In celebration of our Rainbow Tick, we will be sharing with you some stories from our people about what having an inclusive workplace means to them. Today’s story is all about Matt – our Digital Engagement Manager.
“When I joined IAG in 2016, I was nervous about telling my colleagues I was gay. It wasn’t because I was ashamed of being gay – but because it’s always difficult being your whole self when you start a new job, regardless of your sexuality or gender.
However, it didn’t take long before I knew that my new workplace was one that celebrated our differences and made sure that everyone could be their whole selves at work. IAG is a melting pot of cultures, languages, genders and sexuality; after working for years at a relatively bland and conservative workplace, this was an exciting start to my new career.
Only a few weeks into my time at IAG, my partner was joining my team for after-work activities and was added by my colleagues as a Facebook or Instagram friend. For myself and my partner, we felt truly welcomed into the IAG family.
A highlight for my partner and I was marching under the IAG banner next to our CEO and senior leaders in the 2018 Auckland Pride Parade. This is the first time I’ve been at a workplace that has invested so much time and energy into showing their Rainbow Community team members they are supported.
I know that when I come to work, all I have to worry about is doing my job to the best of my ability – I don’t have to worry about being me or hiding who I am. For me, The Rainbow Tick acknowledges all of my colleagues, past and present, who have worked hard to make IAG the place it is today: A truly diverse workplace that celebrates all the great things that make us different.”
Keep an eye out for more stories coming your way this week!