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We've reached out to number of members from the Deloitte Globe Network to find about their plans for Pride in London 2017, and to find out more about their individual stories and any tips they can share for the parade!
I joined Deloitte as a graduate in 1995 and I’m now a Partner in the Business Tax practice. I chose Deloitte because I wanted to be in professional services and quite liked the idea of tax. I also wanted to live in London after attending University in Bath, having grown up in the Midlands , so it seemed like an obvious career choice to get some qualifications and develop professionally.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work on many exciting projects during my time here, and have been seconded to live overseas in the US twice. The first time was early in my career back in 1999 when I worked in the International Tax practice in Deloitte’s Chicago office. Then more recently in 2009, my family and I moved to New York for a couple of years. I loved living and working in both places, but think Chicago is such a great city that I would love to return their to love some time.
I was asked to join the GLOBE network when it was established in 2007. It’s quite interesting because at the time it didn’t feel that important to me. Personally I didn’t think we needed the network, but I was convinced by one of the founders, that it was essential to have a network that brought together LGBT colleagues and allies. GLOBE plays a key role in creating an inclusive environment where people can be themselves at work.
Pride shows how far our society has come in terms of the acceptance of LGBT people, but it’s also a good time to reflect on how far there is to go. Not only in London, but more critically, in other parts of the world. We can take a lot of what we have for granted
Margaret Scott, Director, Risk Advisory: We’ve really got to get the whole firm thinking that this is everyone’s concern.
The GLOBE network is a really good way of doing two things. It supports people in the firm who don’t feel comfortable coming out at work, particularly if they have concerns about what it could mean for them – it gives them a way to hear about others’ experiences and how they have gone about it.
Secondly, I’m really excited by the Allies Programme. People that aren’t LGBT can be visible allies: they can show their support in an easy way – by coming to GLOBE events, or by using a GLOBE mug or notebook. It means that our LGBT colleagues feel supported without having to ask – which is so important. We’ve really got to get the whole firm thinking that this is everyone’s concern and the allies programme is a first step in achieving that.
I have been at Deloitte for 17 years, joining as a graduate. I chose this firm because I knew it was a way of getting a good qualification in finance – but also because I loved the people I met during the recruitment process. In all that time, the project I’ve enjoyed the most, and found the most challenging and exciting, was our work with one of the large national public health bodies. I was seconded to Leeds for a year and a half to help set up the organisation, recruit the finance team and figure out what it was they were going to do. That was a really good experience.
Pride is a philosophy I’m quite close to. It’s really good fun; such a fantastic day. People bring their kids along and it’s just brilliant – but still has an important message today in these uncertain political times.
Will Black, Manager, Clients & Market: Honest from day one
I’d been in public relations for a while, previously working for charities and trade bodies. Four years ago, I felt the time was right to broaden my experience with a move into the corporate world, so I applied for a position in the Press Office at Deloitte. It’s been quite refreshing to come into this arena in my mid-30s. The expectations at Deloitte are high, but it’s a very nice and supportive work environment.
It was really important to me to join the GLOBE network; so I joined as soon as I started at Deloitte. In every working environment I’d been in previously, I’d held back my sexuality. If asked what I did at the weekend, I would fudge it to make it unspecific to having a male partner. But I was tired of that. By joining Deloitte, I felt this was the time and place to be honest from day one.
Attending Pride is also vital. Everyone should be reminded of the history, and how important it is to be able to march on one day and think about our rights. So many people before us led very unhappy and closeted lives, where they couldn’t be themselves. The thing I find most moving about the march is all the support from the spectators.
George Simons, Analyst, Consulting: GLOBE is a strong community
Deloitte’s GLOBE network is a strong community that sends the message: I can be who I want to be at work; it makes me feel I can be out and proud here.
I first came into contact with GLOBE at an LGBT recruitment fair I ran at my university, UCL, where I met GLOBE co-chairs Emily Sendall and Tom Kohler. After that, I experienced what it’s like to be LGBT in the workplace at Deloitte’s LGBT Insight Day for students. When I joined, I pretty much signed up to GLOBE on my first day.
I started on the Graduate Programme in September 2016. But my experience of working at Deloitte began three years ago, with a summer job. Everyone treated me really well and it was a great environment. Plus consulting really appealed to me for the type of work I could do and the opportunities it offered. Deloitte felt like a good fit.
