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If you want to learn more about making your studio more inclusive, make a date to attend the WorkPride conference from next Monday, June 14th.WorkPride is run by myGwork, the global business community for LGBTQ+ professionals, and they are returning with their WorkPride conference for a second year from Monday June 14th. The conference is a five-day series of events bringing together LGBTQ+ professionals, inclusive employers and those committed to workplace equality, to network, share best practices and learn strategies to help create workspaces inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. WorkPride 2021 offers 50 events across five days, with panels, training, digital-social events and more. With LGBTQ+ professionals and inclusion specialists from around the world, the conference will offer comprehensive insights into what businesses and professionals have learned over the past year, as well as looking ahead at how they’re preparing to enter physical offices and workplaces again. WorkPride 2021 Programme Monday June 14th – Inclusiveness Tuesday June 15th – LGBTQ+ Networks and ERGs Wednesday June 16th – Skill Sets Thursday June 17th – LGBTQ+ in Business Friday, June 18 – Mental Health and Well-being If you’re serious about how to make your studio a more inclusive space for LGBTQ+ professionals, this event is well worth your time. To find out more and to register, visit https://www.mygwork.com/en/work-pride-2021
As restrictions continue to ease and we look forward to a return to more of the things we love, it may feel like the worst is over. Experts however are warning of a mental health pandemic, the longer lasting outcome of our experience of COVID-19 and it’s easy to understand why. Our mental health has never faced the pressure and strain it has in the last year and while there have been some really inspirational moves from employers to support the mental health of their teams during the pandemic, we’re now facing longer term stresses that we have to prepare for. Making time to talk has never been more important. The time to embrace those impactful, courageous and difficult conversations is now, to safeguard the wellbeing of our people in the future. - Make time to talk: Take time to discuss the pressures peers and teams are facing. People need to be listened to, no matter how hard it can be to hear it - Focus on humility: Use good role models in senior positions who are able to talk about mental wellbeing with a sense of vulnerability and humility. Opening up a conversation that encourages people to talk – including sharing personal experiences from managers – will be crucial in helping staff cope in the modern world - Get your people involved: Empower staff to take action themselves. Maybe look at appointing some Mental Health Ambassadors who are accessible to anyone looking to talk about their struggles in and out of work - Train your managers to have empowering conversations: Managers are facing a new challenge themselves. Providing training to help them have impactful discussions delivered with confidence and compassion can help tackle the mental health pandemic. Have trained mental wellness ambassadors work with managers regularly to develop this skill - Take a global viewpoint with a regional approach: Be considerate about the fact that there are regional differences in terms of pandemic restrictions, so the mental health support needed will vary across geographies. Approaches to how mental health is talked about and normalised needs to be adapted across demographics and cultures as well, so avoid a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach If you need to talk, please reach out. In the games industry we have the brilliant Safe In Our World https://safeinourworld.org mental health initiative, which can provide resources and help.
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