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Introduction To Reimagination at Work

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What's all this 'reimaginaton at work' business I'm hearing about? Why do diversity and inclusion matter in business? Mo, Allegra, Rachel and their future guests are here to explore this and SO much more. Find out what the podcast is all about!

Hello and welcome to the reimaginationat work podcast. This is our introductory episode to tell you allabout who we are, what we're doing and why you are listening, for. I am yourhaste today, I'm Alebra Chapman and IAM, one of the cocreators of watch thisspace. What your space is a dimestte consultency that exists to helpbusinesses challenge the way they do things rethink their processes,reimagine the structure and we think the company culture so that they canput diversity higher up the agenda and create more inclusive and happierworkplaces. The reason that we crated this business is because we genuinelybelieve and the stuff and all the research supports US- that diverse andhappy companies, ore, more successful, more profitable or productive, moreefficient and just generally make better places to work. So I mjoined bymy fellow watches, space coat creators,...

Rachel, Pirson and Mocanjelel Hi, guyshow you Ding, ewere hello. I'm particularly excited to be involvedbecause diversity, inclusion issues and the drive towards having a more diverseteam to work on and a more diverse level of successful people in ourcountry and across the world is super important. Having the same voices and saying thesame things in charge of all kinds of businesses just means you get the sameresult sound, you have the same experiences and you don't grow or learn or develop,or have new experiences as individuals and this businesses. So I'm realyexcited to talk to you guys and future guests about how that shapes us as people and aculture and as businesses worldwide.

Alright Iknow, I'm also really excitedto be involved in this. This is an idea, that's been kind of brewing and we cametogether to actually do this and create the business and the podcast, and it'sa subject that I've been interested in for years. The fact that you see thesame people running Compani same types of people and it's about being make peoue happy wherethey work, because if you do that, you make everyone feel included and thenthey're going to generate better results. But it's also about kind ofthe the future of businesses and the good of the world. You're only going toget the best products and ideas if you have a wide range of voices. So ifyou're designing, you know life saving, software and equipment, you need themost diverse voices to do that, that you get all of the ideas. And you don'tforget people that need to be including these things. So there's so manydifferent aspects to this. But it's it's generally about making sure thatwe make the world better by making...

...everyone feeling cluded and happy soracel, and I have been running a group fold, brinten dish to women for thelast five years in that time. Racer and I ave spent a lot o time talking to alot of women and hearing a lot of people's stories and then Mo joins uson the the team. At the end of last year, so may has been put of this aswell now for for a long time, and one thing that certainly became really cearto me from running that group and being abuilded in all of those conversationsis that the world of work really isn't working for a lot of people and it'svery problematic in a lot of ways. We've all been talking about ways thatwe could do something about that for Anon time and what we could do to makeit better for so many ofthe people that we meet on a regular basis throughnetwork the apocalypse happened and we all wentinto lockdown and it's been a really stress fir time andit's been a lightmare. But what it has...

...done is given us al, a bit of space andthe Opportunitie to rethink what we're doing. We've been tes busy at work. I've hadclients, you've had to o sort of claser Doos, and you know Marino is in thesame situation, racial his been on furlough, so we've had a bit of himenspace to you to talk in to thing and to really look at this and it's given usthe opportunity to create watch this space, and I definitely feel like now.The world is changing because it's having to it's needed to for a longtime, but it's been held back because people, hate change and the people whorun the current system, don't want it to change because it sells them. Well,I was a Pitru Ay. Now this has happened were having to take step back.Businesses are having to rethink moing thats, something that you've beentalking about a lot recently about how businesses have to adapt now and haveto start rethinking the way that they do things yeah, and it's not just aboutthe fact that it's only been working for certain types of people. I thinkfor businesses to survive and continue...

...and evolve, they're going to have tothink differently about how they do things, because it's not going to workto not do that. So I feel like this is that time, where businesses that don'tadapt and change way of vive, so it feels like exactly the right time to belaunching this and talking about things we need to talk about, because it'sthat time of change and they're often great Chak toind times of change in theworld, and we saw it in the two thousand and eight financial crash thata lot of businesses didn't survive that and didn't come out through that, andso it's going to be the ones that that know they need to change the well comethrough. This tell everybody a little bit about you who you are, what you do:A partfoom watch this pace in Protis to women in general, wealdom Wen ato anface Ol. What do you do? Well at the moment, I'm a digital marxing manager by day forsit visibility, digital marketing agency in Brighton. I absolutely adoreworking there. So it's quite hard at the moment, because few of us, a myselfincluded, are on furlough for a little...

...while. So I have harnessed the Pholofellowg time to work on my big big passion, which is filmmaking. I'velaunched a podcast. The Fan made film podcast, where I talk to realprofessionals in their crafts who have gone to make fan films in variousdifferent fandoms, primarily styrs, because that's what is anonymous withmy name in my circles and that's been really great fun. I've also inpreproduction on my first shot film, which is a little horror film that I'mmaking and yeah just a kind of interesting all things. formaking Motell us alitle about you, Hi Yeah. I know I've been working in tech stalesfor many years in different kinds of Companie, so that small companies bicorporations, Backic, will com poleve again and it's bee. Some of that hasbeen quite hard where it they're not ther a lot of the comiegs on thatdivers. So the WRITTN, my passion and interest in this comes from havinglived through a lot of these things...

