“5 minutes with…” Naz Mir

Who are the people that make inclusion an everyday reality? This feature gives you the chance to find out more about the team behind Inclusive Employers - our values, stories, motivations and inspirations.

This month we hear from Naz Mir, one of our wonderful Inclusion and Diversity Consultants at Inclusive Employers. Naz gives us an insight into his working day and key moments during his career so far.

1. Can you tell us how you came to be in your role

I had been following National Inclusion Week for a few years in my previous role, so when 2020 flipped everything upside down and I saw an opportunity at Inclusive Employers, I had to go for it! What better place to be than at the home of Inclusion?!

2. Can you share an ‘inclusion moment’ with us – a time when you have felt included either at work or in your personal life?

I will bring this back to my first day at Inclusive Employers. It was the first day of National Inclusion Week last year, so you can imagine how busy people would have been. But first thing in the morning, I still had a catch up with Richard, Claire and Matheus. Even after how busy they must have been they found the time to welcome me and make me feel included from hour 1.

3. What do you love most about your role?

It has to be the team around me. I am inspired everyday by their bravery and expertise. They are the most diverse and inclusive bunch of people I have worked with in my career today. Every one  of them is a thoughtful, hard working individual trying to make a difference and it makes this role really special. (This may seem gushy as we had a team day just yesterday where I met everyone face to face for the first time and I’m still feeling great from it!)

4. What is a typical day like for you?

Lots of Zoom and Teams calls! It’s a really mixed bag, but I spend some time in delivering training, having meetings with my clients/members, putting in calls with potential clients, connecting with the team and looking after our members on Members Desk with some of my fantastic colleagues.

5. What’s been your most memorable moment in your inclusion career?

This one is very simple, but it’s also a clear winner. Having created a Global Return to Work programme in a previous organisation, aimed at supporting those on long term leave have an inclusive experience, I got tapped on the shoulder in the coffee queue by a colleague I had never met who said “Are you Naz? Can I tell you that the guidance you created for returning to work made such a difference to my maternity leave this time around?”…A very small , but hugely significant moment for me where I realised every single one of us has the power to impact change.

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