Inclusion at …

The John Lewis Partnership boldly puts the happiness of Partners at the centre of everything it does.

Read on to find out more about inclusion at the Partnership.

Why is it important to the John Lewis Partnership to employ disabled people?

People are our greatest resource! We very much want to create an environment where all can contribute to the highest level. We benefit from people with different experiences and skills. Plus, research has indicated that the best people are attracted to diverse environments. We want the best!  Being diverse and inclusive is at the heart of our Partnership. It’s part of our commitment to the wider wellbeing of our communities. And it’s crucial for our commercial advantage and future success.

Apart from advertising on Evenbreak, how else have you made your recruitment process accessible and inclusive?

We offer a range of adjustments during our recruitment process. It’s essential to ensure that every candidate can perform to the best of their ability.  For example, we regularly offer alternative ‘working interviews’ to candidates who may struggle with traditional interviews. We also make adjustments and provide support with online testing on a regular basis. It all depends what the individual needs.

Do you offer flexible working?

We support flexible working across the business.  Flexible working means we meet both the needs of the Partnership and gives Partners a work-life balance. This supports us in achieving our ultimate purpose – the happiness of our members. Flexible working means different things to different people, so we offer a range of options. These include compressed hours, part time working, job sharing, term time contracts and adjusted start and finish times.

What else do you offer disabled employees?

We ensure all managers receive diversity training and work with a cultural calendar. We also have a range of Partnership Networks which include the Ability Network, Working Parents Network, Pride in the Partnership and the Faith and Belief Network. All Partners in the business can access coaching and mentoring to support their own development.

Have you been recognised for inclusion?

The Partnership was pleased to achieve Disability Confident Leader status this year. Inclusion is an integral aspect of the Partnership and we’ll continue to make inclusion a priority.

In a nutshell, why would a disabled candidate choose to apply to the John Lewis Partnership?

From its earliest days, the Partnership set out to be an inclusive employer. You’d be joining a working culture based on honesty, respect and encouragement to achieve your full potential. The retail environment is facing some unprecedented challenges at present, but we believe recruiting candidates from a diverse range of talent will enable us to thrive and succeed going forward. Give us a chance and be part of something special.

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