June 1, 2021: InterCommunity is in the early phases of implementation related to part one of our equity initiative. In the past month, we have begun equity-based training for InterCommunity management and the task forces have met with the new consultant team.
April 2021: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee will have its first implementation meeting with the new consultants on May 13, 2021. As described in Tim Crowley’s article titled “The Platinum Rule for Creating a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion,” we are learning to set aside the Golden Rule, and adopt, instead, the Platinum Rule – “Treat others as they wish to be treated.” Crowley notes that when we take the time to understand where our colleagues or clients are coming from, and relate to them from that place, we are demonstrating the highest respect and the most authentic form of inclusion in the workplace.
Crowley also describes the meaning of trust: “Trust is essential to the inclusive workplace environment. If your team members are secure enough to make themselves vulnerable, discuss an occasion when they didn’t feel respected, or they possibly felt hurt, you are bringing about an environment of respect and inclusion. Once leadership and team members are aware of these differences, the team only becomes stronger, it becomes less likely for employees to seek out opportunities with other companies, the environment is more productive, and everyone wins, most of all the customer.”
For the full article, read here.