Pride at the Workplace: Actions We Take to Educate Ourselves and Become Better Allies

Pride is something that should be acknowledged all year around, and we’ve been making an effort to do just that. This summer in particular we’re focused on reigniting the momentum we have around educating people on the adversity faced within the LGBTQ+ community and how we can all be better allies.

Are you interested in bringing that same focus to your own company? We’ve outlined below a few of the actions we’re taking at Personio. Take a look and see if any of them would be a fit at your workplace as well!

  • Changing our logo, email signatures and social media banners to show our solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Hosting Ask Me Anything sessions with panelists from other companies in the tech space. We used AMAs to learn from each other about fostering inclusive environments at work and areas we can all improve in.
  • Hosting internal AMAs with Personio panelists, giving them the platform to share their own stories and the opportunity for their fellow Personios to ask questions in a respectful, safe environment.
  • Celebrating Pride in each of our office locations to build connections and live out our value of #Fun with charity fundraisers, art workshops, pride parades, and 90s pop tributes.
  • Creating a variety of content – by and for Personios – to share what Pride means to them.

But this is just the beginning. Our efforts continue as we focus on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vision of embracing uniqueness, educating around individual needs, and creating a safe space where everyone can belong. And in that vein, let’s take the opportunity to learn more about the Pride flag! Do you know what each color of the flag means?

The rainbow flag was originally designed for San Francisco’s 1978 Gay Freedom Celebration by Gilber Baker, a an American artist, designer, and activist for the LGBTQIA+ community In the original eight-color version, pink stood for sexuality, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for the sun, green for nature, turquoise for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the soul.

Today it’s also becoming more and more common to see the Progress flag, which adds black and brown to represent people of color, as well as pink, baby blue, and white to include the trans flag in its design. The placement of the new colors in an arrow shape is meant to convey the progress that is still needed. While you may not see the Progress Pride Flag everywhere yet, it continues to gain traction as the new flag to represent Pride. And, perhaps as no surprise, this flag is continuing to evolve even more! A new spin-off of the Progress flag now includes a yellow triangle with a purple circle for intersex people.

The ‘Progress Pride flag’ with the new addition of the intersex flag.

Do you want to join our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion evolution 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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