Pride month 2021: why we recognize pride in our workplaces

Written by Christina Lawrence

It’s June and it is Pride month 2021! In this update, Christina Lawrence, Head of People, shares why this month’s events and opportunities to reflect and act are important to our organization, future business leaders, and patient access to therapies.

Pride isn’t a one-month initiative, it is embedded in our workplace culture 

Upfront, I will say that Pride is not simply a one-month initiative. Diversity and inclusion are embedded in our workplace culture. We have always been, and will continue to be, an organization that is proud of the diversity of our colleagues, empowers them to be their best and whole selves, and shares the unique value of our diverse teams with our broad range of market access clients.

As part of the Fishawack Health group, we share a vision to maintain an inspiring, respectful, and inclusive environment that welcomes and retains a diverse team who serve an increasingly diverse customer group and society. 

Here’s a summary of our shared diversity and inclusion strategy and some examples of our ongoing activities. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. 

Pride in our international LGBTQ+ colleagues and allies 

Inclusion drives better individual and organizational outcomes, so maintaining a diverse and inclusive international workplace demands long-term focus and investment. 

For me, just adding a rainbow to our company logo would be disingenuous to the experiences of LGBTQ+ people. Tapping into a moderated version of LGBTQ+ identity ignores the real experiences of life, law, and culture in different parts of the world. 

That’s why are strengthening our strategic and structured international approach to LGBTQ+ initiatives to ensure our workplaces in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific are truly inclusive so colleagues feel supported, bring their whole selves to work, and can flourish.

 

Pride in our LGBTQ+ leadership and allies who are inspiring future business leaders 

I believe that Pride month gives organizations a clear opportunity to showcase role models in business leadership to inspire young adults to be themselves and develop the skills that could make them future leaders in the workplace. 

Young LGBTQ+ adults don’t have limits unless they are told there are limits; those barriers are often built through years of hearing they can’t be themselves, of feeling shame, alienation, and pain. 

Charities like Just like Us equip future business leaders with the confidence, skills, and network to enter the workplace confident to be themselves, to be brave, and to challenge. That’s why we have supported the charity with a donation and are sharing the diversity and inclusion messages from our leadership and LGBTQ+ allies. 

Pride in enabling faster access to therapies for LGBTQ+ patients 

Our company vision is to enable faster patient access to therapies that improve health outcomes – and that means all patients. LGBTQ+ patients can experience discrimination in a range of healthcare settings, which can negatively impact on their access to treatment, health, and well-being. 

My colleagues welcome the opportunity to discuss these challenges with any clients and partner with them to understand more about the patient access experience of marginalized groups who need equal access to healthcare. 

Pride month is the perfect time to reflect, or celebrate, or act 

Pride month marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots and gives us an opportunity to reflect on the changes that those pioneers and the many that have followed them have led.  

If you’d like to join in today, here are 3 simple ideas to get you started: 

  1. wear a Pride badge to work or in your virtual meetings to show your support 
  2. display Pride posters in your workplace or use a virtual meeting background; here are some free downloads
  3. invite group of colleagues for a virtual-coffee and use these conversation starters and quiz to have a positive conversation about Pride in the workplace. 

If you try any of these ideas or if your organization is recognizing Pride month in other ways, I’d love to hear about it  please get in touch! 

Further reading 

  1. Myers V. Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.® Diversity and Inclusion Training 2020. https://www.vernamyers.com/. 

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