Author: Kiri O'Brien

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

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.

The Anglocentrism of Annual Leave

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 8th June

We live in an ever more diverse and multicultural community, where true equality requires that all races and religions must be treated the same. In the working world, this means that employees of all faiths deserve the right to take time off work to celebrate and mark religious festivals. 

IDAHOT 2021: Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in the Workplace and Beyond

By Kiri O'Brien on Sunday 16th May

May 17th is an important date in the LGBTQI+ calendar, for members of the community and allies alike. It’s the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT): an event set up in 2004, commemorating the date when the World Health Organisation (WHO) decided to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990.

Digital Accessibility: More Than Just A Marketing Movement

By Kiri O'Brien on Friday 7th May

Perhaps your initial understanding of accessibility is in the form of physical access (for example, installing ramps). However, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) focuses specifically on digital accessibility and inclusion by sparking conversations, educating, and raising awareness.

Why We Started Druthers

By Kiri O'Brien on Thursday 15th April

Kirsty and I started Druthers five years ago with the mission to increase diversity in the tech industry. We were both very discouraged by the lack of diversity and obvious inequity in what is arguably the most influential and future-defining industry there is. As women working within tech recruitment, we could empathise all too well.

How Coronavirus is Making Life Harder for Deaf Workers

By Kiri O'Brien on Thursday 22nd October

For millions of people living with deafness, the pandemic is upending long-established coping mechanisms. With remote working set to continue, inclusive solutions must be found. 

Marking Women’s Business Day: A Brief History of Women-Owned Businesses

By Kiri O'Brien on Tuesday 22nd September

Business Women’s Day is a fantastic occasion to celebrate the impact of women in the workforce, reflect on how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go.

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