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?
About Version 1's Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Team
The Mission of Version 1’s Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIBs) 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.
Our DIBs 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 DIBs Accolades:
- Bronze Winner: DIB's Strategy - IHR Awards, 2020
- Top 10 Best Workplaces for Women - Great Place to Work, 2019 & 2020
- Shortlisted: International Diverse Company Of The Year - Diversity in Tech Awards 2020
- Shortlisted: Diversity and Inclusion Category - CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2020
- Shortlisted: Diverse Company of the Year - Women in Tech Awards 2019
Recent DIBs Initiatives at Version 1
This year, we are hosting our biggest ever LGBTQIA+ Pride Celebrations at Version 1! 🏳️🌈
Throughout the month of June, we will be encouraging our people to show pride in who we are, to reflect on how far things have come and where we still have work to do. We will celebrate our differences as well as what we have in common, creating a place where our employees can feel that they truly belong.
At Version 1, we believe in fostering a diverse and inclusive environment to ensure that everyone has a sense of belonging. We have a wonderful variety of people from over 47 different countries. While Cultural Diversity Day (CDD) is officially celebrated on 21st May, we celebrated with a series of events between the 12th and 24th of May to celebrate our unique backgrounds and cultures. As part of these celebrations, we hosted our first ever Virtual Concert with Vladimir Jablokov on Violin and Kevin Walsh on Piano and created our own cookbook representing the different nationalities at Version 1.
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar year and the most important month in the Lunar Calendar to Muslims. 13th April to 13th May provides Muslims an opportunity for self-purification and reflection on spirituality. This year, we hosted a Charity Fast to show our support, as one of the key aspects of Ramadan is fasting both from a physical and spiritual level. We also educated our workforce on the importance of Ramadan for our Muslim employees.
The International Women's Day 2021 theme, #ChooseToChallenge, is focused on remaining alert and encourages everyone – women and men – to call out gender bias and inequality. This day is focused on accepting challenges in order to develop change, challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve processes and celebrate women’s achievements. Read our blog from the day below.Read IWD Blog
Since first officially publishing our Gender Pay Gap in April 2018, we are happy to report improvement in our pay gap in terms of both salary and bonus pay. While this year brought us some mixed results with slight dips along the mean and median pay gaps, we believe that our culture of Trust and Empowerment along with our consistent focus on Inclusion and Belonging at Version 1 will let us overcome these.Read the Reports
In February 2021 we launched the #StartsWithaName charter and dedicated website, recognising the role of a person’s name as a unique expression of identity that is to be respected, valued, explored and celebrated within an inclusive society. Signing the charter encourages organisations to learn to say each other’s given or chosen names properly, even when it pushes us outside of our cultural norms and comfort zones.Sign the Charter
Our Head of Legal and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead, Aoibhe Cantwell, recently joined Eleanor and Barry Matthews on the "How The Future Works" podcast. The conversation covered the impact of the pandemic on Diversity and Inclusion, the importance of acceptance and belonging in the workplace and Version 1's Starts With A Name (SWAN) initiative.Listen on Spotify
At Version 1, we seek the best person for every role. That’s why working at Version 1 offers many opportunities for career development, with many of our employees learning new skills and going through rotations during their time with us. Within this blog, learn from interviews with several of our people on their Version 1 journey to date, and how rotations throughout the company have played a big part in their career progression.Read Now
Version 1 was delighted to receive a bronze award from IHR in their Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy category at the annual #IHRA20 Awards.See the Winners
Since launching our Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Programme, one of Version 1’s key focuses has been to increase the number of women working here. With this in mind, we asked 10 female members of our team from various locations to share their favourite experiences at Version 1, including what they love about working here.Read Blog Now
Version 1 was delighted to support Movember again this year. The mission of Movember is to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives, through fundraising and creating awareness for cancer and mental health. Internally we ran our "Grow a Mo" campaign and fundraised for worthy causes.
In recognition of International Men's Day, Version 1 ran an informal webinar with Dr. Neil Reddy from Precision Health, who addressed important health issues for men, including Mental Health, Cancer and Heart Disease.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year. It is underpinned by a strong belief in kindness, the power of peace and on giving to those in need. Our teams lit candles and created some innovative Diwali Rangolis to celebrate. Our colleagues from our Pune Office, Shweta Jain & Sameer Sant, also recorded an insightful video explaining Diwali, the stories behind it and what it means to them.
Version 1 was delighted to sponsor Digital DNA 2020 in Northern Ireland. As part of the event we teamed up with Microsoft for a panel talk discussing Diversity and Inclusion within the technology sector. The talk touched upon topics such as why diversity and inclusion is so important in the technology sector and the need for accessibility by all.Watch Panel Talk
In recognition of Black History Month Honey-Bell Oke from our team took part in a panel discussion talking about the Amplifying Black Voices in NI Tech, a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging event sponsored by Version 1. Honey-Bell also did an insightful interview with Sync NI chatting about her positive experiences working at Version 1 and the importance of fostering a sense of belonging for all.Read Article on Sync NI
We have an array of fantastic opportunities available on our UK Digital & Cloud Solutions team at present, so we decided to ask the team why anyone should join a career in tech alongside them. Featured fantastic female talent from across our offices, this video campaign, linked below, provides great insights and tips for anyone looking to join Version 1.Watch Now
For the second time Version 1 has been named as a Best Workplace for Women. This award recognises organisations that have been able to put practices and programmes in place to build their pipeline of female talent and convert that pipeline into opportunities for growth and development. We are proud to continuously develop a diversified great workplace culture for all.Learn More about GPTW for Women
In July Version 1 marked 'International Friendship Day' by saying a massive Thank You to all of our internal Buddies, who help our new starters to settle in during their first 6 weeks in the company. They make a huge effort to be a friendly face and a helping hand to our new team members, particularly over the last few months with our new starters adapting and integrating into a completely digital environment. The role of our Buddies has been invaluable and the relationships they have built-in helping our new starters feel connected to Version 1.
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.Learn More
We aim to go above and beyond to ensure that the women in our workforce are treated fairly when it comes to pay, recognition, training and promotion opportunities; where they can take the time off they need to attend to childcare or other family commitments; and where they are encouraged, empowered and supported to do their best work. Please take a look at some of our Women at Version 1 initiatives and projects via the below link.Women at Version 1
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.View Report
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.Learn More About Belonging at Version 1
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.Read More
In January 2020 Version 1 and Geek Girl Dinners were delighted to host an interactive panel discussion on lessons learned from Agile Project Management and Agile Software Development in Dogpatch Labs, Dublin. Topics discussed included the best approaches for the adoption of Agile and Lean Thinking, pitfalls our panel may have seen in terms of implementing Agile and how to know if Agile is right for an organisation.Read More About the Event
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
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Blog: June 11, 2021
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Blog: June 1, 2021
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