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Fostering Diversity and Inclusion During the Holiday Season

05 Dec 2022 11:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The holiday season is upon us; for many of us, it's time for holiday parties and work events. But what does this have to do with diversity and inclusion? A lot! Culture, religion, and the holidays can be sensitive subjects for some.

Here are a few reminders about how diversity and inclusion in the workplace can help you navigate these waters:

Celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace – this includes your dress code policy; make sure everyone knows what acceptable attire is, so no one feels excluded or singled out due to their religious beliefs or lack thereof. Be aware of others' beliefs – or lack thereof – when planning office parties around holidays like Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/etc. Observe how your language creates an inclusive culture (and undermines) or shuts people out (intentionally or unintentionally). Bring more awareness to your biases around holidays/traditions based on culture or religion by asking yourself questions like: Do we celebrate all major religions here at work? If not, why not?

Take the opportunity to think about ways to foster diversity and inclusion during well-intentioned but potentially challenging gatherings.

It's important to remember that everyone has different needs regarding how they want their identity recognized by others. Some people may prefer gender-neutral pronouns or no pronouns at all; some may not mind being called "Mr." but prefer "Ms.;" some may feel comfortable with gendered terms like "ladies first," while others might find this exclusionary. It doesn't matter if you're making small talk over cocktails or addressing the entire company at the office holiday party; always ask what makes others comfortable when referring to them in conversation—and remember that it's okay if you make mistakes!

What does this have to do with diversity and inclusion?

When many people think of diversity and inclusion, they picture it as an initiative or activity. They might see it as a goal to be achieved during the holiday season. While this mindset is understandable, considering how much we use these terms in our everyday lives, it's important to remember that diversity and inclusion are concepts that should be reflected throughout all seasons.

Diversity and inclusion are about respecting people for who they are, no matter their race, gender identity, or sexual orientation—or anything else that makes them unique from one another—creating an open and safe workplace where employees can bring their whole selves to work and feel comfortable sharing ideas with others regardless of their differences (in other words, celebrating diversity).  By fostering environments where everyone feels included, you'll help make your company even more successful than before!

Culture, religion, and the holidays can be sensitive subjects for some.

Diversity and inclusion are important to everyone, but it can be especially important to consider these topics during the holiday season. The holidays are when we come together with friends and family, which means they're also when many people celebrate their own cultural or religious beliefs. Suppose you're hosting a Christmas party at work, for example. In that case, it's important to be sensitive toward your colleagues' holiday observances—especially if those celebrations conflict with what you might consider "traditional" Christmas traditions. Your goal should be inclusivity: create an atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable sharing their backgrounds and beliefs without fear of judgment or criticism from others.

Navigating with diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace mean that everyone is treated with respect. It's not just about celebrating diversity but also about making sure that your employees feel welcome and included. A diverse workplace can help you create products or services that are more relevant to a broader audience because it gives you access to an array of perspectives.

Strive to ensure everyone feels respected by being welcoming and inclusive (this is where diversity training comes in handy). At the same time, strive for diversity within each employee - treat them differently based on their needs and preferences so they can be their best selves at work!

Celebrate diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

To celebrate the holidays, take time to recognize the value of diversity and inclusion in your workplace. Celebrate diversity by recognizing that it is a part of every person's identity. There are no one-size fits all approaches to celebrating diversity and inclusion during this season. It can be as simple as acknowledging how much each employee contributes to the success of your company or team, or it could be as elaborate as creating an annual holiday party where everyone brings something they love from their own culture.

Even if you are not religious, there are still ways you can celebrate the holidays without excluding anyone who does actively participate in religious traditions. For example: You could decorate with seasonal colors instead of red and green (the traditional colors associated with Christmas). This way, people can still have fun while being inclusive toward those who may not agree with certain aspects of Christianity, such as Santa Claus or other figures.

Be aware of others' beliefs – or lack thereof.

It is important to be aware of your colleagues' beliefs and values in a professional setting. If you are unsure about what someone is celebrating, ask them politely. This can help ensure that you have created a welcoming environment for all employees.

If you do not know someone's belief system, or if they do not wish to share this with others at work, respect this choice by being sensitive to their privacy.

Observe how your language creates an inclusive culture or shuts people out.

  • Observe how your language creates an inclusive culture or shuts people out.
  • Avoid using the word "Christmas," as well as other religiously based words like "Easter" and "Ramadan."
  • Instead, use phrases such as "the winter solstice," which is recognized by multiple religions and cultures; or say "winter festivals" instead of Christmas parties.
  • When speaking about events (such as holiday office parties), avoid using religious language—words like "holiday showers" or "holiday dinners" are more inclusive since they do not refer only to Christians.

Bring more awareness to your own biases around holidays and traditions.

Fostering a welcoming workplace environment means being aware of your own biases. Understanding how those biases might affect how you perceive others or even yourself. Whether we are aware of it, most of us have some bias in one way or another—and this doesn't make us bad people by default. There are many ways that we can overcome our biases and help create spaces where everyone feels comfortable regardless of their background or identity! Here's how:

  • Understand what a biased action is by asking yourself if it makes sense given the situation at hand.
  • Be aware when making decisions based on stereotypes instead of facts.
  • Think about why we do things in certain ways.

The holiday season may be approaching, but the best gift you can give yourself is to embrace diversity and inclusion.

Observe how your language creates an inclusive culture or shuts people out—you may not realize your words' impact on others. Phrases like "everyone should spend time with their family at home" or "it's okay when people take time off for religious observances" may be offensive. Consider whether you are unintentionally excluding some employees from participating in activities with their families.

Be aware of others' beliefs—how we celebrate holidays has changed over time and continues evolving across cultures and religions. Using phrases like "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas" so that you don't offend others that do not celebrate the same way.

To foster a more inclusive workplace, you must start the process now. By becoming more aware of your office and community diversity, you'll be better prepared for the holiday season. By becoming more aware of your office and community diversity, you'll be better prepared when the holiday season rolls around. This will help ensure everyone feels welcomed and included at work parties and other events throughout the year!

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