Annual report 2019: Laura Hinton, Chief People Officer, transcript

The world of work is evolving at a rapid pace, and we’re continuing our transformation journey to ensure we’re equipped to meet the challenges and expectations of our people, clients and communities. 

We’ve continued to invest in new technology to engage with our people - from Google+ to tech-enabled employee recognition tools. Training plays a key role in the development of our people, so we’ve launched a firmwide Tech For All learning programme. Preparing for a digital future is also a key strand of our new leadership development programme for senior managers, Stratosphere.

We’re making progress against our diversity action plan and 38% of our newly promoted partners and directors this year are women. We know we still have work to do and this year we conducted a follow up review of the challenges facing ethnic minority people in the workplace.

The wellbeing of our people remains a priority, so this year we launched Be Well Work Well, drawing together all the resources and guidance that we offer to support our people's wellbeing. 

As a large employer we know our responsibilities lie beyond the people who work for us. We’ve been working to provide young people across the country with the skills they’ll need when entering the world of work and this year over 20,000 students benefited from our work with schools.

One year in, our Tech She Can Charter continues to thrive, with over 120 companies now working together to inspire young women to pursue a career in technology. This year we’ve taught female-friendly technology lessons to 650 10-13 year olds.

We’ve been transforming the way we interact with students who are interested in working with us. We’ve been using digital interviews and social media to give an insight into the work we do, our office environment and our culture.

It’s been a great year and we’ve seen a lot of change - from the flexibility of where, when and how we work, to strengthening our relationships with our communities. Our people - past, present and future - are our biggest asset and we’re working to build a digital future together. 


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