Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Bring your difference to Version 1

We believe that fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is central to achieving a workplace in which every employee feels that they belong.

Version 1 seeks the best person for every role – this means the person whose skills best match the job and who can best further our Mission and live our Core Values. We have a wonderful variety of people and cultures across our organisation and we look to celebrate that whenever we can! Our commitment to the diversity and inclusivity that we promote as part of this environment is central not only to achieving and maintaining our goals as a business, but also ensures that our people feel that they belong.

At Version 1, we’re proud that our differences make us unique; we embrace them. We hire the best, give them world-class training and trust them to make an impact, regardless of their race, gender, age, religion or identity.  Our inclusive environment means always challenging ourselves and others to do better, committing to excellence and not making excuses – which results in a unique workplace where everyone feels included and involved. Bringing your difference makes a difference at Version 1. Join us?

Gender Equality
Version 1 is delighted to support diverse events promoting gender equality, from Girls Who Code, School Reach Out, Women's ReBoot, Geek Girl Dinners, the Women In Tech Initiative at the annual Women in Tech Awards, and the STEM Ambassador Programme to Women in IT. In addition, we always have fun celebrating International Men's and Women's Day too.
Team Compatibility
At Version 1 we operate across different locations, languages, time zones and cultures, so it's important for our people to understand the working styles and behaviours of others and the composition of skills on the teams they work with. No matter where you work at Version 1, no matter what your background, we want you to be successful.
Unconscious Bias
One of the key aims of our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Team is to identify, challenge and reduce unconscious bias in the workplace. Workplaces with less bias all tend to cultivate fairer, more diverse and more successful cultures. To promote this we have built Unconscious Bias training into our mandatory onboarding training for any new joiners.

About Version 1's Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Team

The Mission of Version 1’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) team is to create a diverse workplace where our differences are accepted and we feel that we belong. A key focus area recently has been around BELONGING.

Diversity is difference and difference is difficult.  Many people worry whether they fit in at a new place, but belonging unifies people.  While we will continue to celebrate key events like Diwali and International Men’s/Women’s Day, we want to go deeper and have a bigger impact at Version 1 – focusing on belonging benefits for all.

When organizations succeed in creating a culture of belonging, the upsides are enormous — higher employee engagement scores, an enhanced talent brand, lower attrition, fewer sick days, improved productivity, better communication, and teams that fire on all cylinders in terms of innovation and collaboration.

DIB Motto:

The Motto of our DIB Team is: “Bring Your Difference“. This was inspired by our very own people. Driving innovation in all areas of a customer’s business on a daily basis is something that Version 1 people have always been known for. Every day, we are amazed at the level of innovation and commitment to problem-solving displayed by our consultants across hundreds of customer sites and projects. The range and capability of technology today is truly amazing but without our great people, nothing would happen. They bring their differences together to make differences for all.

Version 1's DIB Accolades:

  • Shortlisted: Diversity and Inclusion Category - CIPD Ireland HR Awards, 2020
  • Winner: Best Workplaces for Women - Great Place to Work, 2019
  • Shortlisted: CSR Award for Diversity and Inclusion - Chambers Ireland, 2019
  • Shortlisted: Diverse Company of the Year - Women in Tech Awards, 2019
  • Shortlisted: Diversity and Inclusion Strategy - IHR Awards UK, 2019

Recent DIB Initiatives at Version 1

#StartsWithAName Campaign

Dale Carnegie said back in 1937 in his book 'How To Win Friends And Influence People': "Remember that a person's name is, to that person, the sweetest and most important sound in any language". How can you belong in a place where people can't say your name? That's the premise of Version 1's #startswithaname campaign. We asked staff to submit videos clarifying the pronunciation of their name, and to include the phonetic versions of their names on their e-mail signatures.

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Belonging at Version 1

Belonging is now at the centre of the conversation in the Diversity & Inclusion space at Version 1. Our expectations of work are changing; you can have all the diversity in the world, but you won't thrive unless you feel that you belong. We truly believe that belonging unifies people; we want to make sure every employee feels comfortable bringing their true selves to work so that they feel like they belong and have the opportunity to thrive here.

Read our Belonging Blog on Medium
International Women's Day 2020 - #EachforEqual

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, #EachforEqual, is centred around forging a more equal world. Whether this means a gender-equal boardroom, a gender-equal government, gender-equal media coverage, gender-equal workplaces, gender-equal sports coverage, more gender equality in health and wealth, #EachforEqual today applauds the progress being made in making the world a more balanced place for women worldwide.

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International Men's Day 2019

For International Men's Day 2019 we took the time to thank our male colleagues for their help, guidance and efforts throughout the year by guilding them with a badge on our virtual Praise wall. We also used the day to continue our conversations around Mental Wellbeing by promoting our Employee Assistance Programme, which is available to all of our people regardless of their gender, age, race or religion.

Our Wellbeing Initiatives
UK Gender Pay Gap Report

In our 2020 Gender Pay Gap report we were happy to report an improvement in our mean pay gap and decrease in our median pay gap. Like many other companies in our industry, our gap is primarily caused by having fewer women in senior grades and highly paid technical roles. We are confident that men and women across our organisation are paid equally for doing the same job. Seniority, responsibilities, skills, experience and other role characteristics are the factors deciding pay. While we are not where we want to be just yet, we believe that with continued focus, effort and support, the dial will continue to move towards a more inclusive workplace for all.

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Discover the steps we are taking to become more diverse and inclusive:

Belonging #StartsWithAName Campaign
The Alter Egos of Version 1 Employees
Celebrating Version 1's Cultural Diversity Day
Our Leadership Principles: Diversity & Inclusion

Images from our DIB Efforts

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