How can we #ChooseToChallenge working practices and cultures to improve employee experience and wellbeing

Tara Mansfield, Head of People at Monzo
Bukola Adisa, founder of Career Masterclass
Natasha Khimji, founder of LevelUp
Niamh and Caroline at Code Club, pre-covid
Niamh McCooey, front-end developer at Elsewhen
Caroline W, front-end developer at Elsewhen

Tara: My first question is around Intersectionality at work — how do you think companies should approach intersectionality in their D&I strategy? What does good look like?

Bukola

Intersectionality is what every organisation should aspire to when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion strategies because people don’t always fit neatly into one ‘diversity box’. Also, if we are to move away from D&I being a tick box exercise, organisations will need to ensure that they are intentional about allocating adequate resources and appropriate focus to each area of diversity.

Tara: Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever and some employers are doing a lot to support their employees. What are the best practices you’ve experienced firsthand or witnessed from afar?

Bukola

Tara: People can often feel they have to become more typically masculine at work in order to succeed whether that be in approach, communication etc. Have you ever felt this way?

Bukola

I think any female who has worked in male dominated organisations would have felt this temptation at some point in their career but I genuinely believe you don’t bring the best of yourself to work if you are channeling someone else or another persona. Authenticity, while a buzzword of some sorts is very important to the feeling of psychological safety at work and I believe the safer you feel, the more innovative and productive you are.

Tara: My final question for you all is around politics in the workplace — companies can often discourage conversations around Politics at work but given that, for many individuals, their basic human rights are at risk — how do you create space for those conversations?

Bukola

--

--

Moving women in tech forward. Together.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Ada's List

Ada's List

Moving women in tech forward. Together.