Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Bring your difference to Version 1

We believe that nurturing a diverse and inclusive environment is essential to achieving a workplace in which every employee feels that they belong and can be themselves.

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At Version 1, we’re proud that our differences make us unique; we embrace and encourage them. We hire for your potential, give you world-class training and trust you to make an impact – and we know that having teams that are filled with different people, is the recipe to our success. Our inclusive environment means always challenging ourselves and others to do better for each other and our customers, committing to excellence and not making excuses – which results in a workplace where everyone feels included, heard, and can truly be themselves.

 

Bringing your difference makes a difference at Version 1.

 

Version 1 seeks the best person for every role – this means the person whose skills and potential best match the job and who can best further our Mission and live our Core Values, whilst not compromising their own. We have a wonderful variety of people and cultures across our organisation, and we look to celebrate that in all we do!

Our commitment to ensuring that the diversity and inclusivity that we promote, is central not only to achieving and maintaining our goals as a business, but also to make sure that our people feel that they belong. After all, our people are our foundation.

 

We want you for you, not another cookie cutter employee

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.
Cultural Awareness
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 are here to support you to thrive and grow.
Unconscious Bias
One of the key aims of our organisation is to identify, challenge and reduce unconscious bias in the workplace. We know that workplaces with less bias are able to cultivate fairer, more diverse and more successful cultures – and we continue to ensure that everyone within our organisation understands their own biases to help us all ensure equity and equality.

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:

  • Certified: GPTW 2nd Best Place to Work in Ireland '22
  • Certified: Disability Confident Committed in the UK
  • Certified: GPTW for Women in Ireland '22
  • Bronze Winner: DIB's Strategy - IHR Awards, 2020
  • Shortlisted: Diversity and Inclusion Category - CIPD Ireland HR Awards 2020
  • Top 10 Best Workplaces for Women - Great Place to Work, 2019 & 2020

Recent DIBs Initiatives at Version 1

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Disability Confident

We are delighted to share that we are officially Disability Confident Committed in the UK. Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled people.

Being Disability Confident is a unique opportunity to lead the way in our community. Read their website below to learn more about the Disability Confident scheme.

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Ramadan

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar year and the most important month in the Lunar Calendar to Muslims. 2nd April to 2nd May provides Muslims an opportunity for self-purification and reflection on spirituality. This year, we celebrate with 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.

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Pride at Version 1

Each year we host our biggest ever LGBTQIA+ Pride Celebrations at Version 1! 🏳️‍🌈 Throughout the month of June, we encourage 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 celebrate our differences as well as what we have in common, creating a place where our employees can feel that they truly belong. Check out our blog below for more information on our most recent Pride campaign.



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Cultural Diversity Day Celebrations 2021

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.

International Women's Day 2022 & A GPTW for Women!

International Women's Day cam shortly after we were certified as one of Ireland's best places to work for Women in 2022 by Great Place to Work!
To celebrate we our first Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager, Chloë Gillard, to learn more about the challenges of growing a diverse and inclusive workspace, and how you can overcome them.

Our interview with Chloe
Gender Pay Gap Reports 2021

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
SWAN Site & Charter Launch

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
"How The Future Works" Podcast

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
Exploring Career Rotations at Version 1

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.

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Version 1's DIB's Strategy Wins Bronze

Version 1 was delighted to receive a bronze award from IHR in their Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Strategy category at the annual #IHRA20 Awards.

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10 Version 1 Women Share Their Top Career Highlights

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.

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International Men's Day 2020

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.

Virtual Diwali Celebrations

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.

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Digital DNA Event Panel Session

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.

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Amplifying Black Voices in NI Tech

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.

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Career Insights from our Female UK Digital & Cloud Team Members

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.

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Listed as a Great Places to Work for Women

Version 1 continues to be 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.

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Women at Version 1

We seek 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, regardless of their age, race, religion, identity or gender. 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. Take a look at some of our Women at Version 1 initiatives and projects via the below link.

Women at Version 1
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.

Learn More About Belonging at Version 1

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

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Our Commitments and Goals

To support our DIBs goals and support VErsion 1’s ESG strategy, we will ensure that we…

  • Drive a data led Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy:
  1. 100% of hiring managers will be trained on Inclusive Recruitment policies
  2. 90% of staff to have completed at least one DIBs learning module by 2023
  • Empower our diverse voices across regions through Inclusive Practices:
  1. Have each DIBs regional team host 2 events per year
  2. Company wide DIBs Events per year
  3. All staff to be encouraged to embrace #SWAN initiative in email signatures during Induction
  • Develop and Nurture our Company wide Women in Tech:
  1. 80% of our women to participate in one WIT activity each year
  2. Our organisation is made up of 40% women by 2025
  3. 40% of our management roles are held by women

How we will achieve these:

  • Drive a data led Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy:
  1. Enhance our data collection to gain a better understanding of our demographic make up
  2. Reflect and review our recruitment practices to ensure we are attracting diverse candidates to all our roles
  3. Implement a suite of DIBs learning modules to ensure our recruitment practices are conducted in an inclusive manner
  • Empower our diverse voices across regions through Inclusive Practices:
  1. Host a wide arrange of DIBs events to help share our lived experiences and continue our education
  2. Promote our #SWAN initiative internally and externally to promote of belief of true authentic belonging
  3. Empower our DIBs regional teams to have their voices heard and develop a greater understanding across our different cultures
  • Develop and Nurture our Company wide Women in Tech:
  1. Through our inclusive recruitment, attract and recruit more females into our organisation
  2. Review and adjust our internal processes for talent progression to promote our women internally
  3. Nurture and environment in which our women are recognised internally and externally through marketing and awards

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