Over the past ten years, I've seen a very welcome shift in people's understanding of real life in the work place. It's ok to be a carer and work full-time too, it's ok to be an introvert and need quiet space in the office, it's ok to bring your whole self to work. I was a working carer from 2009 to 2015 and looking back I can't quite believe I juggled it all so well.
Me and my Dad at Otley Chevin - taking a moment on the way home from a hospital appointment. Working carer 2009 - 2015. I've worked in lots of different cultures and environments and thankfully I've had very good experiences as well as more difficult experiences. What I've learned is that I have a part to play in setting that culture... if I'm open, then the team is encouraged to be open - these things matter, especially over time. Being ok is a big part of being part of a team and doing good work together. I keep coming back to the GDS Code of conduct that I found on my first day at Co-op Digital. This made me feel welcome, at home and valued... it's not a coincidence I did some of my best recent work with this team.
The GDS Team Code of Conduct