I haven't posted a Passle in a while. In part it's due to having a pretty heavy workload over the last 6 weeks. We delivered our latest annual DEI Week in September, with a focus on Belonging, which was a great success, but always so much planning and organising that goes in to an event like this!
However, it's also been a difficult time of late for many DEI professionals, in particular. The external landscape is tricky - eg. the global economic challenge, the shifting social and political priorities and the current war situation in Israel and Palestine. At a time like this, it feels that the role of the DEI team is more critical to guide organisations in the right direction.
However, that comes at a cost for DEI professionals, I know, from my own perspective, that in the last couple of months I have felt more anxious and more pressure to try and fix problems, as well as dealing with the ever changing external landscape.
Now, more than ever, we need to collectively come together behind a common purpose. In AMS, we remain resolutely focused on delivering an inclusive culture and developing a sense of belonging for all colleagues. We know this is the right thing to do, it will support our growth and ensure that we can continue to recruit and retain the talent we need.
Business is not straightforward right now, I have learnt to better balance all of the constituent parts of home and work life. It's not always easy and I have definitely felt off balance recently, but I am aware of this and actively making changes to put it right.
As ever, I am always open to hearing what others think on this topic - please share your thoughts and comments, let's keep talking!