Employees and employers alike value diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Among workers, nearly 80% said they want to work for a company that values diversity, equity and inclusion in the most recent CNBC/SurveyMonkey Workforce Survey (April 2021).
For employers, a diverse approach to team building boosts organizational performance. In its 2020 report, Diversity Wins, McKinsey & Company studied 1,000 large companies across 15 countries and reported clear correlations between the diversity of an organization’s executive team and its likelihood to exceed financial performance projections. The study found organizations with the most diverse executive teams were 36% (ethnic diversity) or 25% (gender diversity) more likely to financially outperform those with the least diverse executive teams. Embracing what makes us different and the different perspectives that come with that unlocks opportunities that otherwise get overlooked.
Every June, Pride Month offers the world’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities a chance to do just that — come together and celebrate the freedom to be themselves. It’s also an opportunity for businesses to support the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrate its many contributions to diversity and success. Organizational diversity initiatives are regularly credited for improvements in creativity, innovation, decision making, professional development and other KPIs.
Built in Chicago kicked off Pride Month 2022 by profiling how six Chicago area companies support and honor their LGBTQIA+ colleagues during Pride Month and throughout the year inits June 1 feature, “More Than a Parade: How to Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Inclusion All Year Long.” The story highlights the rich history of Pride in Chicago and the exceptional work of these six companies in embracing Pride, supporting the LGBTQIA+ community and building more diverse workforces. We encourage you to read the article in its entirety, but some highlights include:
At Dept. 11, we partner with a diverse network of marketers with wide-ranging, in-demand skill sets. We embrace our clients’ team building initiatives and applaud diversity every chance we get. We celebrate PrideMonth, our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and the understanding that what makes us different makes us stronger.