Belonging at Version 1
Creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone feels that they belong
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.
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 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.
What Belonging Means at Version 1
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. 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 and feel like you belong here.
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.Read More About the Campaign
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