Mantra Monday: Diversity Makes An Effective Organization

“Diversity in an organization is not only legally required and socially desired, it’s effective.”

With everything that’s going on in the world today, we here at Balance wanted to start an initiative that will highlight companies trying to do the right thing.  Each week we will be introducing a new mantra along with one company’s mission to make people and/or their surroundings better.

The mantra this week centers around diversity and inclusion.  Meaning as a human, you respect and appreciate differences in ethnicity, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, education, and religion. While inclusion is actually being valued, supported and respected.  We firmly believe that one of the greatest aspects of living in the good ol' U.S.of.A. is the breadth of culture throughout.  If we take that same thought and apply it to the workplace, we can use different perspectives to identify the right solution to any problem in the organization. This is not only an effective tool, but a profitable one.

We are kicking off the first Mantra Monday by spotlighting Salesforce and their efforts to provide a diverse and inclusive environment for their employees. Salesforce is listed as number four on Fortune Magazine's list of “The Best Workplaces for Diversity”.  To come up with this list, every year Fortune partners with Great Place to Work gathering a 50 question survey anonymously from almost half a million employees rating their employers.

Salesforce employees are quoted as saying, 

“I love the fact I feel comfortable bringing my whole self to work” and “The culture here is unmatched by anything I have ever experienced or even heard of. It’s very obvious that the company cares deeply for its employees.”

When employees feel valued and respected they tend to work harder (and longer). Salesforce has been so successful because of their employees. In return Salesforce listened to their employees and developed diversity initiatives:

- An important position called the Chief Equality Officer is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention their diversity goals.

- Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation.

- Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups: Women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender employees, and Disabled employees.

- Four events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious, or country-of-origin identities.

- Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave.

- Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery.

Key facts and stats of Salesforce:

46% of Executive positions are held by women
Minorities make up 34% of the company and women add an additional 33% to that total

Read more on Fortune or leave a comment below.

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