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Skipp Answers: How do you create an inclusive culture?

At Partners in Performance, we pride ourselves on attracting, retaining and developing the very best talent around the world. With that, we recognise the importance of building a workplace that is welcoming, inclusive and promotes a sustainable lifestyle. We’re focused on four key areas to help our people unleash their potential, both in and out of work:

  • Unleashing flexibility

    Everyone’s needs are different when it comes to balancing work and personal life. Our goal is to ensure each person is given the resources and flexibility to make that balancing act work for them. In some regions this means offering additional short-term unpaid leave, allowing a total of six or eight weeks of annual leave. Whether it’s taking a ‘career break’ to fulfill personal goals such as travelling the world or having the ability to work from home to spend more time with family, we work with each person to put in place the best solution for their lifestyle.

  • Unleashing family

    If expecting a new family member or serving as a primary caregiver, we want to make life as easy as possible. We do this through paid parental leave (up to 16 weeks for Primary Caregiver and 3 weeks for Secondary Caregiver) and offering ways to balance work and family commitments. In some situations, where partners and family members need to be together and there is a requirement to travel on engagement, we work with them on a case-by-case basis to find a solution that works.

  • Unleashing diversity

    Diversity isn’t just a buzzword - it’s vital to our culture, policies and systems. We recognise that diversity is imperative to a great work environment, and it’s part of what makes our people so interesting to work with. Our ethnic, gender, religious, political or sexual orientations may be different, but it’s these differences that allow us to bring new and unique ideas to the table. Whether it’s working with our senior women to support women in the workplace, or reviewing our hiring practices, we are continuously striving to improve our initiatives in this area.

  • Unleashing inclusiveness

    As part of our extensive internal training, we strive to ensure every person is aware of what it means to be inclusive and how unconscious bias can affect those around them. We actively coach our team so they understand the importance of their words and actions being fair and fact-based.

 

Now hear from our team

"I’m committed to us creating a culture within the firm where diversity and inclusion are treasured and eventually become just the way we are."

- Skipp Williamson, MD

 

Culture is a really tough thing to try and manage, because it is an outcome – of the wiring, the behaviours and decisions it causes, and therefore, what it feels like working at Partners in Performance. It manifests as a living, breathing thing, which adapts and changes as people join and (hopefully not too often) leave.  

Every one of us affects our work culture on a daily basis  including the way we interact with each other  and as major social movements have taught us, each of us can have a ripple effect  through our decisions and behaviours. That can be daunting and exciting.

In our best moments at Partners in Performance, when we role model our values – of courage, integrity, compassion/respect, commitment and responsibility, and our unswerving focus on Unleashing Potential – we can create ripples and create an exciting, loving, fun culture that celebrates and feeds on each other’s strengths. 

That’s pretty cool isn’t it? That you can personally create ripples and influence company culture. For me, it means picking the value that you love and bringing it to life – exude it, role-model it, make it infectious for others, perhaps bring them in on your crusade.

I’m committed to us creating a culture within the firm where diversity and inclusion are treasured and eventually become just the way we are.

I want us to constantly celebrate our diversity, whether it is different cultures, backgrounds, passions, or experiences. Diversity is imperative to a great work environment, and it becomes part of what makes us so interesting to work with. And with diversity there's another value we constantly reinforce – the meaning of inclusiveness and how unconscious bias can affect our own behaviours and therefore the people around us.

 
 
 
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🌈In line with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (#IDAHOBIT), our MD Skipp has shared the following with us: "Let’s use today as another reminder to just notice how we behave, and focus on making this the kind of culture where we cherish each other for the very interesting and very different lives and strengths and weaknesses in each of us. There’s a little bit of weird in all of us – find out what it is and enjoy it together."⠀ ⠀ Comment, like, and even share a spash of rainbow with us 🏳️‍🌈⠀ ⠀ #embracediversity #lifeatpip #pipanz #pipcis #pipeurope #pipasia #piplatinamerica #pipnorthamerica #equality #inclusion #rainbows

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An inclusive culture is created by each and every one of us – one kind conversation a day, or one five minute chat to understand another’s world can make such a difference. Over time, as we all do this, this will accumulate into a fantastic, inclusive place where we can all deliver some amazing things and be supported to reach our full potential. 

I want our people to know they can bring their whole self to work – to be able to share their highs and lows (in and outside of work), and know they can be accepted and celebrated for who they are. I want them to have the greatest life they can and to be loved and supported when things aren’t going well, and celebrated when things are. There's something unique in all of us find out what it is, live it, and we can enjoy it together.  

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