Voice from the Middle

Diversity and Inclusion

All of us in the working world have had to endure the training videos on different topics to keep our employers compliant to a law somewhere. Maybe it was a fast food chain as a kid, or last week at corporate headquarters.

I’ve worked for companies that were always talking about how wonderful they were to their workers. However, if you were a worker, your opinion differed. One of the worst examples in my life, is a business who would fire large groups of good people twice a year like clockwork. The old man at the helm, believed in “trimming the fat” and getting rid of 10 percent of their around 300 workforce per year. That is 30 people a year.

Fast forward to my present full-time position. I knew I was working at a different kind of place in the first week of working there, and I hadn’t watched any videos. I saw transgender, openly gay, nationalities of every kind. Loved it. Also, all the walls were filled with original artwork – supporting thousands of artists.  Impressive.

This past week, I watched a Diversity and Inclusion video that was so nicely done. The message was so spot on. It isn’t enough to welcome diversity, but a conscious choice to practice inclusion to all people.  All people should be their authentic self where ever they work. It’s so nice when Companies get it right.

By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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