What breaking barriers means to me

Being different is your greatest strength and at Virgin we try to find ways to help people fulfil their potential rather than making them conform and all be the same.

We’re always striving for greater diversity and inclusion in our global workforce and we will be looking at how we’re doing things differently in our latest spotlight series on Virgin.com: Breaking Barriers.

We’re all cut from different stencils – we like different things, we all think differently and we all have different strengths and weaknesses. This is what makes life and business so interesting. Wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?

You should be able to be yourself at work. Inclusivity has always been important because to me it means treating everyone with kindness and treating people how you would like to be treated. It means that every human being is valuable, no matter what our differences are.

I’m proud that many Virgin companies are taking action and embracing some bold initiatives to break down barriers – for example Virgin Media are aiming to help one million disabled people into work and Virgin Trains have a scheme to help ex-offenders find a job with them. Keep an eye on Virgin.com where we’ll be exploring interesting developments regarding access to work and career opportunities across the Virgin Group and beyond.

More often than not, you’ll see that a successful company values diversity and empowers its people to make suggestions and innovations. The best places to work are those that foster an inclusive culture - where differences are celebrated and people can be themselves and feel at home. If you work in an environment where you feel supported, then you’re likely to be your best self at work, and do your best work.

Inclusion and diversity lie at the heart of Virgin, in everything we do. Inclusive, diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth.

What makes you different and how do you use it to your advantage?

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