By Nancy Doyle
I became an occupational psychologist because I wanted to make things better for as many people as possible. As a child and teen in the recessions of the 80s and 90s, I saw first hand the enormous burden of workplace exclusion and the damage it did to psyches. In my studies I learned that this damage is life-long, and hangs like a shadow over ambition for entire generations.
I felt that if we could make careers and work accessible and fair, we could provide purpose and hope, reducing the need for patching people up one at a time. By focusing on work psychology I aspired to change the system. Work could be an unsung hero in inclusivity, it is where we can meet and collaborate with people who are older, younger, and from different class, culture, race, gender, ability, sexual orientation and neurotype. When employers get it right, we can be part of change and progress. […]