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Tessian Officially Named a 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women

  • By Laura Brooks
  • 01 July 2021

Tessian’s mission is to secure the human layer by empowering people to do their best work, without security getting in their way.

We’re excited to announce that Tessian has been recognized as one of the top three medium-sized companies in the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women for 2021. 

Our Human First value, its commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and its Employee Resource Group (ERG) for women – Tes-She-An – are just some of the reasons why people love working at the company.

This recognition confirms that: 

  • Tessian is a great workplace for all employees, including women.
  • Tessian recognizes that women represent a valuable talent pool in increasingly talent–constrained industries such as cybersecurity and technology. 
  • Tessian lives up to its company values of ‘Human First’ and ‘We Do the Right Thing’, as its leaders make meaningful changes to improve their ability to recruit, retain and nurture top female employees.
“What our 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women clearly show is the positive impact their practices have on business. As a result, they are better able to attract and retain women of talent, encouraging them to develop professionally and personally, and in turn, contribute exponentially to the success of the organizations they work for. ”
Benedict Gautrey Managing Director of Great Place to Work® UK

Education and training have been foundational first steps in Tessian’s DEI strategy. We partnered with Jeff Turner, former International Learning and Development Director for Facebook, to deliver company-wide training around diversity, unconscious bias and inclusion.

We’ve also taken the time to establish our long-term DEI roadmap – which includes a diversity recruitment strategy across all hiring levels, expanding the entry-level talent pool by creating junior jobs for people entering the tech industry, and prioritizing the development of future leaders through well-defined growth frameworks across the company. 

“Challenging the status quo to create more equal opportunities in the tech industry is, ultimately, the right thing to do.”
Paige Rinke Head of People, Tessian

In addition, Tessian’s ERG group – Tes-She-An – provides a space to support all employees who identify as women, celebrate their achievements, and help each other “shine even brighter” by focusing on career progression. The group runs monthly workshops for women, and invites inspiring external guests who are leading the charge in creating equal opportunities in the tech industry, to speak to employees. Importantly, these events do not operate in a closed network. They’re open to the entire company – not just women. 

As a result of these initiatives and programs, 99% of Tessian employees surveyed by Great Place to Work® agreed that people at the company are treated fairly regardless of their gender. 

Paige Rinke, Head of People at Tessian, says: “We are so proud to be recognized as a Best Workplace for Women and hear first-hand from our employees that our initiatives to create an inclusive workplace are resonating. One of our core values is Human First, and we’re committed to ensuring every employee feels supported and valued, and to improving gender and ethnicity representation across all levels of seniority at Tessian through our DEI efforts.

“Why? Because empowering our people to thrive in an inclusive environment and challenging the status quo to create more equal opportunities in the tech industry is, ultimately, the right thing to do.” 

Benedict Gautrey, Managing Director of Great Place to Work® UK, explains: “We’re delighted to recognize so many great organizations in this fourth year of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women list. The issues affecting women in the workplace, particularly what we’ve witnessed in the face of the pandemic including parity of pay and advancement opportunities, continue to be important topics.

“What our 2021 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women clearly show is the positive impact their practices have on business. As a result, they are better able to attract and retain women of talent, encouraging them to develop professionally and personally, and in turn, contribute exponentially to the success of the organizations they work for.”

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Laura Brooks PR Director
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