As organizations work towards incorporating more (and improved) diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices within the workplace, it’s important to recognize the significance of celebrating holidays in support of inclusion. Inclusive holiday planning goes beyond simply switching from a Christmas party to a holiday party it focuses not only on celebrating but also providing education to employees to understand the significance behind each holiday.
Whether the holidays you recognize are cultural or religious, they each represent a valuable part of your employees’ identity, which in turn impacts the experience they have with the company. In fact, 89% of job seekers and current employees say commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical in an employer. If they feel truly represented, there is a higher likelihood of better productivity, innovation and authentic contribution, and retention.
There are so many global holidays and celebrations to consider, but it’s all about your unique workforce. When celebrating different holidays in the workplace it gives everyone an opportunity to learn about different cultures and the significance and history behind each celebration If your employees consider themselves to be heard, celebrated, and supported by authentic and intentional efforts from leadership, you will open the door for honest communication and diverse feedback, which enhances DEI in the workplace even further.
Firstly, diversity and inclusion can’t truly succeed without input from the whole team. So, when it comes to which holidays you should honor and celebrate (and how), the most important starting point is asking what your employees value. You can incorporate this into your hiring and onboarding process, during quarterly or annual reviews, within surveys and small group discussions, or by leveraging your ERGs.
Leadership can’t assume anyone’s cultural or religious values — they must truly listen to what employees have to say and actively facilitate that conversation. It’s also important to communicate with employees in return and explain the intent and goal of honoring more diversity in this way, which ultimately should be to create a more welcoming, dynamic, and productive environment.
Additionally, when looking to celebrate make sure to be intentional and think about certain items for each holiday.
The next step is to utilize a DEI holiday calendar and content guide to learn about diverse celebrations and foster consistent employee engagement.
At Circa, we’ve created ABI a ready-to-use DEI calendar, content, guides, and resources to help organizations learn more about creating an inclusive workplace through holidays and observances.
ABI has a holistic calendar that includes:
To take your DEI initiative and practices even further, our DEI content library includes:
Our number one goal at Circa is to help organizations make true change and harness the power to transform their businesses beyond mandates and requirements. Learn more about how we can help you leverage DEI in your workplace and build high-performing, diverse teams.