...myself until to I'm trying to thinkwhat it was. It was yea about October. Last year I decided to go freelance andI'm now I freelance sales directed for Kisse the fish and Kis. The fishprovides parttime sales directors to companies that want to grow their sales.So we work with all kind of different businesses. It has meant that, becausewe're contractors lot of lives have been on hold during this time, justbecause they needed to save money, but I think that, as we come through, thiswill become more and more relevant because well be able to help. Businessis three N. This HAV come up with their selves stretons, and we seeing that now,so I used to commute never had any time inmy life. I was never at home either travelling overseas or commeting. WhenI stop doing that and have more time, I decided to get more involved in thekind of business community and Brighton, and I met a Legre by that point,because we were both on a panel for the girls network, which is another andmore fassions. I mental and Gisw Girls Network Leo an I were on the panel, sowe met each other then and then from...

...then I started going to Britan disitalwomen events, so that's kind of my involvement and when they did a shoutout from ore people to get involved. I was like yes, please love to getinvolved and yeah it's kind of gone on from there and we've got all sorts ofideas done all kinds of exciting things, but I don't think we oald e cometogether to really do this. Had we not had the apocalypse and we were allsuddenly at home- going? Oh, my God yeah. So it's a strange thing. I knowit's been a really horrendous, traumatic thing that world as gonethrough and obviously lots of people have died. It's horrible, but for us,in our kind of very middle fast lives, is actually Wenin time where we've hadtime to think about these things. We have Te, have Ben Incredibly lucky, andyou know, we've d about this proay before tha. We're incredibly lucky, pinthe positions that we are that. Actually this is what it's out. Okayfor us, and you know I genuinely when all this started wascomminced. I was going to lose on my...

...income and lose my house, and Icompletely like catastrophie my way into you know all of the worst casescenarioes and on the Iverge of a breaker natally things. Things havebeen okect touchwood things have been okay and we have them, maybe lucky and-and actually this has given us this opportunity to kind of you know makethis New Star, so you definitely put a shift into doing more of the things I'mreally passionate about and really care about, which is been amazing. So it'sreally really lucky for me, t that it's all kind of work, Howt, okay, dustpite,being hugely stressful- and you know 'd. It has taken a toll on my mental health,definitely in other ways, but I've been more stressed and more tired and youknow everything's about horrendous. I found that actually out of that I'vebeen producing more, you know, I've been I've been doing more, and so it's been weird in that sense, butit's kind of Nice. I don't have a company Ho inmity club, because,because I'm just na Mi noone who is intrested, you can fi me a elebrahoon chapman com.I am a business mentar for womemen who...

...want to a the star to grow ther inbusinesses, e offer, coating and strastegy support I' also won mintraining. I was a markting Soltan bug in housand for agencies years and yearsuntil I had my daughter a couple years ago, and that leds me really having togo out on my own, and I know that a lot of other women are in siml positions ofnot being able to continue ith their previous kind of more corporate roleswhere once they have kids or when life injurs, so for what ar those women outthere. I am here to hope you, your own boss, and do things for yourself, and Iam also a fiction writer and brulance ten list to that, but of where I'vesuddenly found myself becoming massively productive and writing ladsmore than I've. Then I've dotten in yes owe forgotten about that. We're alsoyeah doing some journalism as well. Yeah lots of there's been lots ofcreativity, an projects going on in this time, amazing, how much blind rage can inspire creativity, yeahnithing actually to be part of this...

...podcast and to be part of watch thespace, because, based on what you've both says- and you know from my experience as welllike in the filmmaking community- it's it's still very, very difficult forwomen in that industry as well. So it's niceto come together for this podcast share. Our experiences share a all of the thekind of thoughts that were having and ways were coping with various things.The progress that we're making sharing that with other people who arepotentially in similar situations as well, and we're really looking forwardto getting guests on who have really valuable experiences to share as wellin terms of that, but it's all coming very much from a place of personalexperience for all three of us in terms of what we want to talk about and whatwe want to change about the world so that itforfor now we just wanted todropin and give you a quick Intebie to who...

...we are and what we're about. But we'rereally excited pon. You bring us oterpase too, to our thoughts. Tu gestyou'll be joined each week by either myself wir Rachel as Your Heist, and wewill guide you through the EPECTHATLE Pasen every week. Well have eitherourselves or some guests to make a couple of predictions or thoughts aboutthe world of work and how we can reimagine it and what we can do about.It will also be asking you guys, get involved on social media and share yourthoughts and beside which one of our particular ramblings is the mostimportant. The first three episodes that will be coming out are going to bea three pot series, which will be the three of us looking to you all aboutthis new normal post, knockdown post, Bonavarus wort. That means for work,how we can all adapt and what we should be thinking about in terms of buildingand you workplace culture. So we really look forward to charing that with youjoin us, then you can find out more about us at whath the space that UK youcan pullow this on your social media...

...platform of choice. We are at to watchthis SPC and we look forward to talking Cheeson Mon thanks for joining USI AWSO.

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