Looking at the achievements of our Pride@Worley people network
Why do we need to acknowledge Pride in the workplace?
That’s a question we asked Marco de Vries, Director of Talent Management and Development, from our office in the Hague in the Netherlands.
“Today, we need Pride more than ever in the workplace,” says de Vries. “Coming out is not something you do only once, but throughout your whole life. Every group you step into, every meeting, every new person you meet, is when you show yourself. This is true for everyone, but when you’re part of the LGBTIQ+ community and work in a global industry, there are so many touchpoints, it’s coming out over and over again. Pride helps us to be our full selves and being able to take that into your workplace is invaluable.”
Aside from his day job, de Vries is also Chair of our Pride@Worley people network, which was formed in 2020 to promote connection across the community and make sure our LGBTIQ+ colleagues feel supported and safe. It addresses issues regarding access to work and opportunities in the workplace, and promotes acceptance and respect towards the LGBTIQ+ community. We formed a steering committee, and our executive sponsors signed a charter to hold to account the objectives set by the network.
“The mission of the Pride@Worley people network aims to create a safe, inclusive and supportive work environment in which our LGBTIQ+ community feel connected, engaged and respected,” explains Tom Foster, President, US Operations and Advisian Americas, and executive sponsor of the network. “All our people from the LGBTIQ+ community and allies are welcome.”
So what does the network do?