Watch This Sp_ce hosted their inaugural Re-imagination at Work Awards that were part of Watch This Sp_ce Conference for National Inclusion week, to celebrate people and organisations that rethink the way they work. They set out to celebrate those making a real difference to reimagine the world to make it more inclusive.
Are we really reimagining the way we work to make it more inclusive? Or are we just doing what comes naturally? 🧐
What’s the secret to building a #PeopleFirst Culture? 🤨
There is NO secret to putting people first. A People First culture is an environment in which employees feel comfortable sharing feedback, raising concerns, have a voice, feel listened to and their suggestions and opinions are respected. Also … promoting and encouraging a Diverse and Inclusive workforce! No two people (not even identical twins) are the same. Whoa! Isn’t this just common sense?
Some key components of creating and building a People First Culture include; employees believing in the Core Values of the company they work for, are treated fairly, respectfully and who see opportunities for growth (personally and professionally). These employees will feel respected, trusted and empowered and are more likely to express their opinions and remain engaged.
So why on earth were WE chosen for an Award?
Well it’s simple, we believe in our Core Values; Trust - Collaboration - Kindness - Passion - Humility - Candour.
We at ASquared are also very much committed to diversity and inclusivity, but we don’t just want to talk about it, we want to DO something about it.
So, what have we done? Aside from the ‘common sense’ stuff, we’ve also committed to the following initiatives:
ASquared, are Putting People First and we are proud to be part of Breathe’s Culture Club.
Some of the examples of us putting our people first are highlighted here: 👇
These pledges aren’t simply to comply with a tick box exercise, we (and I) actually talk about these real-life matters. I am also an open and honest person by nature and I therefore do speak openly about my own experiences of menopause, childloss and mental health. If we’re going to work together to remove the stigma around these topics, we need to lead by example and what better place to start than within our own People Team.
This is why WE were chosen for an Award 🥳
There are so many more topics and initiatives that we will be focusing on in our quest to Re-imagine how we work: talking more about a wider range of Mental Health topics such as Suicide in Men, the high statistics and why we don’t seem to be talking about THIS in the workplace, a deeper understanding of how far ahead, or how far behind we are when it comes to diversity, equality and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives - yes, we’re doing a fair amount but there’s so much more we can and should be doing. And how can we make hybrid working exciting (for those that want to work hybrid) whilst ensuring our remote employees continue to feel a sense of belonging.
And this is HOW we aim to continue to rethink how we work - together.
Article written by: Angie McKenna | Head of Warmth, Smiles & Fun (Yes, that’s an actual job title! 😁)