At Santander UK we aim to be the place all our people feel they belong and are supported to succeed. This support includes how we look after those colleagues who identify as having a disability, from recruitment, all the way through to retirement or moving onto the next stage in their career. We actively recruit people with disabilities and ensure that adjustments are made at each stage of the process to ensure they are fully supported. Our culture promotes respectful curiosity and encourages our people to build deeper connections with those around them.
Disability support at Santander UK is led by our Enable! Network who are one of our 8 thriving employee resource groups, their job (along with their Executive Sponsor) is to continue developing a culture of support around disability. This includes operating a community site for members of the network to connect and discuss, creating regular communications around a range of different topics, and hosting events with industry experts to educate colleagues on different challenges in the disability space. Their Co-Chairs and leadership team also helps us to drive change in decision making and processes to further improve the support we have in place for disabled colleagues.
The Enable! Network provide support and guidance for all Santander employees on the topic of disability. We work hard to build awareness, knowledge and understanding throughout the organisation by providing information and supporting staff to feel comfortable in having important conversations. Santander is committed to being at the forefront of supporting the needs of all people striving for an environment where everyone can fulfil their own personal potential. This is being done by cultivating a culture in which everyone can feel comfortable bringing their whole self to work celebrating difference and the richness of diversity that this brings.
All colleagues also have access to our award-winning wellbeing offering that provides support across 4 pillars of wellbeing (mental, physical, social and financial) which has offerings for family members as well. These include access to 5 free wellbeing apps and discounted gym/lifestyle app access, a mental health app (Thrive) with access to live chat with psychologists, a financial wellbeing tool to help make our money go further, virtual GP appointments, physiotherapy, private medical insurance and more which can be found on our internal wellbeing hub that is accessed thousands of times each month.
We continue developing our disability support and make our organisation a place where all people can bring their whole selves to work. If you’d like to know more about working at Santander, click here.