Author: Kiri O'Brien

Fresh insights on recruiting strategies, Diversity and inclusion and the latest at Druthers Search.

How is gender instilled in kids from a young age?

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 14th June

From the moment the balloons are released at a gender reveal party, children are subjected to gender stereotypes – regardless of whether it’s intentional. It all starts even before they are born.

Making your business multigenerational: age bias and Generation Z

By Kiri O'Brien on Thursday 12th May

When you think of age bias, you might be forgiven for focusing on the discrimination of older generations in the workplace. It’s certainly a huge issue, but there’s evidence that the youngest members of your team might be subjected to equal –  if not, greater –  amounts of prejudice because of their age. The Equalities […]

Hair discrimination – how to embrace individuality

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 12th April

Wearing Black hair naturally, or in Black styles, is both celebratory and political. Since many styles have tribal or historical origins, it can be a nod to heritage or family history, and can also be linked to religious belief. Throughout history, Black people have faced discrimination due to their hair, and have long experienced pressure […]

Resources for supporting the people of Ukraine

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 8th March

On this year’s International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8th March 2022, we wanted to use this blog to highlight a list of resources and ways of supporting Ukraine that we have seen being shared by women in the tech and founder community. If you know of any other causes to include, please get in touch so […]

Diversity & Inclusion Workplace Statistics in 2022

By Kiri O'Brien on Thursday 17th February

As of 2022, stats show that there have been significant strides when it comes to improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. However, there is still so much further to go. Below you will find statistics from Gender, Ethnicity, LGBTQ+, Neurodiversity and Social Class on how they are treated in companies and organisations across the […]

Interviewing Head of Engineering at Thriva, Yemi Awoyemi

By Kiri O'Brien on Wednesday 29th December

We had the opportunity to catch up with Yemi Awoyemi, Head of Engineering at Thriva. Druthers placed Yemi in their role in Feburary 2021. Here is what Yemi said about being onboarded during the pandemic. How did your first day/ week vary to other jobs you have started? How did they infuse their culture into […]

Interviewing remotely and technical testing with Jaime Thompson

By Kiri O'Brien on Friday 29th October

We had the opportunity to catch up with Jaime Thompson, Head of Engineering at Kaluza. Druthers placed Jaime in their role in July 2021. Here is what Jaime said about the interview process during the pandemic.

Vaccine passports: what do we need to know?

By Kiri O'Brien on Friday 3rd September

Vaccination passports have been a hot topic over the last few months. Restrictions in the UK have eased, and with over half of the UK adult population now fully vaccinated, the debates surrounding grabbing a jab, and what vaccines mean for our social and professional lives, is ongoing.

Religious clothing in the workplace

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 17th August

Religion or belief is a protected characteristic, as laid out by the Equality Act 2010. This means that it’s illegal to discriminate against an employee because of their religion or belief – or lack thereof.  Expression of religion or belief can often involve wearing specific items of clothing or jewellery. Whether it’s a crucifix, a […]

It’s time to make ageism old news

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 20th July

Our population is ageing. In the UK, according to the Office for National Statistics, “the population aged 65 years and over is growing faster than other age groups [...] By 2050, it is projected that one in four people in the UK will be aged 65 years and over – an increase from approximately one in five in 2019.” You would think that as communities of older people grow larger, acceptance and inclusivity of these age groups would increase at the same exponential rate; but that sadly isn’t the case.

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