British bank Barclays launches mobile app to help lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender staff keep up to date
Spectrum, the LGBT staff network at banking giant Barclays, has launched its own mobile app to help staff keep up with the latest.
The British banks gay workers can use it to access details of upcoming events, news and links to Spectrum’s social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Until now Spectrum, a 10-year-old staff network, has seen most of its membership coming from the bank’s largest office hubs in London’s Canary Wharf, Northampton and Radbroke in Cheshire.
But now organizers want to reach out to more of the 18,000 staff spread across Britain – some of whom don’t have access to a computer or Spectrum’s intranet site at work.
Antony Jenkins, chief executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, said: ‘Barclays is proud of our work to support LGBT staff because we can only be a great business if talented people from all sexual orientations are contributing to our team.
‘We have already been rated the top financial services employer in the UK by Stonewall – and with the new Spectrum app, staff right across our branch network will be able to interact, stay informed and find out what support is available to them.
Natalie O’Donnell, who headed-up development of the app added: ‘I’m incredibly proud of how Barclays has supported this project and our ongoing commitment to brining innovative ideas to our diversity and inclusion strategy.’
Spectrum was named 2011’s Employee Network of the Year by Stonewall, Britain’s leading lesbian, gay and bisexual campaign organization.
And this year Stonewall named Barclays as the third best employer in the UK for LGB staff and the best in Scotland.
Barclays staff can download the app from the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace.