Today is International Women’s Day. And as recent winners of the TechWomen100’s Company of the Year, it’s a subject close to my heart.
It is my belief that as business leaders, we all have a responsibility to support the development of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) roles. Importantly, this responsibility is not just in the workplace, it is far reaching and must start with supporting schools from Early Years onwards – they are our future. It is only by educating our children in the right way that we can nurture the next generation of professionals. A generation where gender and background isn’t “a thing”; where there is no such thing as a “glass ceiling”; where everyone has equal opportunity and reward no matter who they are. It is for this reason that we are working with several local schools, supporting students and teachers, making STEM exciting and accessible to all.
At Psyon, we have created an inclusive and diverse culture within which our team can thrive. When we recruit people, we do so on the basis that they are the best person for the job. Man. Woman. Black. White. Gay. Straight. It doesn’t matter. What matters is what they can bring to the role and our growing team. It matters that they are passionate and want to collaborate. It matters that they share our values and our ambition to build the best possible solutions for our clients.
When we set up the business, one of our founding principles was that we wanted to build an inclusive and collaborative workplace. Yes, it’s true that we have a higher proportion of women in senior roles than other tech businesses. But this is testament to their talent and commitment and the fact that they have been given an environment in which to develop and thrive in the first place. Put simply, they are the best people for the job.
To me, the success of our business is down to our people. They are a diverse and dynamic team who are united by their passion and energy to build the best technology to meet our clients’ evolving needs. In creating a culture where collaboration is the heart of all we do, we’ve empowered them to work and succeed together. It’s driven by their desire to be the best; not by their gender.
So on International Women’s Day, let’s recognise not only the brilliant women in our business but the equally brilliant men too.