Since then, the most exciting project I’ve worked on has been our global CIO programme. I got to work with our global technology leader and help define and develop how we communicate Deloitte technology to senior executives at some of the world’s largest organisations. What it is, how it fits in the market, where it invests, and where it’s going in the future. It was incredible exposure to the most senior people in the business.
London Pride is one of my favourite days of the year. It’s really important as a celebration of who we are, but it’s also one of the only times our community comes together. If you’re going to Pride for the first time: enjoy yourself, appreciate every aspect of the community and eat and drink to your heart’s content!
Mihaela Jembei, Consultant, Risk Advisory: Acceptance and support is important
Deloitte has an inclusive culture; it’s open to women and people from different backgrounds in terms of education, race and sexuality. I’d heard lots of great things about the firm, from people at my university, King’s College London, and outside. Deloitte’s inclusivity was a differentiating factor for me.
I joined the Graduate Programme in September 2016, as a Consultant in the Cyber department within Risk Advisory. Cyber involves many different things and is often in the news. I can debunk the myth that you need very technical skills to work here; you don’t. It’s been a wonderful journey and I’m so happy I decided to work here.
I joined the GLOBE network quite recently, as I want to attend Pride this year. It will be my first time, despite living in London for almost 4 years. I also want to get to know more people from outside my department; to find likeminded people across the firm. GLOBE matters to me. I’m from Moldova, where views about Pride are different. Being who you are, having acceptance and support, and not being afraid of repercussions is important. Being able to express yourself is often overlooked, but it’s such an important thing. GLOBE is a great avenue for that.
Of course, London is one of the best places in the world to express yourself. I’ve heard amazing things about Pride. For me, it’s the next step in standing up for who I am, by joining other people in a celebration of love and happiness.
Laurie Rutter, Analyst, Consulting: Deloitte has provided an opportunity for me to actually get involved
A couple of years ago, I stood at the side of Regents Street watching people walk past but I’m ashamed to admit I’ve never properly been involved in Pride before. Being at Deloitte has provided an opportunity for me to get more involved this year and I can’t wait – it’s going to be fun!
I joined Deloitte as a graduate in September 2016. Before then, I spent two years working at a start-up. It was a fantastic opportunity and a difficult decision to leave, but I decided to join Deloitte to get more formal training, to meet more people and work on a variety of projects.
I signed up to GLOBE as soon as I joined the firm. I’d previously attended a GLOBE Insight Day and I guess it was one of the reasons I was keen to join Deloitte. Since then, I’ve been involved in our buddy scheme - anyone who joins GLOBE can request a buddy and I pair them up with an existing GLOBE member.
But the main thing I’ve been doing with GLOBE is helping to improve trans inclusion at the firm. Deloitte recently launched a gender expression and transition policy to support employees who identify as anything other than cisgender, which basically means born female and identify as female, or vice versa.
I was involved in launching the policy in March this year. Since then, we’ve run two trans awareness training sessions with R&I advisors, HR, legal and some volunteers from the GLOBE steering committee. They have become our trans champions. The next step is to spread awareness and encourage inclusion at the firm more widely.
Laura Harvey is a Professional Standards Review (PSR) manager in the Newcastle office. Since joining the firm in 2015 she has worked on a part-time basis and comes into the office only three days a week so that she can spend more time with her children. She flexes her work hours to arrive and leave an hour earlier than standard office hours, working from 8am to 4.30pm instead of 9am to 5.30pm.
Laura says, “The Deloitte agile working approach allows me to maximise the amount of quality time I get to spend with my two young children, whilst maintaining the career I worked so hard to achieve. I really do believe that I have the best of both worlds and a healthy balance that works for both me and my family. I think it’s incredibly innovative to recognise and appreciate that a ‘one size fits all’ contract could mean missing out on some of the best talent in the market and ultimately impact upon staff morale.”
Since its introduction in June 2014, agile working has proven to be one of the most popular and innovative ways in which Deloitte has shaped its culture. From informally flexing working hours to formally changing contracted work days and hours, agile working covers a broad spectrum of options and can be tailored to fit all kinds of lifestyles. It is a concrete example of Deloitte’s commitment to an agile and inclusive working environment that benefits both the firm and its employees.
Agile working is based on the three core principles of trust & respect, focus on output and open two-way communication.
