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The benefits attained when companies embrace gender diversity and inclusion include enhanced collaboration and more productive teamwork. These were the key messages highlighted as teams from across the UK rail sector competed in the first ever virtual Big Rail Diversity Challenge.
The fifth event in the flagship series took on a digital format in an effort to safeguard the health and safety of all participants, their families and colleagues in the context of the ongoing COVID 19 coronavirus concerns. Despite the event going virtual, Women in Rail and event organisers, Nimble Media Ltd, were determined to ensuring The Big Rail Diversity Challenge was a day of laughter and fun for all participants and offered a little light relief in these difficult times.
In keeping with the traditional live event format, delegates participated in physical and mental challenges – which included Escape Room, Murder Mystery, Haka and Body Rap – aimed at demonstrating that gender diverse teams work better together and that, for companies, an improved male:female and diversity ratio in their workforce will boost staff morale, employee wellbeing and ultimately business performance.
Adeline Ginn MBE, Founder and Chair of Women in Rail, said: “The Big Rail Diversity Challenge is an important event in the rail industry agenda. It openly tackles rail’s outdated image, demonstrates that our industry can engage both men and women in equal measure and shows our sector’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in order to create more attractive, productive and successful teams.
“We are naturally very disappointed that we could not hold the event in its traditional form this year, but we are delighted that the Big Rail Diversity Challenge was still able to take place, albeit virtually. The rail industry has learned a lot about teamwork in the last few months and we look forward to building on this new and positive outlook going forward.”
Women in Rail and Nimble Media are very grateful to sponsors, CPMS Group and Morson Group, as well as all teams, partners and suppliers, who have been exceptionally understanding during this very difficult period and have without exception reaffirmed their continued support for The Big Rail Diversity Challenge and the agenda of the Women in Rail charity.
The 2020 Big Rail Diversity Challenge awards were presented by representatives from the events sponsors – Mat Baine, CEO of CPMS Group and Gary Smithson, Associate Director of Morson Group – to the winning teams:
· Best Team Name Award: Siemens Mobility Limited (Financial and Commercial) – It’s Accrual World team
· Highest Score in the Murder Mystery challenge: Siemens Mobility Limited – I’m More Than Just a Label! team
· Highest Score in the in the Escape Room challenge: CAF Rail UK – Los Españoles team
· Best Haka Performance: MTR Elizabeth Line team.
· Best Body Rap Performance: Young Rail Professionals team.
Matt Baine, CEO of CPMS Group, said: “The Big Rail Diversity Challenge is a fantastic initiative for our industry and our workforce. We are proud to sponsor it and to support the Women in Rail agenda.”
Christine Fernandes, CAF Rail UK, said: “The virtual Big Rail event was a great opportunity for us to have interaction with some of our clients and promote the key Women in Rail messages of gender diversity and inclusion. We embraced the ethos of the live event by participating in the virtual digital format.
“Part of the team met in person, in a socially distant manner, which was great and quite uplifting in the present circumstances. The event was fun and most enjoyable and certainly an added bonus to win the Escape Room challenge -a fantastic event but more importantly nice to be able to promote and support such an important purpose.”
The 2021 Big Rail Diversity Challenge will return live to Newark Showground on Wednesday 23rd June 2021 and we hope to see you there.
For more information about Women in Rail’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge, how to enter a team or support the event, contact the organisers, Nimble Media on 01780 432930, email email@example.com or visit http://www.bigraildiversity.co.uk.
This article first appeared on www.railbusinessdaily.com
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