Hi, Miska! Besides working as a software developer, you also help improve diversity and inclusion around Visma in your role as a ninja. What’s your connection to the LGBTQIA+ community?
“LGBTQIA+ is very present in my life, as I’m pansexual and married to a trans-man. As a D&I ninja and in everyday life, I’ll do my best to help solve the problems and educate people about the subject. I believe everyone should be able to be who they are and love whoever they love. Be happy, be yourself and don’t hurt others with your actions!”
And we love having you as a part of our Visma family! How do you experience Visma as an inclusive employer for the LGBTQIA+ community?
“I personally haven’t encountered or heard of any issues at Visma, when I’ve mentioned my sexuality or discussed the topic. I believe that if problems were to arise, it would be sorted out in a correct manner. I wouldn’t want to work in a place where discrimination is allowed. Visma is a big company though, so it wouldn’t hurt having more education and discussions on the subject to shed more light to everyday issues people might be facing.“
“I believe that if problems were to arise, it would be sorted out in a correct manner.”
You’re right, we can always do more, and having you as our ninja certainly boosts us in the right direction! Do you have any anecdotes or examples of inclusivity you’ve seen?
“Starting the D&I ninja discipline is one example! We’ll do our best to make sure everyone is included in every way from gender and sexuality to religious beliefs and dietary choices. It’s also good to have well thought-out guidelines on diversity, equality and inclusion, so people know what to expect from others when working at Visma. Of course these guidelines need to be up to date, so no issues are left untouched.”
And as individuals, what can we do to be more inclusive?
“It’s important to accept everyone as they are, act appropriately and to avoid hurting anyone. Keeping the discussion respectful and educating yourself and others around you helps with avoiding misconceptions and making the world a better place for everyone. It’s important to remember that not everyone is the same and some things might be fine to one person, but hurtful to others. Avoid unnecessary assumptions and stop using “jokes” where the punchline is a stereotype. If you see someone behaving inappropriately, call them out for it and educate them to act more up to code. At work, you can also contact higher-ups, if the behaviour doesn’t stop.”
“If you see someone behaving inappropriately, call them out for it and educate them to act more up to code.”