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In the postmodern era, we see a new style of linguistic evolution that is not a part of this cultural progression by happenstance. A more deliberate effort to bring words that are coined with the purpose to create discussion, and/or to include socio-cultural movements into language; is increasingly visible today, largely thanks to social media and hyper-connectivity in the 21st century. ‘Womxn’ is one such word that has generated buzz in recent times. And no, the ‘x’ is not a typo. It’s usage is intended to be an alternative to the word ‘woman’, and is also to be inclusive of transgender, non-binary and other marginalized people. The thing is - understanding ‘Womxn’ as a topic requires an approach that is not quite as simple as ‘black and white’ or ‘yes or no’. Getting informed on this topic needs a more nuanced approach and a listening ear.
Our conversation with Swati Deo, a respected data scientist in keen pursuit of a life well lived is a demonstration of the fact that there are trailblazers who walk among us, with reflections and stories worth recounting for our incredible community. Read on, as we dive into the nuances of data science, the future of this burgeoning field, and how cultivating hobbies is an exercise in building a focused and creative work life.
WFH culture stays on & as pervasive as ever well into September of 2020. It hasn’t all been bad, but it hasn’t been all rainbows and sunshine either. One of the biggest pitfalls of the WFH lifestyle would undoubtedly be not being around our teammates and work friends. The silence of our sound-cancelling headphones echo the absence of casual conversation around cafeteria tables and there is only so much virtual happy-hours over Zoom can make up for.
'The Zoom Shirt' - The Urban Dictionary defines the term as a ’shirt or blouse that’s kept on the back of your desk chair to quickly be presentable for video conferences’ - and frankly, we couldn't relate more if we tried. Sometimes we’ve even got TBD’s classic ‘Visionary’ blazer draped across the back of our work chairs to whip up and wear top of PJs for those spontaneous meetings. However, on most mornings, you, me and everyone else in the world of work are reporting for daily updates on video conferencing in that favorite zoom shirt. Yes, that one. We know you’re thinking of it as you read this!
Too often what feedback means is a once-a-year performance review in many work cultures, and is assumed to have its time and place mainly in that context. A feedback-rich work culture, on the other hand, fosters constructive, interactive feedback that enables team members to collaborate and get better, more satisfying results from the work they do.