Pride month 2022: why we recognize pride in our workplaces

It’s June and its Pride month 2022! Heres 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’s embedded in our workplace culture 

At PRMA Consulting, a member of Fishawack Health (FH), 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. 

Across our global teams, 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 of our ongoing activities, including awareness of Transgender Day of Visibility, LGBTQ+ History Month, and how we use gender pronouns in our workplaces. Please 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 us, just adding a rainbow to our company logo would be disingenuous to the experiences of people who are LGBTQ+. 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 one of our six Employee Network Groups is focused on the experience of people who are LGBTQ+. This group’s primary responsibility is to strengthen our strategic and structured approach to LGBTQ+ initiatives so our workplaces in Europe, the US, and Asia-Pacific are truly inclusive, and colleagues feel able to bring their whole selves to work and flourish. 

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

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 adults who are LGBTQ+ 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. 

That’s why we work internationally with students through FH’s Youth Mentorship and Coaching Programs. We want to help to equip future business leaders with the confidence, skills, and network to enter the workplace confident to be themselves, to be brave, and to challenge. 

 

Pride in enabling faster access to therapies for LGBTQ+ patients 

We imagine a healthier world and create the connections to make it happen – and that means better health for all. Patients who are LGBTQ+ can experience discrimination in a range of healthcare settings, which can negatively impact on their access to treatment, health, and wellbeing. 

Our Policy, Access, Value, and Evidence colleagues in FH 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 who have followed them have led. Also, for our colleagues in our UK offices, 2022 is a significant anniversary as it is fifty years since the first Pride took place in the UK. 

If you’d like to join in and recognize Pride in your workplace, here are 3 simple ideas to get you started: 

  • Wear a Pride badge to work or in your virtual meetings to show your support. 
  • Display Pride posters in your workplace or use a virtual meeting background; here are some free downloads. 
  • Invite a 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, we would love to hear about it – please get in touch. 

Further reading 

Myers V. Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.® Diversity and Inclusion Training 2020. 

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