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Meet our people: Tasneem Bhopalwala
25 September 2020
Tasneem is one of OUP’s Global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Executives, and works in our central HR team in Oxford. She shares a bit about her role and how it supports OUP’s D&I goals.
‘My role focuses on embedding diversity and inclusion throughout employees’ journeys at OUP, from hire to retire—starting from recruitment, all the way through to talent development and learning programmes.
One size doesn’t fit all. My role gives me an opportunity to speak to colleagues across locations and explore the different D&I challenges. It enables me to develop a platform to help and support colleagues and senior leaders to continuously enhance OUP’s work environment, where equality, inclusion, and diversity are respected and promoted.
Having worked in Asia all of my career, just as anyone would I had reservations about moving to a new country without any friends, family, or emotional support. Joining OUP, I didn’t feel alone anymore. I was warmly welcomed, felt belonged, and an equal part of the team. I can proudly say I have made some meaningful relationships and friends not only in the UK office but across other OUP locations as well.
A critical part of my role is how I engage with colleagues to keep diversity and inclusion visible and at the forefront of people’s minds, and to communicate the alignment of our D&I initiatives with OUP’s broader business objectives. I also work on OUP’s D&I policies and develop our external partnerships with expert D&I agencies such as Pathways, Stonewall, Moving Ahead, Publishers Association, and many more.
Over the last few months, I have been working on several projects to support mental health at OUP. During this time, my priority has been to ensure employees feel supported in managing their mental health. We’re spreading a lot of awareness on the importance of looking after ourselves and have curated learning materials for all our employees on emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing. We’ve also created training for managers to support their teams with healthy conversations about mental health. Personally, I have made sure to reach out to colleagues I work closely with for virtual coffees and check-ins.’