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ByJoanne Lockwood

Transphobia rife among UK employers as 1 in 3 won’t hire a transgender person

Let me be blunt, it is 2021 and it is still the case that Trans and Gender Diverse individuals face a significant level of discrimination and marginalisation in both society and the workplace, if we spoke about Black People, Disabled People, or a Person of Faith in the way that trans people are portrayed in the media then there would-be public outcry.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Time to take your penguins for a walk?

For many, lockdown number three is proving to be the hardest yet.

It is cold and dark outside, schools are closed, and job security is an issue for many. Financial pressures are mounting, and we will have been living with Covid-19 in our lives for an entire year as of next month.

Are we looking after ourselves, are we focusing on our own individual needs and ensuring our own mental health is being looked after?

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ByJoanne Lockwood

It’s tough being LGBTQ+ on Valentines’ Day – where are we represented and thought about?

We live in a cis-hetero-normative world and Valentines’ Day reminds many of us of this fact every year.

Everything seems to be geared up around “the lady” and what “the man” will do to woo for affections – ok that may well be the historic story, but we are in 2021 – if the cast of Bridgerton can come from a wide range of communities and sexualities then organisations can think about the message they put out each and every year.

It is LGBT history month in the UK and this surrounds Valentines’ Day – yet we do not have major brands stepping up and shouting out for the LGBT community in their product lines to appeal to those who have same sex partners or who are bi, pan or aromantic.

Marks and Spencer were lorded for their BLT with guacamole to create the LGBT sandwich, but I think they missed a trick this year with the campaign “Valentine’s Day Colin the Caterpillar cake with Connie in ‘Love Cocoon’”

No option to customise this for two Colins, two Connies or even a saucy two Colins and one Connie. Don’t get me started on the overtly gendered names themselves or the white Britishness of the whole experience.

C’mon big brands walk the talk not just this month but every month – we don’t live in a binary cis het world – I know it and you know it – step up! Next year make Valentines’ Day for everyone.

#lgbthistorymonth #opinionpiece

ByKaren Attlesey

Burnout cannot be dismissed as something that will magically disappear!

An interview with Joanne Lockwood, Founder & CEO of SEE Change Happen and Chris Merrifield, Founder of Burnout Fighter about stress and burnout.

Burnout is often described as a workplace phenomenon and can be dismissed as something that will magically disappear. As a result of this people often do not know the warning signs, or do not feel able to ask for help, should they need it. Research has shown how detrimental stress and burnout can be to a person’s physical and mental health – often affecting their whole lives and there is not one quick fix.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Don’t abuse today’s troubled job market

As has been said many times, we are in the same storm but very different boats. Even now, more than nine months on, we are all continuing to be disrupted by Covid-19 – some more than others.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Did we learn anything this year?

I think it is fair to say that 2020 did not go to plan.  We all had our 20:20 visions lined up ready to go until the brakes were firmly applied on the 23rd of March. 

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Time to call impact of language into account

You will have seen of many examples in the media where organisations have gotten themselves into difficulties due to poor choices or words, or where actions are inappropriate.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Is ‘diversity hiring’ working OK for you?

Let’s assume for one moment that you are thinking about to need to develop your business to be representative of your customer based or the community in which you serve.  And let us face it, that is a big assumption!  Many organisations are still not realising the opportunity of enriching their number with people of varying lived experience and background.

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ByJoanne Lockwood

Busting the myth of meritocracy is a must

The best person should get the job? – of course, that is the myth of the recruitment industry that has propagated the monoculture in corporate Britain for decades. 

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SEE Change Happen: Transgender Awareness & Inclusion