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National Inclusion Week

Celebrated National Inclusion Week between 27 Sep 2021 - 03 Oct 2021 by sharing short stories during daily huddles to celebrate our authenticity to promote inclusion within the team.

In the simplest of terms, inclusion refers to a cultural and environmental feeling of belonging, while diversity focuses on the makeup of your workforce. Both inclusion and diversity go hand and in hand, and it brings together unique individuals from varying backgrounds and diversities to integrate and work together.

Inclusivity Checklist:
  • Value differences, let's create and maintain an environment where people can feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work.
  • Ensuring that everyoneโ€™s voice is heard, opinions are considered and value to the team is evident.
  • Provide workers with a safe space to voice their concerns.
  • Ensuring that everyoneโ€™s voice is accommodated, without any conditions or forced-choices. Keep in mind that more often a solution, although seemingly simple to some, will not suit everyone!
  • Daily interactions are the most telling sign of whether your company has an inclusive culture.
  • Respect others, despite their looks, the skill they bring in, what they eat, etc.
  • Respect Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Benchmark key aspects of your organizationโ€™s culture, and understand the employee experience before making changes to promote inclusivity.
  • Ensure inclusivity as a core competency for senior members and managers.

Organizations with inclusive cultures are:
  • Two times more likely to exceed financial targets
  • Three times more likely to be high-performing
  • Six times more likely to be innovative and agile
  • Eight times more likely to achieve business outcomes

Reasons why someone might feel comfortable:
  • Personal Preferencesย 
    • Food (Vegetarian, Vegan, etc) ๐Ÿฅ™๐Ÿฅ˜๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅ‘ ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿ”
    • Looks (Clothing, Style, etc) ๐Ÿ‘•๐Ÿ‘–๐Ÿฅป๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ‘™๐Ÿ‘˜๐Ÿ‘š๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ‘“๐ŸŽฉ๐Ÿ‘Ÿ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ“ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿพโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ
    • Social Life ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ‘ฏโ€โ™‚๏ธ
  • Religious and Cultural beliefs
    • Religious Practices \ Events (Xmas, Eid, Holi, Shiwarti, etc) โ˜ธ๐Ÿ•‰โ˜ชโœโœกโœกโ˜ฏโ˜ฆ[โ›ฉ๐Ÿ•‹๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ•Œ
  • Other
    • Proficiencies (Subject, Tech, etc)
    • Language (Having an accent, etc)

Few examples from the references of why some may feel excluded or uncomfortable:

  • The religious practices and restrictions on Saturdays or Sundays followed by some employees made them feel like they had to choose between โ€œbeing part of the teamโ€ and their faith.
  • Those who were differently abled or unable to swim well felt excluded from the relay race in the pool.
  • Vegetarians would have to excuse themselves from the โ€œtaste-testโ€ part of the barbecue competition.
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I'm Made by Dyslexia

Did you know I am dyslexic? It is dyslexia awareness month (October) and I want to raise awareness to help more people feel confident in being able to discuss dyslexia.

As a young boy I remember being made to feel stupid and was ridiculed by people around me (colleagues, teachers) because I had certain difficulties that even I did not understand then. It's only when I moved to Singapore for my higher studies that I became aware of dyslexia and began to understand and learn to appreciate being dyslexic. I was insecure about my differences for years until I recognised that the key to overcoming my insecurity was to embrace it!

In the recent years, there has been a lot more awareness (Dyslexia DecodEd by Microsoft) especially for employers to educate everyone on traits and even more on skills of dyslexia, such as problem-solving, the ability to do complex things and find solutions.

Yes, I'm terrible at spelling and writing because I see letters and numbers very differently. Over the years I learnt to embrace it, and more importantly to educate those around me to establish that difficulties with spelling or language does not determine an individual's intellectual capacity. Let's focus on what I'm writing and not how I'm spelling it.

While dyslexia can make certain things a bit difficult, it also has great advantages. Learning to embrace dyslexia made me become more creative, flexible, competitive and determined.

Some of the strengths dyslexia brings to the world and procurement are highlighted within this remarkable article by Made By Dyslexia: The Value of Dyslexia.

  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Making Connections
  • Big-Picture Thinkers
  • Problem-Solving
If you're interested in learning more on this, I highly recommend This is Dyslexia by Kate Griggs.
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Here is a brilliant and refreshing article on what makes an incredible team culture and how millennials are rocking it!

Kudos to all millennial managers, leaders, and enablers out there for redefining team culture, the way we work and for empowering and inspiring people around them!

What astounds me the most is the common old-age belief that team culture is defined by an organisation when it's not. Itโ€™s defined by you and me, people!

A team is more than just a group of people who work together; it is also a group of people who trust one another, collaborate towards a common goal, and share responsibility, purpose, and vision.

Recognise and provide intrinsic and extrinsic rewards to deserving individuals as often as you can. Never ever tolerate toxicity or poor work ethic. There will be no motivation when there are no consequences for poor work ethic and no reward for good work ethic.

Always be the reason others feel welcomed, seen, heard, valued, and supported.

I strongly believe that your greatness does not come from what you have. It's all about what you give!

Trust, Enable, Allow.

#kudos #millennials #trustbasedleadership #enablers #leaders #leadershipmatters #valuepeople

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On vanity metrics and OKRS, how to stop wasting time on the wrong things, by Julian Shapiro.

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This is significant, important, overdue and needs to be getting a lot of attention. It also needs to set a precedent for other news organizations, particularly in tech, but also economics, politics, and beyond.ย 

Today, The Verge is updating our public ethics policy to be clearer in our interactions with public relations and corporate communications professionals. Weโ€™re doing this because big tech companies in particular have hired a dizzying array of communications staff who routinely push the boundaries of acceptable sourcing in an effort to deflect accountability, pass the burden of truth to the media, and generally control the narratives around the companies they work for while being annoying as hell to deal with.ย 

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This advice really can't be understated. Code ages. Technology changes. If you're writing about #development issues and topics, readers need to know if the advice is old or not.

If itโ€™s a tutorial or news announcement, the date is critical. Knowing the date adds context to the content, allowing the reader to quickly assess the value of the information. And if your blog post is about something technical, itโ€™s crucial that you add the date. Along with the version of the technology youโ€™re writing about.

#technology #writing #WebDevelopment #WebDesign #coding #JavaScript #PHP #CSS #RubyOnRails #React #Angular #VueJS