June has finally arrived, and with it one of our favorite times of year: Pride! But this year we’re going bigger and better than ever with not one, not two, but three months of celebrations. While Pride is something we acknowledge and embrace all year round, at Personio we use these specific months to reignite the momentum we have around educating people on the adversity faced within the LGBTQ+ community and how we can all be better allies.
As a group of diverse colleagues, we aspire to embrace uniqueness and educate each other on individual needs to create a safe space where everyone can belong. This is the vision that our employee-led Diversity Committee uses to focus and direct our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Personio. Within the Diversity Committee, our various Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) – like Womxn in Tech and Accessibility – represent traditionally marginalized groups within society.
The LGBTQ+ community is one of these marginalized groups, which is reason enough to recognize Pride in the office. But we also celebrate Pride at Personio to help foster meaningful connections, education, and collaboration:
Connection: Celebrating Pride helps people to build their terminology and have more meaningful conversations with each other.
Education: Acknowledging the LGBTQ+ community, especially during Pride, helps people to find resources and information more easily and gives them a safe space to be curious.
Collaboration: Giving the stage to members and allies of this community empowers people to share their own stories and experiences, helping to highlight current inequities or prejudices at work and how we can take positive action together.
We celebrate to remember where we’ve come from, but also as a reminder that we still have a long way to go. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Pride Month and the significance of the Stonewall Riots, read our blog here.
So what do we have planned to help bring more connection, education, and collaboration to Personio in the next few months? As always, our core values will provide the foundation, starting out with #Fun as we join local Pride parades near our seven offices across Europe. We’ll also be organizing ways to support local charities (#SocialResponsibility) and, to live out our values of #CustomerEmpathy, #Transparency, and #Teamspirit, we’ll host Ask Me Anything sessions for our Personios with internal and external speakers.
But, our efforts won’t end in August like the parades. We continue all year round as we educate our employees and recognize LGBTQ+ awareness days throughout the year. And as we focus on our DE&I vision of embracing uniqueness, educating around individual needs, and creating a safe space where everyone can belong, we’re just getting started!
Do you want to celebrate Pride and bring the LGBTQ+ community together with us? Then come join our team! We’re hiring now – head to the careers page today to see our open roles.
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