Imagine an organisation where you can bring your whole self to work
- Posted on August 1, 2017
- Estimated reading time 3 minutes
The following blog post was written by Avanade alum Sarah Adam-Gedge.
As Ally week wrapped up in the Avanade Australia business, I am sure some people still said there are reasons why an organisation is not responsible for inclusion in the workplace, never mind for our LGBT team members. After all, doesn’t a business exist to sustain its shareholders and make a profit? So where exactly does a social conscience come into it?
You’ve met the surly barista who makes you think twice about where you buy your coffee as you head to the first meeting of the day. Or the terse flight attendant who doesn’t seem happy doing their job as your meal is dropped on your tray on the evening flights. So, if the raison d’ être of a business is to have satisfied customers, then having happy, motivated employees is a good place to start. And what better place to start than having a diverse workforce that is inclusive of all of us?
The Pyramid of Hate teaches us that it’s the small biases that niggle at an individual’s psyche and unhappiness; and that left unchecked snowball into outward forms of prejudice and discrimination.
At Avanade, our focus is putting people at the centre of everything – clients and employees. We are always looking to improve how we approach Diversity and Inclusion; typified by this blog from our CEO Adam Warby. Our dedicated LGBTI+ team has been both tenacious and creative in building awareness and educating our extended ecosystem through communications, partnerships and campaigns.
- Our first ever Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) submission. Outcome? We had a good report card but we still have more work to do!
- The redrafting and expansion of many of our workplace policies to make them more inclusive
- Celebration and involvement in many of the Pride events that have recently taken place
- And, On 28 June we celebrated LGBT Ally Week, and shared the challenges of being LGBT and how to be an ally to LGBT colleagues
If you would like further information about Avanade’s Diversity and Inclusion endeavours then please visit our Diversity and Inclusion blog page, and we’d also love to hear from you all as to how you think Avanade could improve or add to our D&I initiatives.