Fostering a digital-ready workplace where employees can be at their best
By Adam Parsons, Human Resources Director, Vodafone UK
We’re delighted that the Sunday Times has named us one of the UK’s Top 25 Best Companies to work for. At Vodafone we’re building a community where everyone feels included, supported and inspired to be their best, and we’re always challenging ourselves to improve. Here are three areas we’re focusing on as part of that goal.
One area is helping our staff develop their skills and advance in their careers in a time of digital change. As new technologies continue to transform the way we work, it’s especially important to help our teams get ready for next-generation innovations. Through Vodafone University, an online platform that delivers all our training in one place, our employees can access learning modules on key topics - like digital business skills – whenever and wherever it’s convenient for them.
Another area of focus is diversity and inclusion. Vodafone aspires to be the world's best employer for women by 2025. To achieve this we have introduced initiatives like ReConnect, which aims to help people who’ve been on a career break make the transition back to work. ReConnect aims to hire 1,000 women within three years across Vodafone globally. This builds on our ground-breaking maternity policy – 16 weeks of paid maternity leave across all Vodafone markets.
As part of our diversity and inclusion efforts, we also want to ensure that Vodafone offers the kind of environment where our LGBT+ employees feel empowered, listened to, and cared for. We’re honoured that Stonewall recently named us a Top 100 LGBT+ inclusive organisation, and we’re very proud that our LGBT+ Friends Network has been awarded Employee Network of the Year.
A third area of focus is investing in the workforce of the future. Through apprenticeships, our graduate trainee scheme and internships, we’re helping to acquaint young people with a digital-first workplace. We’re also partnering with social enterprises to deliver educational opportunities for young people. Working with Code First Girls for example, we’re offering free coding workshops for up to 100 teenage girls in the UK. And partnering with TeachFirst, we offer Insight Days to introduce pupils to the world of work and help them learn essential career skills.
We’re not stopping there, of course. We’re recruiting more talent across the business, adding around 2,000 more customer service roles across the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland. At the heart of everything we do is our people – we want to be the best employer we can be so that our teams can be the best they can be, and in turn, provide the best possible service for our customers. As I hope you can tell, I’m really proud of our community at Vodafone, and I’m not alone.
Check out the videos below for an insider’s view into why our employees love working at Vodafone.