Diversity, equity & inclusion

All our welcome at alfa1

At alfa1 we are committed to creating an environment where everyone gets a chance to excel and where diversity in all its forms is encouraged and celebrated. Not only do we believe this is the socially responsible thing to do, we know it is good for business too. Research shows companies with an inclusive culture are more profitable and diverse companies are more likely to outperform their competitors. Diverse teams make better decisions and are more innovative.

At alfa1 we want our team members to feel like they can bring their full self to work and to celebrate all our differences.

We have ambitious targets for improving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) not only within alfa1 but also in the Tech industry as a whole. We know we have some way to go on this journey and many of the challenges are complex and systemic however, we are committed to continuous improvement, inspection and adaptation in line with our core Agile values.

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Equitable Hiring

It is important to recognise we all have unconscious biases and to build it into our hiring practices.

  • By the end of the first half of 2022 we will require all interviewers to have been on an unconscious bias training course.
  • All interviews use scripted questions and written assessments (where appropriate to the role) to improve fairness.
  • Written assessments, including coding challenges, are blindly assessed by a panel.
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Flexible working

We make it easier for team members with caring responsibilities or physical disabilities to contribute without having to travel to an office every day. We also adapt our ways of working to support team members with neurodiversities, and those with mental health challenges.

Even before the pandemic, we were pushing the boundaries of established working practices in our industry and working with our clients to increase remote working. Combining the latest remote collaboration tools with Agile organisational methods, we have proven our ability to bring together people from different countries into an effective team, whether they are at home or in the office.

At alfa1 we:

  • provide all team members with the newest Mac kit, A Pro, 27″ UHD monitor, and we assess options for additional equipment based on each person’s individual needs.
  • support flexible working hours and part time contracts, allowing you to meet care commitments, and supporting parents, guardians and carers who want to gradually transition back to work.
  • do not have a culture of presenteeism or working overtime; we instead focus on quality and team collaboration, and do not want anyone to suffer from burnout.
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Training & Development

We place great emphasis on training and development and believe this is one of the key factors that makes us unique.

Everyone has allocated training hours they can use to study for technical and non-technical certifications, for instance, AWS or Google Cloud Developer, Cloud Architect and Scrum.org Scrum Master or Product Owner. We also encourage team members to run internal Meet-ups and Guilds to ensure knowledge is always shared.

New team members are allocated a Buddy and Mentor, to answer questions, and provide guidance on development and career progression. We have a voluntary scheme pairing team members for regular informal chats, encouraging cross-communication between team members of all backgrounds and levels of seniority.

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Looking to the future

alfa1 continues to grow rapidly, investing more year on year into training and development. We will ensure that DEI is at the heart of this expansion and here are some of the things we are already working on:

  • Better reporting on Ethnic Diversity
  • Mental Health support initiatives
  • Improving Social Mobility
  • Structured, modular training programme for Graduates and existing team members
  • Agile Academy – practice Scrum as part of a team in a one day compressed hands-on learning experience

These initiatives are being driven by members of the DEI working group at alfa1. We encourage any alfa1 champion with new ideas or a passion for DEI to join our group and get involved.

Everyone is welcome!