Author: Kiri O'Brien

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

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.

How Do We Return to Work in the Middle of a Pandemic? 

By Kiri O'Brien on Thursday 13th August

With life unlikely to go back to normal for some time yet, businesses should be finding ways to make the return to work as safe, and inclusive, as possible. 

How Coronavirus Moved The Pride Celebrations Online

By Kiri O'Brien on Wednesday 15th July

This year, while organisers were gearing up to make Pride 50 the biggest one yet, the COVID-19 outbreak was sweeping across the globe, making it impossible to gather in large groups.

Anti-Racism In Recruitment: From Good Intentions To Meaningful Action

By Kiri O'Brien on Friday 12th June

The majority of our clients are always shocked when we tell them just how rife racism is in recruitment. But in a typical tech recruitment agency, there is absolutely no incentive to spend the time to make sure you are putting forward a diverse slate of candidates. Read more about how to be an anti-racist recruiter.

Understanding The Impact Of Coronavirus On BAME People 

By Kiri O'Brien on Friday 29th May

As governments begin outlining plans for life after lockdown, we are all excited at the prospect of being reunited with our family and friends. Yet as the news reminds us every evening, for many, this opportunity is lost forever. 

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