Update from BAME Recruitment
With working from home becoming the new norm for many of us, it's important to stay engaged with your coworkers! At BAME Recruitment, we're working on this continually and coming up with new ways to connect remotely outside of work commitments.
Before offices were a relic of the past, we had planned a pot luck lunch where everyone was to bring in a dish, bought or homemade, that is special or memorable in some way and share the story of why.
This week we attempted to go ahead with this remotely as best we could. In the spirit of Mukbang, a Korean eating show where the host eats food while broadcasting, we decided to bring our respective lunches onto video call and enjoy a collective Mukbang-style feast. Dishes included; beans on a crumpet, super noodles, homemade gnocchi and tempeh goreng bawang lada kicap. A real variety!
Events from BAME Recruitment
In light of the COVID-19 crisis and many events unfortunately cancelled, BAME Recruitment are working to increase our online presence in the form of webinars. This month, our CEO and Founder, Cynthia will make an appearance on an episode of Brainfood, on the topic of 'Pushing the reset button on D&I', on April 17th. She will participate in a webinar panel session on April 21st for the IRM Business Change and Transformation Conference until the physical event can be safely rearranged. Furthermore, Cynthia will be leading a webinar on 'How to reduce bias in your recruitment process' on April 23rd for the Inclusive Companies Awards. Follow the links through to register to join! We are determined to continue the conversation on diversity and inclusion within recruitment as much as possible under the current circumstances.
An eight-year-old boy's 'infinite broadcast of love' to raise awareness of autism
It is World Autism Awareness Week! There are many misconceptions surrounding autism and one mother and her autistic eight-year-old son have launched a campaign this week to challenge this. I Love You Infinity is a project inspired by the unique way that William expresses his love by counting how many times he says 'I love you'. Mum, Lisa and her team have recorded and programmed his voice to count his love infinitely. In this uncertain time, they have been sending postcards with messages of love to homes in an effort to raise spirits. Both mum and son hope to raise awareness of how autism interacts with love. Click the picture below to visit the campaign website and listen to William.
The Boss that made £60K the minimum salary for his employees
In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff and personally took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he's still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off. Dan Price was inspired whilst hiking with friend Valerie in the Cascade. She told him that her life was in chaos, that her landlord had increased her monthly rent and she was struggling to pay her bills, despite working 2 jobs and being a veteran. Dan decided to take action and set on making the minmum wage at his company $70,000. Since then, the headcount has doubled and the value of payments that the company processes has gone from $3.8bn a year to $10.2bn. But there are other metrics that Price is more proud of: "Before the $70,000 minimum wage, we were having between zero and two babies born per year amongst the team," he says. "And since the announcement - and it's been only about four-and-a-half years - we've had more than 40 babies."
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Student uses student grant to help others get into Oxford Uni
Oxford Student, Joe Seddon had £200 left over from his grant for Uni. He thought about spending it on a night out, however it dawned on him that not many like him, with a single mum and state school background, had gotten into Oxford University. The 22-year-old used the cash to set up an app that helps people from low-income families get into Oxford and Cambridge University. The app, called Access Oxbridge, works by connecting students with undergraduates who mentor them through the application process. "This isn't about offering a cheat sheet about how to perform an admissions test or interviews", for Joe it's just about getting students prepared and comfortable with the environment they're about to go into. Click the photo to discover more about this new, innovative app.