Turning inclusive intentions into meaningful actions
Senior Business Administrator
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As an organisation, we've been asking ourselves, 'How can we translate our inclusive intentions into meaningful actions?' Jen Kelly explores some of what we've been working on recently
It’s a question we ask ourselves here at Nexer Digital regularly. How do we translate our intention of having a fully inclusive and diverse team into impact and action in real terms? As a human-centred company that designs and develops products to make people’s lives better, we do some things very well. We also know we can and should always do better, and as we’ve grown, we’ve kept that question at the forefront of everything we do.
This week we had our quarterly team meeting, which presented a good opportunity to reflect as a team on our recent progress and put our heads together to share some ideas for the future too. We also enjoyed an excellent talk from neurodiversity consultant Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, which offered plenty to reflect on (and which we'll discuss further down this piece). For now, here's what we've been working on.
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)
We now have 2 ERGs at Nexer Digital:
- Cultural And Religious Inclusion at Nexer Group, or CARING.
- Access at Nexer (Disability Inclusion)
Flexible Working For All
Nexer Digital started 16 years ago with flexible working embedded into the culture. We have always allowed people to work from where they feel comfortable and to suit their own needs. As we’ve grown that hasn’t changed, and we now have people based all over the UK and work alongside colleagues from all over the world. We embraced part time and flexible hours from the beginning, and now have team members working 4 day weeks, compressed hours, 9 day fortnights and more.
We give extra annual leave and add more on for ‘life events’. We offer a public holiday swap for anyone who wants to take their days at a different time, so religious, cultural and social needs can be met without singling anyone out. We offer nomad working, and cultural exchanges and encourage the team to ask for different ways of working.
Informing our practice
We are also looking at how this informs our day-to-day project delivery, and which groups we might form next. In the current political climate, the threat to trans inclusion and given the make-up of our team, LGBTQ+ is an obvious group to form at Nexer. Although our own rainbow community might not have felt that need, thankfully, we should look at how we might challenge the way products and services are typically designed by heteronormative and Cisgender experiences. Watch this space!
Neurodiversity and inclusion
Our commitment to inclusion includes a commitment to continuous learning and the acknowledgement that it's an ongoing process, with room for improvement always present. So, when accessibility consultant and public speaker Rachel Morgan-Trimmer reached out to us a couple of weeks back with some accessibility feedback about this year's Camp Digital, we were grateful for the opportunity to reflect and improve on areas we might have overlooked.
It was also brilliant timing, given the work we'd been doing, and the upcoming team meeting, and so we invited Rachel to come along and speak to us. Rachel's talk was a lively, thought provoking and often humorous explainer of neurodiversity and individual experiences. It's given plenty for us to reflect on around ways of working and taking an approach that is inclusive to neurodiverse individuals, and we'll be following up with Rachel to see how her work might influence the Access at Nexer ERG.
The above represents just some of what we've been working on to move forward our inclusion efforts, but it's an ever evolving process of learning and iteration. The amazing contributions of our team and ERGs have really been driving these developments, and as we always prefer to take a transparent approach to these things, we're keen to share the outputs as much as possible. Stay tuned. :-)