Author: Kirsty Trafford-Owen

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

What’s on the priority list of Heads of Diversity and Inclusion in 2023?

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Thursday 19th January

The first few months of the year are all about making goals, firming up plans and reigniting that spark within you. While we believe you can make plans and ‘resolutions’ all year round (it’s never too late!) we know that there’s something irresistible about setting some objectives in January and February. So, where do we […]

Creating accessible workspaces

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Thursday 3rd November

In 2021, there were 390,000 more disabled people in employment in the UK than in 2019, despite the drop in numbers between those years caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re seeing progress when it comes to disability and employment – but still, the barriers disabled people face in the world of work are plentiful. […]

Understanding the cost of living crisis

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Friday 9th September

Times are tough. You don’t need us to tell you that. We’re heading deeper and deeper into a cost of living crisis. Our disposable incomes are decreasing as bills and prices soar. High inflation and rising taxes are overtaking our wages and benefits. We are, undoubtedly, heading for a very difficult winter. It’s hard to […]

Normalising pronouns in the office: what you need to know.

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Tuesday 19th July

Using the right pronouns when addressing or introducing colleagues is a crucial part of ensuring that everyone feels included and welcome within your working environment. Just as someone’s name is a huge element of their identity, so too are their pronouns. 

Global Day of Parents – navigating a whole new world for the working parent

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Wednesday 1st June

This year marks the 10th Global Day of Parents; a celebration of parental units in all their shapes and sizes, introduced by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 and marked annually on 1st June.

Impostor syndrome: what it is, and how to overcome it

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Wednesday 27th April

We hear a lot about impostor syndrome. Have a quick scroll through your social media feeds and you’re bound to find at least one post from someone who can’t quite believe that they deserve their success. In fact, apparently, as of 2021, 77% of the UK suffers from impostor syndrome. The term impostor syndrome is […]

Entertainment and Inclusion in 2022

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Monday 28th March

Diversity in the entertainment industry has been a talking point for years, but how much progress has been made? As the annual awards show season celebrates the last year in film, we take a look at how identity plays a role in Hollywood success. The following videos showcase the stories and struggles of individuals from […]

A firsthand experience of Autism in the workplace with Lottie Maddison

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Thursday 24th February

Over 700,000 people in the UK are on the Autism spectrum, but only 1 in 6 Autistic people in the UK have a full-time job. It’s wildly under-discussed that – without reasonable adjustments being made – the workplace can be a daunting experience for Autistic people who often have difficulties with communication and social interactions.  […]

Interviewing Dr Julie Humphreys, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Reach plc

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Thursday 6th January

Interviewing Dr Julie Humphreys, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Reach plc We had the pleasure of catching up with Dr Julie Humphreys, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Reach, to hear more about her role and the impact of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the publishing industry.  Please tell us about yourself […]

How to support deaf and hard of hearing people in the workplace

By Kirsty Trafford-Owen on Friday 26th November

For the first time ever, primetime Saturday night television is propelling the conversation forward on how deaf and hard of hearing people can move through an often unaccommodating world. 

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