Creating a Compassionate Environment with April Wensel
April is the founder of Compassionate Coding.
I met april at a WeAll.Js event and loved the idea of a company that helps to encourages businesses to take inclusion in the development space seriously.
I believe that areas that are the most inclusive are the most productive and I applaud April for all the things she is doing in the space.
Running Compassionate Coding
- Staying involved in coding communities and volunteer opportunities helping others learn to code.
- Consistent Structure helps to maintain routine.
- Use Tools like Trello to organize projects.
- Use previous experience to launch your plans for entrepreneurship.
What to do if you Company isn't Compassionate?
- Speak up about the issues that you are dealing with. Don't be afraid of being labeled a troublemaker.
- Get Out (if you can)
Looking for Compassionate Companies
- Ask questions in low pressure situations (Job/Career Fairs)
- Don't do interviews just for practice.
- Use the interview process to gauge the company (regardless of what they tell you the culture is like).
- Look at who is interviewing you. If there is no diversity in the panel, be sure to bring up the question of diversity.
- Look for companies that are transparent about their inclusion.
Leveling the Playing Field
- Businesses - Look at candidates based on their the willingness to grow at the role.
- Judge candidates by what they show you in outside of their resume.
- Take an interest in the person's situation. This can shed light on any "lacking" areas.
- Businesses - Don't be a Snake Oil Salesmen
You can find out more about what April and compassionate coding are doing through:
- Compassionate Coding