This June, we kick off celebrations for Pride Month with Dan Hart, a Senior Learning Experience Facilitator. Here’s his story of being comfortable in his own skin at work, and starting the iPride IRG for Indeed Sydney.
My journey at Indeed started back in June 2017. I was looking for a career change after spending eight years as a school teacher when a friend suggested I look at Learning & Development roles as a different way of applying my educator skills.
As I entered the indeed.jobs site (and with a bit of encouragement from family friends), I submitted my application for the Employment Development role. After a few weeks of interviews with the folks on the Employee Development team, my eyes were set on joining Indeed.
In my first few months, I learned about the amazing work our Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) do and stumbled upon my first passion project here in Sydney – launching a chapter of iPride.
I remember feeling it being almost unbelievable that there was a global group of like-minded folks, who not only felt confident enough to just be their true selves at work but were actively encouraged to celebrate this.
Coming from a government work environment, your sexual orientation was not something that was discussed in the workplace. So for me, joining Indeed and finding iPride was something that made me feel truly valued at work.
Our iPride IRG makes a big impact on the experience of all our Sydney Indeedians, as well as getting out into the LGBTQIA+ community to raise brand awareness for Indeed and for the inclusive practices we deliver. We also focus on delivering education that allows all our employees to learn about other people’s lives and their personal experiences.
In 2018, we decided to focus on building transgender awareness across our employee cohort and were fortunate to have an incredible guest speaker, JoAnna Ferrari visit the office.
JoAnna spoke to us about her experiences coming to terms with her gender and the process of transitioning into the woman she was born to be. We were able to learn about the highs and lows of her journey to embracing her true identity. It was a fantastic opportunity for us all to learn from her experience.
This year, we are an official supporting partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Being one of the biggest events in Sydney each year, we had a stall at Fair Day and have been able to get out amongst the LGBT+ community to share the amazing things we do at Indeed.
Starting the Sydney iPride chapter has given me the opportunity to grow my skills and give something back to our Sydney office. I was able to hone my leadership skills, enhance my stakeholder management abilities and work on project management – opportunities that were a great addition to the skill development I was doing in my day to day role.
The best part of my role as Senior Learning Experience Facilitator is getting to connect with our teams around the world and support them in feeling empowered to be their very best self in the work they do.
It is an incredible feeling to leave the office (be it in Sydney or somewhere else around the globe) knowing I have had the chance to make an impact on someone’s life #insideindeed, so that like myself, they are getting the most out of their Indeed experience.
Indeed has been a place where I feel happy coming into the office and proud of the work that we do. I have an incredible team who is always there to support me in my work and I love the flexibility Indeed provides.
Working at Indeed means you are not just a number – your happiness, your success, your challenges and your goals are so important to the people that you work with. It is a place where you can bring your true and happy self to work and have that celebrated by our company.
To read more about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Indeed, click here. To make sure you don’t miss out on any stories this Pride month, visit our culture blog or follow us on social media at @insideindeed.