Cath Morris, Data Operations Manager, ICIS
Location: London, UK
I really love the positive culture here. There are so many opportunities to learn and progress your career. The company is very focused on career development and there is real autonomy granted for you to seek out your own path, with support from management.
I have been lucky enough to have been given the opportunity to travel in my role; Singapore, Shanghai, Milan and Houston are a few of the destinations I have been fortunate to visit so far. Meeting your global colleagues face to face is invaluable and really enhances the working relationship you have with them.
When RBI launched their D& I forums, I immediately signed up to the LGBT+ one. I feel extremely fortunate to work for a company who recognises the value and importance of a diverse workforce and understands that there may be additional challenges for those in a minority group. It’s also a great way to meet like-minded people and make some new friends along the way.
Knowing that there is a real D&I presence here, I’m comfortable to be 100% myself at work, warts and all. I have a clear and relaxed state of mind, enabling me to really focus on my business priorities.
The strong presence of D&I gives reassurance to ALL employees that they are working in a safe, inclusive environment. Ultimately, if someone is comfortable and relaxed being themselves at work, they’re more likely to be motivated. Happy, hard-working people ultimately leads to a happy productive business!
Hassan Hussein, Technical Director, Proagrica
Location: Hampshire, UK
I was a languages major in my pre-IT education and in my teenage years spoke English, Italian, some French and some Arabic on top of my native Somali language before I lost substantial part of my hearing in both ears.
Due to the hearing loss I have had to adapt. I moved to IT and was a Computer Science graduate from the University of Portsmouth, UK in 2000.
For communication, I rely mainly on reading people’s lips, expressions and emotions. The loss of hearing affects my day-to-day activities at work. From large office meetings, web meetings to travelling for business.
I joined RBI after the company I was working for was acquired. At my previous place of employment I had the support of excellent colleagues who still work with me but the environment and policies were not conducive for a person with disability. This changed completely once we moved to RBI.
RBI effectively promotes a culture of diversity and inclusion. Everyone is valued and has equal opportunities. Everyone brings their whole self to work and are respected regardless of their gender, gender identity, national origin, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability status.
The drive for our diversity and inclusion (D&I) starts from the top at CEO level. Our top leaders ensure that D&I is at the heart of everything we do.
We have 11 D&I forums and I lead the Disability Forum. Support for disabled colleagues is available at any time and is enforced in many policies including Occupational Health and unconscious bias training for managers and many other schemes that encourage disabled people to join us.
I have had an amazing experience working at RBI both with the people and the organisation. I am currently being provided with a room because my hearing is making it difficult to work in an open environment. Knowing that support is available whenever I need gives me a positive feeling and reduces the negative impact of my disability while increasing my self-esteem and productivity. I now compete with my fantastic, non-disabled colleagues in equal terms. In fact, I give them a good run for their money!
Soyini Taylor, Data Architect, Corporate Solutions Group
Location: Sutton, UK
It’s given me the opportunity to meet lots of different people that have each helped to shape my career. Also initiatives like Mindfulness Workshops show that RBI is taking into account what is needed to provide an inclusive workplace along with work-life balance.
I really enjoy meeting various people around the organisation. I’m co-lead for the BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) Forum having joined to learn more about the various cultures represented at RBI. I’m also interested in increasing diversity in technology.
A Diversity and Inclusion forum is important to help RBI reflect not only its diverse workforce but also its diverse customer base.