As we enter 2022, we see the endless trends, predictors and lists of what will shape hiring, learning, working and the general work life. Change continues to be the constant that we must embrace to continue successful growth. But what are some of the actual things we can do to embrace and drive change?
In a series running through the year, we’ll be exploring themes that can create impact and what we can do to drive it. We will be sharing insights and speaking to a variety of People Leaders, covering topics that support employers, current team members and job seekers, including:
I’m kicking things off with a story of my own about the importance of being your real-self at home and work, and not being scared to try things to drive change. I wanted to share something practical that my family recently tried to be more inclusive.
I would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung People of the Kulin Nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which I live and work. I recognise and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories as a proud part of our shared identity, and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
In respect to our national identity, January 26th is a day of contention. Some celebrate Australia Day. I, like others, see it as a day of mourning and want to drive change and greater opportunity and understanding of our blak history.
This past January 26th, my kids, partner and I decided to take the opportunity to understand and celebrate Aboriginal culture. We spoke about how it may feel for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to live on this land for more than 60,000 years and then have someone appear only 200 years ago to say this is no longer yours and claim to ‘discover’ what is your home. We all tried to empathise why the day causes distress for so many.
We followed this up with an activity where we looked at aboriginal art and how symbols are used to share stories. We tried to understand some of the symbols and the story being shared, then decided to do an activity drawing our own symbols (in our own style) of the things that were important to us and share a story of what we hold most dear. All of us had some version of family in our story (I also had a chilli).
By taking the time to better understand more about our history and each other, we can be better allies and have the opportunity to share our experiences to create a more inclusive home and workplace.
This is one story of many that I look forward to sharing across the year ahead as we continue to acknowledge, share and understand each others differences, not only on Australia day.
As we all embrace and drive change my best advice is to try. It’s ok to fail, but keep trying.
Deepak is the Head of Retrained and a passionate people, culture and belonging leader. His specialty lies in enabling individuals to perform together as high functioning teams and creating environments where people are empowered to be themselves.
Deepak's spare time is spent with family, cooking, staying active and keeping a social conscience. He's a keen supporter of the Socceroo's, a casual cyclist and a Sneakerhead!
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