Life at Deloitte

Respect and Inclusion 

Bringing your complete self to work

Our respect & inclusion strategy is designed to foster an environment where everyone can bring every aspect of themselves to work, excel, share ideas and where difference is welcomed and harnessed. It is through our inclusive culture that we attract, develop and advance our people, who have varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, which ultimately brings richer, more innovative solution to our clients.

A short film to help everyone at Deloitte think about their personal responsibility to treat people with respect and to judge others on the value they do, and can, bring.

Women in Leadership

Advancing women at all levels is a business priority for Deloitte.

We are taking a number of positive actions to ensure that women are able to fulfil their potential and career goals and are very encouraged by the results we are seeing, with a significant increase in female representation at partner and director level over the last 5 years. We see a strong pipeline of female talent in Deloitte and will continue to work to attract, develop and promote our talent.

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Time is of the essence… exploring the lived experience of parents within Deloitte Ireland

At Deloitte, we aspire to offer the most inclusive workplace in Ireland for our people. We know from the research that real diversity, people with different backgrounds, perspectives, beliefs and ways of  thinking and working together, leads to better decisions and solutions. In order to make an impact that matters for our clients, our people and in society, we need to enable this diversity of thought. The only way we can achieve this is if our people feel they can bring their whole selves to work. 

The aim of this project was to explore the lived experience of parents working within Deloitte – to understand their thoughts and feelings regarding the challenges of combining parenting with working within a professional services firm. Their experiences were captured via a method of participatory photography known as photovoice. Photovoice is a research methodology and an advocacy tool which uses photographs, coupled with facilitated group dialogue and photo-captioning, to give voice to people’s lived-experience of a particular issue. The results are fascinating. Take a look.

Photovoice Project

Do people from outside Ireland feel included? If they don’t, what will it take to resolve that? What does an inclusive workplace mean? We asked a number of our people in Deloitte as part of Photovoice project to share their deepest personal experiences on camera. It is so easy to group and categorise people, but through their photos we see the individual shine through: their personal experiences,their hopes, their struggles and their desire to be part of Deloitte and its future. It was encouraging to see so much positivity shone through in terms of the opportunities people feel they have here in Ireland and abroad. Click the link to download the full brochure here and be amazed and surprised.

Gender Balance

Marking International Women’s Day on March 8, Emily Styles finds out from Lorraine Griffin how the gender balance has been improved at Deloitte.

Lorraine Griffin is a tax heavy- hitter. She started her career in Arthur Andersen 20 years ago and became a Tax Partner in Deloitte in 2002. In 2015, she was appointed Head of Tax Services, and now runs a department of around 300 people. Read her story here.

Return to Work Programme

The programme has a key aim of helping women transition back into the workplace who have taken a break or returning after maternity leave. Participants are provided with tailored support and coaching to help them to readjust back into the world of work in professional services.

Torunn Dahl, Senior Manager in Talent:

Our Return to Work programme is just one of the ways in which we are focused on ensuring that we provide a working environment where women can thrive at all stages of their career. As a firm, we also believe that enabling women to re-enter the workplace plays an important role in ensuring that we are a diverse organisation.

Agile Working

Deloitte is committed to developing working practices through a combination of formal and informal arrangements, that support agility in terms of where, when and how we work.

We are always looking to enhance our approach to agile working and to support our people in finding a healthy work-life balance. We are excited about the launch our new Time Out programme which allows our permanent staff to take one months unpaid leave off a year. Time Out is being introduced to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to take an additional block of leave to focus on something that's important to them outside of work and that can be anything from chillng in Cuba to climbing Everest!

With the right consideration given to individual needs, those of the team and the nature of the work, we try to provide a platform for our people to consider a blend of day to day actions and formal options, which help them to manage the balance between demanding personal and professional priorities.

Read Ciara O'Brien's story on managing work with family.

LGBTA Network

As part of our Deloitte networks, our LGBTA network provides support and a shared sense of belonging for our LGBTA community, champions LGBTA recruitment, development & advancement and plays an important role in profiling our LGBTA agenda, educating our people and connecting with the Deloitte community and broader LGBTA community.

Valerie Daunt, Partner in Consulting

At Deloitte Respect and Inclusion is key to everything we do. Ensuring our LGBTA employees can be themselves is a priority for our leaders and something they are accountable for. As a Partner, I’m personally very committed to being an advocate and ally for all our LGBT employees. We know that diversity contributes to better decision making and a happier workplace, which is why we work at ensuring we are truly inclusive and ensure all issues are been discussed at the CEO level.

Deloitte ranked #1 on DiversityInc’s Top 10 List for Global Diversity
Deloitte taking part in Dublin Pride 2018

Amy Shah, Senior Manager, Deloitte and Deloitte LGBTA Committee Lead:

In my 11 years with Deloitte, I have had a positive, inclusive experience as part of the US and Ireland member firms. Deloitte encourages inclusivity and seeks out diversity. As a senior manager and as the Deloitte Ireland LGBTA Champion, I am proud to mentor and recruit individuals knowing that their unique backgrounds will be respected and celebrated.

Dane Martin Hickey, Manager in Audit & Assurance

As an LGBT individual, it is important for me to know that my employer supports me and that the culture of my workplace is one of respect and inclusion. Difference is something we all have in common, and the focus and attention that Deloitte is placing (both globally and locally) on Diversity shows the true colours of the firm. I have no reservations about being my authentic self at work, and I feel comfortable knowing that I can express who I am with openness and honesty.”

Dublin Pride Month

Deloitte are delighted to be part of Dublin Pride Month for the past two years with our participation in the parade being one of the highlights of our year. 

International Women's Day 2018

For our celebration event on 8 March, we welcomed Judith Gilsenan, Head of Fundraising and Marketing for Debra Ireland who spoke about the work of this wonderful charity. DEBRA Ireland is a national Irish charity, established to provide support services to patients and families living with the debilitating skin condition epidermolysis bullosa (EB). Eimear McCarthy and Valarie Daunt spoke about their forthcoming Arctic Challenge for DEBRA Ireland.

We also heard from Liz Collins, who is a family patient ambassador for DEBRA Ireland and whose 14 year old daughter Claudia suffers from EB. Liz is truly an inspiration and someone who presses for progress in all aspects of her life.

We also had a panel of inspiring Deloitte women on the day, who are all doing amazing things in addition to their Deloitte roles, including representing Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games next month, co-founding an app for buying and selling pre loved clothes, directing theatre groups and completing a charity cycle in memory of a female colleagues who loved to cycle!

Deloitte Unplugged and Time Out

We recognise the importance of positive well-being and the ability to achieve career-life and have a number of supports in place to help you manage your life and reward you for been part of a world class team.

Deloitte Unplugged is the firm’s wellbeing initiative. The programme focuses on reminding our people to refuel both physically and mentally and change the mind-set that we have to be ‘plugged in’ all of the time. We are committed to supporting our people to make sure they take time out to unplug. After all unplugging is good for all of us – for our health, our creativity, our energy and our focus. As part of the programme we have a bi-monthly newsletter covering areas such as flexible policies, healthy recipe ideas, mindfulness and articles on health and wellbeing. We also hold information sessions and programmes throughout the year covering fitness, health and diet.

We are excited about the launch our new Time Out programme which allows our permanent staff to take one months unpaid leave off a year. Time Out is being introduced to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to take an additional block of leave to focus on something that's important to them outside of work and that can be anything from chilling in Cuba to climbing Everest!


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