team celebrate and promote inclusion in all its forms.

The theme for National Inclusion Week this year was about connecting with a person or organisation to help them understand the opportunity of inclusion and inspiring each other to make inclusion an everyday reality. We know that an inclusive workplace is a more productive and innovative one, but what is far more important about inclusion in the workplace is how it positively impacts our wellbeing and mental health.

Inclusivi-Tea demonstration with Restaurant Associates UK

The Rapport team and EmbRace You committee also joined our Restaurant Associates UK colleagues and Pride in Food representatives to enjoy a socially distanced Inclusivi-Tea party. It was so good to see one another in person and learn more about colleagues from across different parts of our business. We were also lucky to get some of our EmbRace You committee members together for the first time and talk all things diversity and inclusion.

Pictured are members of the EmbRace You committee

The week was full to the brim with inclusion themed activities.

On Tuesday, some Ambassadors viewed and discussed the short film Purl and how this highlights the importance of inclusion and kindness. On Wednesday, we hosted our very first Instagram live Cook-Off, where we had a real-time tiramisu demonstration and shared dishes sent in by other Ambassadors. Thursday saw many Ambassadors sharing song suggestions for our new ‘Be You At Rapport’ playlist. To conclude a fantastic week, Rapport hosted a virtual end of week celebration and a cocktail shake-along for all to enjoy.

Socially distanced afternoon Inclusivi-Tea

At this time during National Inclusion Week, we were limited in how much we could meet face to face, but that didn’t stop us having fun and spreading the message of diversity, inclusion and kindness along the way.