Trust & respect
The approach nurtures a relationship of trust and respect between Deloitte and its employees. It gives employees the freedom to tailor their working arrangements so they can enjoy non-work commitments and priorities, but also ensure they’re delivering the quality output the firm expects of them. Deloitte recognises that employees who feel trusted to manage their work deliverables flexibly are more inclined to perform at their best in the workplace.
Agile working allows flexibility and even reduced hours, but this is not driven by a lack of commitment or interest in the job. Before adopting an agile working arrangement, staff must carefully consider the impact of their proposed work arrangements on their respective teams and on their job performance.
Laura is of course not the only employee to grasp the opportunities afforded by agile working:
Carey Stuart from the Newcastle office works two full days a week in the office and two mornings at home to fit in with her children’s school and pre-school hours. She enjoys being able to do the school runs three days a week, to still have some quality time with her family, while enjoying the challenges and stimulation that work provides.
“For me, our agile working approach is key to ensuring we’re retaining a very talented and dedicated pool of people that, for one reason or another, don’t want to (or can’t) have the working hours of a full time role. The reduction in hours does not show less dedication to your job. It’s purely that you are sharing that dedication with another part of your life right now. Being able to maintain the balance of work life and home life, and not prioritising one over the other, is extremely valuable and I feel very fortunate that I’ve found a role at Deloitte that allows me to do that,” says Carey, a PSR senior manager.
Focus on output
Deloitte holds the view that performance should be based on the quality of work and not on the number of hours spent in the office. Although everyone has a contracted workplace, there is an option to work from any Deloitte office, from a client site, from home or even at a public location as long as this does not cause any conflict with the firm’s privacy and security policies.
“Giving people the freedom of agile working doesn’t automatically mean that everyone disappears from the office. Being given this option means that, when I do need to work away from the office, there is no stress or worry attached to not being sat my desk. I think our agile working culture also erodes the negative impact that presenteeism can have: lots of us aren’t at our desk all hours of the day and it is recognised that our teams can be equally or more productive when working in an agile way. What this has meant for me this year, during my wife’s pregnancy, is that I have been able to attend whatever medical appointments she had and make up for the time I missed later in the day” shares David Robinson, a PSR manager in Newcastle.
While agile working has helped a lot of working parents within the firm, the option is not limited to them. It is open to all employees who wish to achieve a good balance between their work and personal commitments.
Taisheen Anver Khan, a PSR manager from the London office, appreciated how agile working was beneficial during Ramadan: “Agile working was helpful, as my sleeping and eating patterns varied from normal.”
Open two-way communication
Having open two-way communication is key to making agile working a success. The firm encourages employees to discuss proposed changes in working arrangements openly with their manager to achieve a solution that works for everyone. Formal changes have trial periods and working arrangements are continuously under review to ensure the arrangement is working for all parties.
Suzanne Green, a Newcastle PSR manager, says “Agile working was a key factor in choosing my current job. At the moment I can easily flex my hours to fit in everything from fitness classes to visiting my family who live over 200 miles away, by keeping my team at work informed about my schedule.”
Over the two and a half years that agile working has been in place, early indications are that it has had a measurable positive impact on employee engagement. The firm is continuing to monitor the effectiveness of its flexible working strategy and is committed to improving the experience for all its people.
Read more of our agile working stories here.
Paying homage to our fondness of brain-teasers, every month we post a new challenge created by the Forensic Technology team, focusing on logical, analytical and coding problems.
Analysing data for patterns/trends is an important part of what we do in Forensic Technology. With this in mind we have returned to our programming roots for this month’s challenge. Can you write a script to solve the below…?
i) What are the factors of 379065191139531?
ii) What connects 35432488 with these numbers: 806095675586097, 7405814774826 and 379065191139531
We’ll be posting our Python based solution next month at which point we will bid you farewell for the year. We hope to be back next year with more puzzles but in a different format so make sure you keep an eye out for our return!
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What's the answer?
For the final time this year we present our solution to the challenge we have set you:
i) Below is the code we used in Python 3.5 to calculate the factors of 379065191139531:
ii) As alluded to in part i) the first step to solving ii) is to get the factors of 806095675586097, 7405814774826 and 379065191139531. The next part is not so obvious. First we need the common factors of the 3 numbers we were just looking at. Then with some outside-the-box thinking we sum over these common factors to arrive at 35432488.
The code to do this is below:
We hope to be back next year bigger and better so keep a look out for future posts.
