Perspicuity has recently signed the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) as part of our ongoing work to proactively encourage equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Samantha Gower, our Managing Director, talks about the diversity agenda and what it means to Perspicuity.
What is your background and role at Perspicuity?
With a background as a solicitor specialising in commercial law in London and having been part of the business in some way since Perspicuity was founded in 2002, I have recently taken over the reins as Managing Director. Leading up to this has been my work over the years with Perspicuity, which has been in various roles including compliance, legal, proposition development and most recently, leading customer experience.
Why do you have this passion about diversity?
Diversity is vital to the way we operate and want to operate as we move through the next 20 years: there is so much talent potential that we can tap into if we are intentional in increasing our commitment to Diversity. We want to create a sense of belonging at Perspicuity that allows everyone to thrive just for being themselves whilst playing to their strengths.
We want to focus on how we make a difference – and we believe that is by creating a safe and secure workplace and workspace, where everyone has an opportunity to grow their career and themselves- regardless of background, race, gender, religion, or sexuality.
How do you go about improving diversity within an organisation like Perspicuity?
When we look at our industry, progress is happening, albeit slowly. Our first steps must be to measure where we are currently and then be very deliberate in the steps we can take to increase the sense of belonging we have here at Perspicuity, we want to make a difference not only to our amazing colleagues but to our partners and customers also.
What challenges do you and other companies like Perspicuity have?
When you look at one aspect of Diversity such as women representation, we know that there is an alarmingly low level of women in leadership. We must do more to level that playing field. We have started the work in increasing this through internal programs but there is more to do.
Why the Tech Talent Charter?
Having the ability to build relationships with others in the technology sector and learning from them through the Tech Talent Charter is useful and appealing. Having something like the TTC Open Playbook to look at best practice is an amazing tool to support how we attract, recruit and retain amazing and diverse talent.
What are the next steps for Perspicuity's diversity agenda?
Our first deliberate step has been to sign up to the UN sustainable development goals, and to confirm one of our 4 chosen goals to commit to as Goal 5, Gender Equality.
Our first step towards our work towards this goal and our wider diversity program is to gather the data to measure how diverse we are. We then want to ensure that we have the right programs in place to increase that diversity. We don’t have all of the answers right now, but we do know that we are committed to creating a great, diverse place to work where all colleagues can be themselves.
For more information on the Tech Talent Charter, please visit their website here.
Our official statement
Perspicuity have recently signed the Tech Talent Charter (TTC) as we want to solidify our commitment to increase the inclusion and diversity practices of not only our business but our industry.
We believe that a diverse and inclusive workplace where people from all backgrounds can contribute and excel is a great foundation for a great workplace. We look forward to collaborating and sharing best practices with the other 676 Signatories.
If you'd like to talk to us about your own Tech Talent Charter journey, get in touch!