Engagement, talent and culture is essential to us in order to create a great working environment for our people. We encourage everyone who works at Roche to build their careers and pursue their passions. By providing everyone with the opportunity for career development, we ensure the growth of our single largest investment – our employees – and, in turn, the success of our organisation. Roche have been recognized by the Sunday Times newspaper as one of the best companies to work for 2019 and are certified as a Top employer (by the Top employers institute) for Europe and in the UK.
We provide all of our employees with two working days per year to spend on volunteering. Colleagues can choose what type of volunteering they wish to undertake, whether it is gardening for a local hospital, reading to students at school or painting the walls for a charity's office. We also encourage skills-based volunteering where possible; people from our finance team might, for example, help support a charity with budgets or a marketer might help a charity with branding. In Ireland, we have supported different charities with our volunteering days, including AWARE and Make A Wish. Among the activities we participated in to raise funds for AWARE included a cycle ride from our UK office to Brussels, an abseil down Thomond Park and a climb of Carrauntoohil.
LiveWell: Find your Balance, is a global Roche initiative that aims to foster a culture of health and wellbeing among Roche colleagues. In addition to Ireland & UK, over 140 sites in 80 countries are participating in the initiative.
Several LiveWell days and events take place throughout the year where a range of activities take place on-site that all colleagues are welcome to participate in. There is a dedicated LiveWell Week in September - taking place the same time as other Roche sites around the world. By distributing activities throughout the year, it helps maintain our focus on wellbeing and enables colleagues based all around the UK and Ireland to take part.
The UK and Ireland Diagnostics team take part in Brighton Pride each year. We are proud to have an active LGBT+ friends group: OPEN (Out, Proud and Equal Network) which is part of the wider Roche OPEN group operating around the world.
Inspiring and motivating the next generation to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is critical to us. Evidence shows that 89% of STEM businesses have found it difficult to hire people with the required skills in the past 12 months (Source: STEM Learning).
At Roche Diagnostics UK & Ireland, there is an active STEM programme, which includes outreach to schools, universities and students and welcoming students to our offices to show them what we do and work on short projects with them.