Activities and objectives

An outline of the activities that support Diversity and Equality at the Met Office and our Diversity objective.

Diversity activities

Diversity declaration

Employee Diversity Declaration was launched in January 2012 with an explanation of why the data was required, what it would be used for and how privacy would be protected. Our employees were invited to complete information on Disability, Race, Religion and Belief and Sexual orientation as fully as they felt comfortable with via Yourself (our HR self service system). We achieved an excellent response rate.

Declaration rates as at 31 January 2012

Disability

Race

Religion and Belief

Overall declaration rate

70%*71%*71%*70%*

Choose not to declare

03%8%7%

No response

30%29%29%30%

Sexual Orientation

(* includes 'choose not to declare')

Employee surveys

Our Employee Attitude Survey (EAS) is carried out annually and forms part of the overall Civil Service People Survey.  Year on year the results on Diversity related questions have improved. Our Directors and Senior Managers are committed to acting on the results of the survey and each year we look at the results by business area and focus on areas for improvement and put into place EAS action plans.

Diversity related questions

2010

2011

2012

2013

Employee overall response rate

78%80%78%82%
I think that the Met Office respects individual differences (e.g. cultures, working styles, backgrounds, ideas, etc.)73%77%81%81%
I am treated fairly at work **81%84%83%
I am treated with respect by the people I work with **87%89%89%

During the past 12 months, have you personally experienced discrimination at work?

10%8%8%7%

During the past 12 months, have you personally experienced bullying or harassment at work?

10%9%7%7%

** New questions in 2011

Diversity training

All employees complete 'Understanding Diversity' training (a half day course) as part of the organisation's induction. Employees are required to refresh this training every three years. Line Managers are required to complete a one day Diversity training course; again this training is to be refreshed every three years.

Dignity at Work Team

A team of Met Office employees have volunteered and been trained to carry out this important role. The Met Office will not tolerate harassment, bullying or discrimination of any kind and is committed to creating a work environment free of harassment, bullying and discrimination where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Team Members can:

  • provide counselling support to staff who feel that they have not been treated with dignity and respect at work;
  • provide guidance and support on the Met Office's policy and procedure;
  • support employees as they decide on their preferred course of action;
  • support employees who wish to make a complaint;
  • provide counselling support to employees who have had an informal or formal compliant made against them.

British sign language (BSL) classes

Voluntary lunchtime classes take place at our Exeter HQ; with the option to convert that learning to an externally recognised qualification Signature. This provides employees with skills they can use in both their working and private lives to support individuals with hearing impairments.

Diversity objective

Aim: Improving our knowledge of the Met Office workforce

Improving our knowledge of our employees by the diversity declaration data collected; and the benchmarking and analysis we will carry out on that data.

This will enable the Met Office to:

  • have a greater understanding of the diversity of its workforce;
  • understand the impacts on particular groups as the data on groups will be robust;
  • set and measure progress towards Diversity goals.

This will enable employees to:

  • feel confident in disclosing their diversity data due to an improved understanding of the use of the data and the importance of it in significant decision-making.

Last updated: 26 June 2014