Diversity covers not only the inherent characteristics of a person that are often protected in law, but also the acquired characteristics gained through different experiences, backgrounds and choices. In an increasingly global world, diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice. At Siemens Healthineers, we embrace the differences that each colleague brings to the table. We know that each person brings a unique outlook that we can all learn from.
Diversity and Inclusion is key in the workforce. Today, a diverse workplace attracts the vital talent that will drive our future success. We currently have five generations working together and only through having a culture of inclusion can our workforce be truly engaged.
Our mission at Siemens Healthineers, is to inspire every employee to create an environment for people to be themselves and spark ideas. We encourage personal development, social activities and training, so our employees can be the best versions of themselves.
Siemens Healthineers is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, sex, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, transgender, sex stereotyping, protected veteran or military status, and other categories protected by federal, state, or local law.
Unconscious Bias in the Workplace
At Siemens Healthineers, we understand that it is human to have an unconscious bias. However, we know that we must make a conscious effort to avoid this. We embrace those who think differently, we value those who differ in experience and we respect individual qualities. As a company, we aim to strengthen our work force by ensuring that we do not have a single direction of thinking.
Our employees' voices are of high importance to our company culture. They are also extremely valuable between colleagues. Our lean-in sessions are voluntary, employee-hosted group discussions touching on thought-provoking topics such as, mental health, career guidance and more.
Every person has a variety of experiences and outlooks that are worth sharing, and our lean-in sessions exist to uncover new perspectives and advice amongst one another.
We are always encouraging our employees to learn and grow at Siemens Healthineers. Whether it's wanting to learn how other parts of the company function on a day-to-day basis, or perhaps it serves the purpose of exploring an internal job change; we want to make sure that our employees' goals are supported and met. No matter the objective, job shadowing is a valuable experience.
Our 1-2-1 mentoring is a personalised scheme that allows employees to seek out a mentor to guide them towards their goals. For example, a colleague who has expert knowledge in an area they want to improve, which would benefit the mentee's current role and progression.
The mentoring scheme is a two way process, whereby the mentors benefit from the experience of helping someone who may not necessarily work in their team, and due to the mentee being the sole driver of the relationship, they can take charge of their progress.
We want our employees to engage with their colleagues around the business, and we understand that it can sometimes be difficult to achieve this in a busy environment. Our Coffee Roulette is a voluntary scheme set up for colleagues to take 20 minutes out of their day, to have a coffee with a fellow employee that has been picked out of a randomised list, to simply get to know the person and their role within the company. Employees not only receive a pleasant conversation, but also a contact within the business whom they may not have had the chance to know before.
By diversifying employees' circles, we are able to successfully collaborate with one another and create an efficient working environment.
Siemens Healthineers sponsors RisingWISE, a newly established programme that aims to foster long-term relationships between enterprising early-career researchers in academia (from University of Oxford and University of Cambridge), and women working in industry.
RisingWISE is a three-weekend programme for women in STEM, tailored to develop existing skills whilst offering mentoring and networking opportunities in sessions covering themes, such as:
We joined forces with The Institution of Engineering and Technology to inspire and influence the next generation of female engineers.
We featured some of our very own engineers to be published in the E&T Women in Engineering and Technology supplement distributed at the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards. Read the full article here.
We hope that this visibility will show young talent the variety that they can achieve in our workforce, and that there is always a place for female engineers at Siemens Healthineers.
The 8th March 2020 marks International Women's Day. Here at Siemens Healthineers, we want to take time to recognise the achievements of women in our workforce. We take pride in the equal opportunities we provide and will continue to support every employee in their journey here.
Take a look at a few of our stories and employee interviews to learn more about women at Siemens Healthineers: