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Hi folks! 👋 

Mariam Mushtaq here from HR Brain Pickings, at your service! 🫡 

First off - Happy Pride Month!! Pride Month is a wonderful opportunity to recognize and honor the rich diversity within our teams. As HR leaders, it’s crucial to create a work environment where everyone feels valued. 🌈 

How is your organization celebrating Pride Month in 2024?

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It's also National Leave The Office Early Day (hehe 🤭)

“This day was the invention of Laura Stack, a specialist in employee productivity. Stack noted that Americans work about 49 hours a week and a grand total of about 350 more hours a year than most Europeans.

How to celebrate Leave the Office Earlier Day:

For Employees: Get your boss’s permission to leave as soon as you’ve finished all your tasks for the day. You’ll likely be surprised at how motivated you feel to get things done expeditiously! 💪 

For Employers: Let your employees know they are free to go as soon as they finish their tasks for the day. You’ll likely be surprised at how much less time it can take to get the job done! 🙌 

In This Edition:

With Pride Month kicking off, let’s chat about what companies can do—not just tips, but real, actionable steps you can take as an HR leader. 💼✨

What you can do for Pride Month in 2024 🏳️‍🌈

Every June, businesses come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a time to shine a spotlight on the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ employees. Here’s what you can do 👇️ 

1. Ask how to be supportive 🫂 

When you want to support someone, it's easy to make assumptions about what they need. But the best approach → just ask! 🤷 Open communication shows genuine care and respect.

Plus, you might discover that certain employees of the community prefer low-key recognition rather than public events. Others might want more visible support, like Pride flags in the office or educational workshops. Being aware of these preferences ensures your efforts are both respectful and effective. 👏 

2. Use your employees’ voices 🗣️ 

If your employees are willing - use social media or your preferred channels to share employee stories or experiences as members of the LGBTQ+ community, and how they are supported at work.

For example → “Jane Doe works as a Sales Ops Specialist at [Company Name]. This #PrideMonth, she shares how she can be her true and authentic self at work. Learn more about our employee resource group for LGBTQ+ staff and allies at [Company Name].See this tweet for reference.

3. Establish a company statement ✍️ 

If you don't know where to start, the simplest way to celebrate Pride Month is by putting out a statement in support of the LGBTQ+ community. Or, run a video campaign with the founder or senior leaders stating how the company supports the LGBTQ+ community.

For example → “At [Company Name], as we celebrate Pride Month, we make a commitment to fostering a culture that embraces diversity and champions equality for all. Our strength lies in the unique perspectives, experiences, and contributions of our LGBTQ+ employees. Together, we strive to innovate, collaborate, and achieve excellence.”

Make sure you work with your in-house employer branding team for such a campaign. 👆️ 

4. Use your rewards platform 💸 

Give employees the option to donate to LGBTQ+ causes For example, with EngageWith, you can add custom rewards which include LGBTQ+ causes and encourage employees to contribute as a way of supporting the community.

💡 Ensure you understand the specific challenges you're addressing.

For instance, if your workforce needs more education about the LGBTQ+ community, provide informative resources to enhance their understanding. (found this toolkit for Pride Month 2024 that might be useful!)

Conversely, if you already have a well-established community within your workforce, consider launching an Employee Resource Group (ERG) to further support and engage LGBTQ+ employees and allies.

5. Educate your workforce 📚️ 

Sometimes, even if people want to be allies, they don’t know how or enough about the community. Raising awareness is crucial.

  • Host an in-house event with panelists from the LGBTQ+ community. Such events can help employees learn more about their peers and understand how they can be supportive.

  • It doesn’t have to be all serious – have a fun trivia game on the history of Pride Month where employees can learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. Create a custom or pre-made quiz on Trivial.

6. Examine current business practices 📑 

Another way of investing in DEIB initiatives is by examining your company’s current business practices. Ask yourself and your HR team these questions to analyze your current diversity practices:

  • Are we following laws and best practices that protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination?

  • Do we have policies that create a safe and welcoming working environment for LGBTQ+ communities? And are all our policies inclusive, if not can we make it inclusive?

  • Are our LGBTQ+ employees paid fairly?

  • Are we using inclusive language in our communications?

  • Does our HR software let employees self-identify their gender or as LGBTQ+, select nonbinary pronouns, and list preferred or chosen names?

  • Can we use this data to enable compliance with reporting laws and make DE&I, hiring, retention, and benefits decisions that support our LGBTQ+ workforce?

Does your organization have inclusive policies that support diversity and inclusion?

Select the most applicable option and see where your peers stand (you can see live results when you interact with the poll). Feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comments!

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Today’s HR Reads for You 📚️ 

  1. 🏳️‍🌈 Pride month 2023 fiasco: How Target Found Middle Ground For Pride Month 2024 And Others Can Too

  2. 📰 Catch up on the overtime rule that has been circling the news: 3 stories that explain the FLSA overtime rule — and how HR can prepare

  3. 😺 Cat’s out of the bag: Recruiters tell all: Red flags, resumes and the 6-second rule

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