Paying homage to our fondness of brain-teasers, every month we post a new challenge created by the Forensic Technology team, focusing on logical, analytical and coding problems.
For this month’s challenge you need to put your spy hat on and decrypt a message.
On Saturday 16 July the winning four teams from the Impact Awards were given an opportunity to see-off the ParalympicsGB athletes in style at the Deloitte sponsored Team Launch. The Impact Awards celebrates employees that make an impact that matters—for clients, for our people, and for society.
Already solved the #4TechChallenge for this month? Here’s a bonus question to keep your mind in challenge mode:
In Forensic Technology complex problem solving is a large part of our day-to-day work.
Paying homage to our fondness of brain-teasers, we’re launching a monthly Forensic Technology Challenge - a new series of logical, analytical and coding problems that put into practice the STEM, finance and technology skills essential to our work.
Here at Deloitte we have a really active sailing club and each year in April, we hold our annual spring regatta. We charter 20 boats for the weekend and encourage both experienced sailors and novices to get out onto the water. On each boat we have an experienced skipper plus two experienced crew members who act as hosts. There’s room for eight people on each boat and the rest of the places are open to people with little or no experience of sailing. I’ve been one of the experienced crew members for several years now and always look forward to meeting new people and sharing my passion for sailing with them.
Victoria Pearce, Director at Deloitte in the Forensic Technology team shares her experience on returning to work with Deloitte.
Victoria said "I joined Deloitte Forensic in 2000 and in 2011 I started my maternity leave and subsequently took a 3 year career break following the birth of my daughter."
"Earlier this year I was contacted by Deloitte via the Women in Leadership initiative and asked if I was interested in returning to work at Deloitte. Following a number of discussions and interviews it became apparent the opportunity was too good to miss. Deloitte have implemented an agile working policy which enabled me to return to Deloitte Forensic Technology as a part time worker in their growing St Albans team. Flexible working allows me to work remotely to ease child care issues and to spend quality time with my daughter, here we are standing in muddy puddles – just before jumping!"
Being born and raised in the north of England, the grand plan was always to return from the capital to the fairer half of the country. Joining Deloitte in 2011, I then got engaged to a fellow northerner and we both knew we wanted to eventually journey back up north before raising a family.
As the time approached and we planned to begin a family, concern over working arrangements made its way to the top of our life agenda; however, in conjunction with that, an improved focus on agile working became a prominent Deloitte strategy.
Discussions began with my very niche London-based team. I didn’t want to leave and they didn’t want to lose me considering the significant progress we’d made in my three years with them, but the north was calling.
The team therefore broached discussions with the Leeds office around the possibility of a transfer to Leeds, while remaining within my team – something the team in Leeds were very willing to accommodate. Clearly every situation is unique and what I’ve been able to achieve could not be guaranteed for everyone. But the firm is committed to working closely with you to try to find a solution which works for everyone.
I live within a one hour commute of the Leeds office, as was the case in London, but now we’re near both our families. I’m also pleased to announce that we have a child on the way (due next month). Thanks to Deloitte’s flexibility and open communications between the London and Leeds offices, we were able to move in our own time with much less stress than is usually the case.
Taking into consideration the strides made by Deloitte in relation to technology, the implementation of Desktop Anywhere (allowing me to log in on my personal computer) and the accessibility of the internet from almost everywhere, working remotely is now a doddle. Coupled with secure methods of logging in and your own responsibilities surrounding data protection, the ease with which we can work from whenever, wherever (to coin a well-known Shakira phrase) means that I can meet both firm and client needs, without losing any quality or quantity in output.
As is the case with any role, it is considered important to maintain regular contact with your team, and although I am 200 miles away from them on a daily basis, we maintain regular contact via audio and/or video technology, shrinking the distance and maintaining the bonds that were present whilst I was physically in London.
One of my major clients has also benefitted from my relocation, reducing their journey time to visit me. (Plus, the lunch in the Leeds office received great informal client feedback!)
Finally, the Leeds team deserve thanks and appreciation for making me feel so welcome. Not only were senior management very accepting of my relocation and flexible around dates, but the wider team have made a real effort to get to know me and remind me of my inner-Yorkshireman (in most respects a good thing!) As we don’t work on the same clients, this may not have happened naturally and I appreciated them taking that time to make the transition easier for me.
As I say, everyone’s story will be different but I can vouch for how hard the business will work to support you.
Dan Conlon is a Manager in our Tax team based (now) in Leeds