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Happy Workforce - Veena Dhamu at Avanade UK

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Veena Dhamu, Senior Infrastructure Analyst Consultant

This week we were lucky enough to pose some questions to Veena Dhamu, Senior Infrastructure Analyst Consultant at Avanade UK. We wanted to know a little bit more about her role and the work/life balance initiatives she has utilised; as well as getting a candid feel of the culture at Avanade UK.

How long have you worked at your company?

I’ve been with Avanade since March 2018, so coming up to two and a half years.

What are your daily duties?

I normally start the day with reviewing my calendar to check what meetings I have. I then attend a daily stand-up call for the project I am currently working on. This gives the Project Lead an insight into what I am currently working on and the meeting also gives me the opportunity to raise any risks. Other than that, I work on project tasks.

Are you happy in your work?

Yes, I am very happy, I really enjoy the work I do.

Can you describe the company culture where you work?

I would describe the culture at Avanade as in line with our core values;  

  • We change things for the better.
  • We innovate with passion and purpose.
  • We deliver with excellence.
  • We believe everyone counts.
  • We act with integrity and respect.

The culture is very entrepreneurial. Avanade want their employees to take charge of their own career progression, so it is up to the individual on how well you do. 

Which, if any, of your company’s inclusive networks are you part of?

I am the Diversity Lead within our Talent Community. We are also part of Avanade’s BAME network, the Skills Capability for Citrix Cloud, Azure with WVD and the Working Parents Forum.

Do these networks make you feel supported in your work?

Yes, definitely. What’s more, I also feel like I am supporting others.

Do these networks also support you personally?

On a personal level, they help me stay motivated and they allow me to voice my opinions.

Do you feel you can ‘take your whole self to work’? If so, how has your company helped you feel this way?

I do feel I can be myself at work and can talk about my personal topics without being judged.

What makes a happy workforce?

When the employer is understanding and adaptive to real life situations. At Avanade, employees are encouraged and motivated to progress, which I think really contribute to employee satisfaction.

Do you think the whole staff at your company feel as you do?

I believe most employees feel happy working for Avanade. Those who don’t like the culture will not stay long-term and perhaps move on. 

What about people from different diverse communities? Do you think they feel as fully supported as you?

Yes, I do. Avanade is a very inclusive place to work. There are many different internal networks that reach out to and support a diverse set of cultures.

Why is happiness important at work?

It’s important to the individual, as we spend so much time working. It should not just be about getting a paid at the end of the month, being happy is vital.

What would make you happier at work?

Continuing to being recognised for my skills.

How do you feel about diversity at your company?

This is highly promoted throughout the company. Avanade has a diverse workforce and celebratory events are held to promote diverse events.

Do you feel a diverse workforce makes a happy workforce?

Yes, I do. Having a diverse workforce helps to educate each other and provides greater awareness and contributes towards happier workforce.

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