Getting it right

Code-switching – Why some employees feel the need to “play a role” at work

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We all have different ways of presenting ourselves in different situations. We might talk or act differently at work than we do around family and friends. It’s called code-switching.  

But for people of diverse backgrounds, constantly changing who you are to fit in with a certain work culture takes an exhausting toll.  

Dwayne Good is the founder of Aboriginal-owned travel company, InTravel Group. He’ll explain why the subtle codes we sometimes have to live by at work are out-dated. And how to create a workplace where employees don’t need to switch.  


Getting It Right is a Jobsbank podcast. It was produced by Deadset Studios and hosted by Rae Johnston.  

Find your downloadable Getting It Right Guide here; plus plenty more handy resources to help you with inclusive hiring at the Jobsbank Resource Centre. 


Host: Rae Johnston 

Deadset Studios executive producers: Kellie Riordan, Ann Chesterman, Rachel Fountain 

Deadset Studios producer: Luci McAfee 

Sound Design: Scott Stronach 

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