Landscape illustration of a man at a laptop. On the left are six multicoloured post-it notes. By the laptop is a coffee cup.

Why we’re saying what’s OK

At Zaizi, it’s ok to be you. We don’t think you should have to compromise on who you are to get on in the workplace.

Is it OK to…

… decline meetings?

… say you don’t understand?

… not to be ok?

Well yes – at Zaizi, it is! During the past year, we’ve been particularly mindful of the wellbeing of our people. 

We’re working remotely full time for over 15 months and we always look at ways to make the working environment more inclusive and open — particularly for newcomers. 

In a pre-Covid era, new joiners quickly picked up the mood and culture of the workplace by being in the office. But how can we give newcomers a window into how we do things at Zaizi when everything is remote?

That’s why we came up with the ‘It’s OK’ poster. 

Our ‘It’s OK’ Poster

Our 'It's OK' poster. An illustrated image of a woman holding a pen and a piece of paper. On the left are the words 'it's ok to' and on the right is an illustration of a cup of coffee, a mobile phone and open notebook. The list says:
'It's ok to ask for more clarity, say you've made a mistake, work how you like to work, express your feelings or not, ask what acronyms stand for, introduce yourself, ask for help, block out time in your calendar, decline meetings, have kids in the room, not reply straight away, say "I don't know", drop out of meetings, say "please don't do that", finish early, flex your hours, say you don't understand, ask management to "fix it", not know everything, be yourself, challenge things, forget things, walk, fail and learn, switch off, rely on your team, ask for feedback, have days off, give feedback, have quiet days, slack it, have loud says, joke and sing, laugh out loud, snack or drink on a call, do domestic stuff. At the bottom of the image, is an illustration of two coffee cups and a pair of glasses. On the bottom right are the words, 'it's ok to not be ok'.

Inspired by what GDS did a few years ago, we felt a poster explaining what is OK to do at Zaizi will give newcomers, and anyone else who needs reminding, an idea of how we work. 

We have a robust induction process but felt something like this would help get across some of those unsaid things. 

Listening to our people

As an organisation, we make sure that we listen to our employees and improve our ways of working to keep everyone healthy and happy.

We’ve held a few retros over the past year with the whole company. It gives everyone a voice in improving the way we work. 

And it’s from these retros that the idea of the “It’s OK’ poster came about. We collaborated and discussed a list of suggestions and voted on the most popular ones. 

This isn’t an exhaustive list. As with the way we work, we’ll look to iterate and add to it in the future as we get more feedback from everyone.

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